Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins stands in front of cherry blossom trees outside the Esquimalt Recreation Centre.

Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins stands in front of cherry blossom trees outside the Esquimalt Recreation Centre.

Esquimalt mayor determined to win Flower Count

Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins is rallying the community for the upcoming Flower Count

The Victoria Flower Count is a chance for Greater Victoria to count its blossoms and show off its early spring weather to the rest of the country. But it is also a friendly competition between the municipalities to see who can count the most flowers.

This year, Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins is taking the competition to the next level.

“I don’t think we have [won before], which is why I wanted to get a huge effort out this year,” she said.

I heard [Colwood Mayor] Carol Hamilton was bragging that Colwood won last year, and she told me the secret of how she did it.”

That secret, said Desjardins, is getting the schools involved.

Coun. Meagan Brame has contacted all of the schools in Esquimalt, and so far she has heard back from Rockheights Middle School.

“They’re totally excited about being a part of the Flower Count,” said Brame. “The more we engage our children and youth in the community, the more they feel attached to it and take pride in it.”

Desjardins said she is confident Esquimalt can count more blossoms than the other municipalities this year.

“We’ve been putting it out on Facebook and I’ve been rallying the troops,” she said, adding she has also gotten the Esquimalt Garden Club and the Township Community Arts Council involved. “We have pockets of areas of Esquimalt that are so far ahead in terms of blossoms and flowers, and I think if we made that concerted effort to go and count these blossoms, that we could win hands down.”

The Victoria Flower Count runs from March 5 to 11.

For more information, please go online to flowercount.com.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The HarbourCats’ 2021 season is cancelled. (Photo courtesy of the Victoria HarbourCats)
No at-bats for Victoria HarbourCats, Nanaimo NightOwls this season due to COVID-19

No Canadian teams will play in the 2021 West Coast League season

An Extinction Rebellion Vancouver Island (XRVI) climate change event in 2019 saw a large crowd occupy the Johnson Street bridge. (Black Press Media file photo)
TRAFFIC: Protest occupying one lane of Douglas Street southbound

Extinction Rebellion activists are marching from Vancouver to the B.C. legislative building

One person has been arrested following an assault on a man with Down syndrome along Dallas Road April 17. (Black Press Media file photo)
Man with Down syndrome attacked along Dallas Road

Suspected assailant arrested, sent to hospital for mental health assessment

Victoria police are asking for help locating high-risk missing man Derek Whittaker, last seen in Victoria April 12. (Courtesy of VicPD)
MISSING: Police searching for Derek Whittaker, last seen in Victoria

Whittaker believed to be driving 1994 red Volkswagen Golf

Victoria police arrested a wanted man April 19, seizing drugs, firearms and body armour. (Courtesy of VicPD)
Drugs, loaded weapons, body armour seized from Victoria suite

Man was wanted for the possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking

Public health restrictions on non-essential travel and vacation bookings are being increased in B.C. (B.C. government)
Out-of-region B.C. vacation bookings, RV ferry reservations to be refused

B.C. extends COVID-19 indoor dining, group fitness ban until May 25

Chakalaka Bar & Grill remains open in defiance of orders from Island Health to close. (Cole Schisler photo)
Island Health seeks injunction against restaurant defying COVID-19 orders

VIHA says Ladysmith-area Chakalaka Bar and Grill also violating water and sewer regulations

Pharmacist Barbara Violo arranges all the empty vials of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines that she has provided to customers at the Junction Chemist which is a independent pharmacy during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto, on Monday, April 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
B.C. to target people ages 40+ in ‘high risk communities’ with AstraZeneca vaccine

A total of 13 neighbourhoods and communities will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine

Carver Ken Sheen had almost finished work on a large cowboy carving commissioned by the City of Williams Lake to replace the original overlooking the Stampede Grounds when fire broke out Friday, April 18 at his property between Williams Lake and Quesnel. (Pine River Carving Facebook photos)
Cow boss statue destined for Williams Lake Stampede Grounds goes up in flames

Carver Ken Sheen lost the statue, all his tools and his shop in the blaze

B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains. (Hansard TV)
B.C. moves to protect employee pay for COVID-19 vaccination

Most won’t need to take time off work, labour minister says

Orca 1
Orcas: Our Shared Future finally surfaces at Royal B.C. Museum

Museum dives into the world of the killer whale as delayed feature exhibition now open

Polystyrene has been outlawed as a take-out option for restaurants in Tofino and Ucluelet. (Black Press Media file photo)
Styrofoam done as a takeout option on Island’s Pacific Rim

Tofino and Ucluelet ban polystyrene take-out containers

Most Read