West Kelowna gardeners win awards

Partners in Bloom Most Beautiful contest winners revealed.

The City of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation have a lot of curb appeal thanks to the hard work of home owners and businesses in the two Westside communities.

Awards and appreciation gifts were presented to 2015 Partners in Bloom Most Beautiful Contest winners and nominees during a reception held Sunday night at the Cove Lakeside Resort.

Winners were announced in the following categories:

·         Business—Paynter’s Market

·         Curb Appeal—Annette and Bob Mason

·         Edible Garden—Nadine Charlton

·         Large Personal Garden—Jenny Kerkovius

·         Medium Personal Garden—Marilyn Mathieson

·         Small Personal Garden—Melba Reid

·         Strata—The Pointe


Okanagan Master Gardeners Heather Doheny, Pat Zander and Hermann Matis judged the entries and made evaluations based on Communities in Bloom National Program criteria, which emphasize smart design, turf and ground cover best practices and environmentally friendly techniques.

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility, beautification and quality of life through community participation and protecting and promoting greenspaces.

Partners in Bloom is a City of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation joint initiative to advance the goals of Communities in Bloom in the two communities.