With signs of new plant life peeking out from soil beds around the city, contract gardener Rachael Brown, from Trail Communities in Bloom (CiB), is providing an update on what will be springing up around town this year.
Like last year, Brown assures the community that volunteers who are out-and-about raking garden beds, and hanging flowers pots on lamp posts in coming weeks, will be practising COVID-19 rules like social distancing and donning protective gear.
This season, the municipality has dug in even further to help the growers stay well-equipped and safe.
“The benevolent forces at public works have bestowed upon us a ‘new-to-us truck,’ it’s gorgeous and doesn’t smell of bone meal yet,” quipped Brown. “Public works has also received our 2021 wish list, [including] irrigation upgrades, and garden bed infrastructure maintenance. And they have loaded us up with awesome PPE; masks, sanitizer and gloves so that our venture out into the gardens is done responsibly.”
She reminds all volunteers to stay home if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, if they’ve been in contact with someone COVID-positive in the past 14 days, or if they’ve returned from travel outside of Canada in the past 14 days.
“Otherwise, let’s shout at each other from opposite ends of the garden beds while we rake up,” she said.
The pandemic quashed the real-time national and international CiB competition in 2020; so this year Trail joins other communities for a virtual edition in the non-evaluated category.
Trail entered the Communities in Bloom program in 2002 in an effort to improve the city’s aesthetics and overcome its industrial-town image. Since then the volunteer-led group has won numerous top honours and gained esteemed recognition for the city both nationally and internationally.