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The Fort St. John Communities in Bloom organization is encouraging residents to beautify their gardens for the upcoming judging.

Karen Simpson is the Chair of Fort St. John Communities in Bloom organization and says there will be two judges from the organization coming to visit the city at the end of July.

Communities in Bloom is a national non-profit organization that is “committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement” through the use of green spaces in communities across Canada.

Residents and businesses are asked to make the city’s green spaces looking their best.

The organization will also be holding the 2010 Garden Contest this month.

Two judges from the horticultural society will be viewing gardens and making the decisions on the winners.

Residents with a residential, not for profit garden can enter and the prizes for first and second place are a $300 and $200 gift certificate, respectively. Entry forms can be obtained at City Hall or by visiting their website.

The deadline to enter a garden is Monday, July 12.

As another way to beautify the community, the Fort St. John chapter will also be helping to create a better space around the Fort Hotel.

The group will be painting wood pieces for the fence surrounding the hotel. Simpson says the benefit will be that the pieces will be able to be moved around the community if the fence gets torn down in the fall.

The painting will take place on July 20 and 21 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the North Peace Cultural Centre.

Interested youth between the ages of 16 and 25 who want to participate can contact Stephanie Peters, the

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