March 15, 2011
Denis Flanagan CLD
Director of public relations and membership services

Denis FlanaganPart of the success of Landscape Ontario has been the readiness of the Provincial Board to encourage partnerships with other organizations. A good example of this is our developing relationship with Communities in Bloom — Ontario.

The mission of CiB dovetails nicely with the goals of LO on many fronts: connecting with municipalities and local governments, enhancing people’s lives and beautifying our province.

The Communities in Bloom name has built a tremendous reputation over the years, well recognized by many groups and levels of government. This provides a valuable conduit for a trade association in order to achieve recognition and connections.

Some achievements of our partnership in 2011 so far include:
  • A presentation by the Lieutenant Governor David Onley at Congress in January with a commitment that he would welcome a meeting with our industry to discuss accessibility issues in parks and gardens.
  • Presentations at Markham and Hamilton council meetings to celebrate green community initiatives. Both CiB and LO were recognized and thanked by both mayors.
  • Promotion of Garden Tourism at Canada Blooms, both on a national level through the garden coalition and the garden train route and on a provincial level with the participation of local tourism offices in marketplace.
  • Organizing an event at Canada Blooms for the Ontario Minister of Natural Resources Linda Jeffrey to launch the Plant Local Trees Challenge.
  • Promoting the full CiB program that is judged on eight criteria, leading to national and international competitions.
  • Promotion of the Green for Life community award. This is being sponsored by the LO Garden Centre Sector Group in 2011 and encourages members to partner with community groups on local projects that improve the environment.
These projects will be judged this summer and the category winners will be announced at an awards ceremony during Expo in October. This a wonderful opportunity for garden centres, LO Chapters or individual members to be recognized for their community work.

For more info or to enter, contact CiB Ontario executive director Lee Rozen at

Thank you to the CiB Ontario board members, Bob Allen, Janet Anderson, Peter Kamerman and Martin Quinn, for their continued guidance, and to the LO Provincial Board members for their continued support.
Denis Flanagan may be contacted at