Achcroft Communities in Bloom members (l-r) Shirlee Johnson

Ashcroft CiB looking for Best Edible Residential Garden

Ashcroft Communities in Bloom is looking for vegetables gardens of distinction.

Ashcroft Communities in Bloom committee are requesting the help of our local citizens in finding residents who have vegetable gardens worth noting. We have found many wonderful yards filled with flowers and eye catching landscaping, but because vegetable gardens are usually found in the backyards they go unnoticed.

We are sure that in our Village there are many people who grow a vegetable garden and that many are worthy of recognition. The size of the vegetable garden is not that important, rather, consideration will be given to the variety of the plants being grown, the overall esthetics (neatness and landscaping), incorporation into the yard and the health of the plants. The garden may be grown directly in the ground, in raised beds or even containers. The adult category is the Best Residential Edible Garden.

We are also on the lookout for any youth (14 years of age and under) who may be growing and caring for their own vegetable garden. It can be tended and grown by one or more children and consideration will be given for the same areas as in the adult category. In both categories, bonus consideration will be given if the crop is to be shared with others, food banks etc.

Why is Communities in Bloom asking for this information? Well, each year we submit a name of a local resident along with photos and a small description to the Scotts Miracle Grow Garden Contest. We enter one resident into the Best Residential Flower Garden and are very proud that one of our residents was a national winner a few years ago!

This year, we would also like to enter a resident’s name in the Best Residential Edible Garden as well as one in the Best Youth-Run Edible Garden categories. So, we are asking for the help of our local citizens and ask that you either give us a call or an email with a name. Please call Andrea at 250 453-9402 or email We ask that you contact us by July 15 in order to give us time to get all the paperwork done.

Our selections that are entered into the contest will be in the small town category and winners will receive a wonderful gift basket from Scotts.

We are always proud to showcase what our local residents can do, so please give us a helping hand with this.

Andrea Walker

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