The 45th annual Greater Victoria Flower Count brought nearly 46 billion vibrant blossoms to the Lower Island this March.
Between March 4 and March 11, the municipalities in the Greater Victoria area went head-to-head in a light-hearted, yet spirited grow-off, attempting to produce the most flowers.
This year, the “Bloomingest” community was Saanich, tallying a total of 44,955,892,129 blossoms over the week-long event.
“Saanich is proud to win the 45th Annual Greater Victoria Flower Count” said District of Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes. “From large public places like Mt. Douglas Park to the many individual gardens throughout the community, it is no wonder Saanich residents submitted the largest count.”
Victoria finished in the runner-up slot with 564,585,757 blossoms counted and that had Mayor Haynes feeling confident about outgrowing the field at next year’s event too.
“I am known to say that Saanich puts the “great” in greater Victoria. I very pleased to be able to say Saanich also puts out most of the amazing blooms in the region. We look forward to defending our
title next year.”
Along with the “Bloomingest” title, the event hands out an award for Elementary school participation and this year’s top honours went to Ms. Susan Holmes’s class at Cordova Bay Elementary School in
Saanich, who will receive a limousine trip to The Butchart Gardens.
“The Greater Victoria Flower Count is a great tradition and community event” said Paul Nursey, CEO of Destination Greater Victoria. “Each and every year Greater Victorians count blooms in their parks, gardens and public spaces to see who can come out on top. An event that fully engages the community like Greater Victoria Flower Count is great to see.”