The Communities in Bloom judges had nothing but compliments for the town of Bruderheim.
The two judges, Lucy Chang of Ottawa and Louise Dumouchel of Gatineau, Quebec, toured and inspected the town on Thursday (July 27).
"It's a booming little town, the people a certainly very friendly and there's beautiful flowers despite the bad weather you've had recently," said Dumouchel. "I think the town is doing really well."
Both judges noticed "excitement in the air," with the new hotel, pharmacy and the recent street light upgrades to LED.
"I would really like to see Bruderheim five years from today," remarked Chang. "I think I know what it would look like; really nice and green."
"There are quite a few newly planted trees, they're still very small, so I envision a town with a greener canopy and higher trees and it's certainly going to be a little paradise here," added Dumouchel.
The judges looked at how tidy the town was, what kind of environmental actions they're taking, how well they're preserving their natural and cultural heritage, amount and quality of greenspaces, condition of their urban forest, general landscaping and beautification as well as the sense of volunteerism in town.
The National and International category winners will be announced in Ottawa from September 13 to 16 during the Symposium and Awards Ceremonies.
Last year, Bruderheim won five "blooms" scoring over 82 per cent in the judging. Although they didn't claim first prize, they did score the Community of Gardeners Award.