The results are in and Greater Victoria’s annual flower count blossomed in 2016, setting a new record.
Residents counted an amazing 25,864,976,064 blooms during the 41stannual Flower Count from March 3-9.
That smashes the 2010 record of 21.7 billion and tops last year’s 2nd best count ever by 8 billion blooms.
“Flower Count is a 4 decades old tradition in Victoria that we are happy to support,” says Paul Nursey, President & CEO of Tourism Victoria.
“Our spring-like winters differentiate our destination from others which is why tourists from all over the world increasingly see Victoria as a key and unique Canadian experience.”
Colwood snapped up the title as the “Bloomingest Community” for the third straight year.
“Great work flower counters! We are blooming with pride!” said a message from the City of Colwood posted on social media.
Organizers say it faced some unexpected competition from the municipality of North Saanich, which placed second.
The City of Victoria took third place.
The school component of the event had grade 4 and 5 classes from schools around the region competing to see which school could count the most, while learning some math skills.
Colwood’s École John Stubbs Memorial School took top spot for the third straight year with over 6.7 billion blooms tallied.
Deep Cove Elementary was second with 4.7 billion and Quadra Elementary placed third with over 725 million.
Schools accounted for 49% of the flowers counted during the week long event.
This year’s flower count drew website visitors from all provinces and territories in Canada.
A total of 31 countries, as well as visitors from 29 US states, logged on to the web