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Fort St. John recognized in national Communities in Bloom magazine

Here’s a hint to this year’s Communities in Bloom team: use the Edible Landscapes program again. Not only did it earn the city a special mention in last year’s competition, but it has now been featured in the national Communities in Bloom magazine.

The one-page article, written by Communities in Bloom judge Evelyn Alemanni, highlights the use of Edible Landscaping at the City’s facilities.

“In Fort St. John, B.C., the city’s horticulture staff has not only embraced the concept of edible landscaping but has convinced the city that it’s the way to go,” she writes.

She outlines the use of rain water collected from the Pomeroy Sport Centre for irrigation, and the fruit and vegetable plants surrounding City Hall and other public locations. She also answers the frequently asked question, is it ok to go for a snack in the gardens?

“Of course!,” she responds. “Recently the Chinese Speed skating Team was in town for training, and after their practice sessions, they could be found outside, hunting for delicious strawberries.”

Fort St. John will once again participate in the national competition in 2012, which garnered the city a 5 Bloom rating last year, as well as the designation of national winner in the Community Edible Garden category.

The article, titled “You’re Invited to Dinner at City Hall – the Unusual Gardens of Fort St. John, B.C.” can be found in the May issue of Communities in Bloom magazine.