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Trail Garden Tour 2014

The Trail Garden Contest has up to $5,000.00 in cash prizes this year!

Applications are at City Hall. Entry deadline is July 11th, judging on July 13th, Awards night July 16th, 6:30 pm at Columbo Piazza.

The Trail Garden Tour is July 19th, 10 - 3pm. Maps by donation at Ferraro Foods July 10th and 11th, 10 - 4pm.

Trail in Bloom Garden Tour 2010
Pictures taken July 17th, 2010
    Each year Communities in Bloom, the national volunteer organization devoted to the beautification of Canadian cities, holds a competition in which the participating communities across Canada are evaluated on criteria such as landscape, floral displays, turf and groundcovers, overall tidiness, etc.

    Not everyone knows that the City of Trail, West Kootenay, BC, was the proud  National Winner of the Communities in Bloom competition in the category of cities with a population under 10,000 twice, in 2006 and again in 2010!

Flowers in containers

Vast lawns with borders filled with colours and fragrances ...    

    Trail in Bloom Garden Tours are the occasion for the general public to see the reasons for that.

    The tours are an initiative of Trail Community in Bloom and are sponsored by Teck Metals Ltd.

    Each tour is preceded by the garden contest.

    There are many categories in which to compete: beds and borders, fruit and vegetables, newly established garden, first time entry garden, specialty garden (featuring special garden structures like pond, gazebo, etc.), garden architecture and Winner of Winners' Circle. There are also awards for the most beautiful block in the community and the nicest commercial lot. In 2010 several new categories were introduced such as best rose garden, patios and terraces and rock gardens.

    Participating gardens are evaluated by a group of selected by the Trail CiB committee outside judges, horticulturalists and garden experts. The best gardens in each category are chosen for the show.

Backyards of duplexes transformed into tiny paradises


    In 2010 there were 25 gardens  big and small on the tour, scattered all around the town, filled with colours, shapes and fragrances, everyone unique in design and plant preferences. From vast lawns with lush, colourful borders, to tiny 7 or so meters (20 feet) wide and long paradises at the back of duplexes. There were vegetable gardens, flower gardens, mixed gardens, fruit trees, shrubberies filled with roses, plants in containers... The variety of plants mind boggling. There were terraces, berms, borders, gazebos, arbours, interesting water features, all kinds of garden decorations.

    Those visitors who wanted a short break in the tour, get refreshed with cold drinks and enjoy cool breeze from the river were welcome to the tea at the Teck Guest House on the banks of the mighty Columbia river. 

   There were only two things to complain about. One, that usually there was no host around to talk to and ask questions, and second, that there were too many gardens on the show. I visited only half of them, there was not enough time to see them all. Here they are ...

Unusual plants
Carolina Spice Bush
 Interesting water features



Flower gardens


Cornucopia of colours

Beautiful containers

Vegetable gardens

Potato plants mixed with flowers Tomatoes growing in bordered beds
Big Zucchini and a lot of Dill Lush vegetable garden with Beans and Broad Beans
My favourite
I loved this tiny plot  in the center of Trail,
literally packed with healthy plants
Every tiny bit of soil was  filled with colours and shapes 
...  Roses,  at the bottom-right early Phloxes
Even the heat loving Kalanchoe
appreciates some shade during hot summer days ...
A tiny patio with a "jungle" of plants growing in containers
Gardens on the river banks have a special charm for me,
like this cool garden on the bank of the mighty Columbia
All ready for the tea
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