The flower count begins today, March 6th and wraps up on March 13th, 2019.
Each municipality across Greater Victoria is encouraged to take up the challenge to be the “Bloomingest Community” of the Greater Victoria area! People reporting flower counts will have their number attributed to their community.
Whether they live on the Saanich Peninsula or in Sooke, every flower counts, for their own community and for the overall total.
From the official Flower Count website: “The Greater Victoria Flower Count is an annual light-hearted promotion sponsored and organized by The Butchart Gardens and Destination Greater Victoria.
“The goal is to bolster community pride and increase awareness of Greater Victoria as an attractive shoulder-season tourism destination. It brings national and international attention to the fact that Victoria (City of Gardens) has the mildest climate in Canada.”
Next is the part where local residents get most shall-we-say annoying when they email relatives in Winnipeg or Halifax of this annual tradition.
“While the rest of Canada and much of the US is still in the cold clutches of winter weather, Victoria often enjoys spring temperatures of 10-15° Celsius (up to 60° Fahrenheit).”
Of course, it’s been a cold spring here on the West Coast, so the numbers may be down somewhat this year. But the week has just begun, and temperatures are warming up. Get your counters ready!
Last year’s results were as follows:
- 2018 “Bloomingest Community”: Colwood: 2,029,598,802
- 2018 Community Runner Up: Saanich: 721,903,164
- 2018 Winning School: John Stubbs Memorial Elementary
- 2018 Total Blooms Counted: 3,467,394,781