Mile of Flowers Plant-In
Volunteers needed for community planting event
Come out and join the biggest planting event in Courtenay! The Mile of Flowers is marking 56 years of filling Cliffe Avenue boulevards with colourful blooms on Tuesday, May 30.
The Plant-in starts at 5 p.m. and goes until around 7 p.m. Volunteers from the community are invited to fill the garden beds on both sides of Cliffe Avenue from 8th to 21st Streets with summer flowers provided by the City of Courtenay.
No prior experience is required – just pick an open spot, and start planting. Participants are asked to bring garden gloves and a trowel or spoon for digging.
Typically, between 200 and 500 volunteers are needed. Youth groups are encouraged to take part and all youth groups attending will be entered in a random draw to win a one-hour pool party at the outdoor pool in Lewis Park.
Refreshments will be available for volunteers. Instead of a barbeque, the City of Courtenay in partnership with Courtenay Rotary Club will be providing free cold drinks and snacks for people to enjoy as they are planting.
The City of Courtenay sends heartfelt thanks to all the community volunteers, clubs and organizations who have helped beautify our community for so many years.
For more information, please contact City of Courtenay at 250-334-4441 or email email@example.com
The Mile of Flowers is a Comox Valley 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. From those beginnings launched an annual effort to plant tens of thousands of flowers in garden beds along Courtenay’s main thoroughfare.
In a typical year, hundreds of volunteers of all ages fill the garden beds on both sides of Cliffe Avenue with summer flowers provided by the City of Courtenay. Typically, between 200 and 500 volunteers are needed.
The Mile of Flowers was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Maintenance and watering
Did you know that aside from looking great year after year, the Mile of Flowers has also made great strides in reducing water use? A lot less – new methods are saving approximately 600,000 gallons of water per year. This is roughly equivalent to an Olympic size swimming pool! Management strategies such as compost, mulch and new soil have greatly improved water retention. A number of flower beds have also been converted to water-efficient drip-irrigation, with some beds converted to water-efficient perennial blooms and shrubs.