Mile of Flowers Plant-In

Mile of Flowers Celebrates in 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
5:00 - 7:30 pm

Mile of Flowers, the biggest planting event in Courtenay,  is marking 50 years of filling Cliffe Avenue with blooms and Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

Mile of Flowers, the biggest planting event in Courtenay,  is marking 50 years of filling Cliffe Avenue with blooms and Canada’s 150th birthday on Tuesday, May 30.

The Plant-in starts at 5:00 pm and goes until around 7:30 pm. Volunteers from the community are invited to fill the garden beds on both sides of Cliffe Avenue with summer flowers. The City of Courtenay provides all the flowers. Youth groups are also encouraged to attend, with a chance to win a party rental at the Courtenay Outdoor Pool. Between 200 and 500 volunteers are needed on this special evening.

Tyler Johns, the City’s horticultural supervisor, said the event will be extra special this year. “Expect to see a lot of red and white flower combinations to celebrate Canada’s 150th,” noted Johns. “We’ll be in full celebration mode, so I hope many people and organizations come out and share the fun.”

As in previous years, Courtenay Rotary and the City of Courtenay will host an appreciation barbeque for planters in Standard Park. In 2017, the barbeque will be bigger than ever with special cupcakes to commemorate the 50th anniversary year, family crafts, photos with the fire truck, and a Mile of Flowers historical display. Also, the Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Mobile Library will be on hand to sign people up for library cards, sign out materials, give away library swag, and collect recorded stories from participants about what Canada means to them.

The Mile of Flowers is a tradition dating back to 1967, when Kathleen Kirk set out to commemorate Canada’s centennial year. That year she planted 7,800 seedlings as a welcome to tourists. What began as the initiative of one woman now involves hundreds of volunteers and around 30,000 flowers.

Did you know that aside from looking great every year, the Mile of Flowers is also now designed to use less water?  City Park’s crews add compost, mulch and new soil to improve water retention. A number of flower beds have also been converted to water-efficient drip-irrigation. Some of the beds also are looking great year-round since changing over to water-efficient perennial blooms and shrubs.

The City of Courtenay sends heartfelt thanks to all the community volunteers who have helped for so many years.

For more information, please contact the City of Courtenay at 250-334-4441 or email