Edmonton’s Front Yards are in Bloom!
Spring is here, and we want to see your bloomin’ great yards! The Front Yards in
Bloom program is all about recognizing neighbours who make an effort to beautify their
Front Yards in Bloom started in 1999, with 150 nominations in its first year. It is now the
largest program of its kind in Canada. Last year, we received over 4,221 nominations
city-wide. This year, our goal is to receive 5,000 nominations. Nominations can be
submitted from May 20 – June 30, 2016.
Front Yards can be nominated in one of four categories:
General: Appealing front yards that makes people smile as they pass by! These
yards could include a variety of colours, textures, plants, and garden features.
Must have at least 25% flowering plants, but can still include pots and containers.
Natural: Yards with native plants that attract local wildlife such as birds, bees,
butterflies and other insects. A natural yard is one with 60% native plants
(compared to all plants) or more.
Edible: Yards incorporating edible fruits, flowers, and leaves into the landscape
design. An edible yard is one with 60% edible plants (compared to all plants) or
Public Spaces: Yards with landscaping features and aesthetic appeal in front of a
public building (including schools, businesses/offices, multi-unit residences,
churches, and community league halls)
After the nomination deadline, volunteers deliver a sign and brochure to each
nominated yard, and also choose some top yards for recognition. Edmonton Native Plant
Group and Sustainable Food Edmonton judge the top Natural and Edible yards,
respectively. Results will be announced during the Edmonton in Bloom Awards on
Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 7-9pm at the Citadel Theater. Everyone is invited to
attend the celebration!
It’s Easy to Nominate!
Anyone can submit a nomination
Nominations must be for a front yard or a yard visible by everyone.
You can submit nominations via:
Online submission form:
Phone 311 or email
Front Yards in Bloom is a partnership between the Edmonton Horticultural Society, the
City of Edmonton, and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.