Flower Power Unleashed!

2013 marked the sixteenth annual Winnipeg in Bloom awards. This year, over 300 entries were received, in categories ranging from residential to business, from apartment and condominium developments to community efforts.

On August 24, 2013, an awards celebration was held for all entrants, with 260 people attending the event at Rainbow Stage at Kildonan Park.  Fifty-one awards were presented in six categories, with some squeals of excitement coming from the crowd as winners were announced and a photo of the winning property was shown on the screen.

In addition to the awards, everyone in attendance was eligible for a variety of door prizes, provided by The Home Depot. The event wrapped up with coffee and pastries provided by Starbucks Coffee.

Thanks go out to Rainbow Stage for donating the venue, their staff for setting up the stage and audio, and assisting us along the way.

A special moment following the awards presentation came from the Monarch Teacher Network, who released tagged monarch butterflies just outside the venue. Guests were invited to interact with these beautiful butterflies.

One key award was the Winnipeg REALTORS curb appeal award for previous winner residential. In this category, first place winners in 2011 and 2012 competed against each other in what some consider “the best of the best” category. This year’s winner was 43 Berrydale Avenue. It was an emotional win for the homeowner, who said she felt overwhelmed to be recognized.

See the Winnipeg in Bloom page for a full list of winners, as well as a link to photos. A Winnipeg in Bloom DVD can be ordered for $10 by emailing volunteer@takepride.mb.ca.

Thank you to everyone in Winnipeg who adds to the beauty of our city by engaging in front yard gardening.

Thank you to our volunteer judges and those who volunteered their time at the awards celebration to bring it all together!

We need to give a big bouquet of thanks to our title sponsor, The Home Depot, for all their assistance this year.

Thanks as well to our major sponsors: City Press Ltd, Rainbow Stage, Starbucks Coffee, Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg REALTORS and the City of Winnipeg.

Watch our website for a new contest format next year!