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Garden Tours

Come Out and See Barrie's Beautiful Gardens!

Communities in Bloom is a national program involving hundreds of communities. Communities participate with other communities in their population category within their province. In July and August, trained provincial volunteer judges travel to participating communities to evaluate the overall contributions of municipal council and departments, industry, businesses, and the private sector, following the eight program criteria: tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape, turf and groundcovers, floral displays, and community involvement.

Any community is allowed to participate in a non-competitive category either to learn about the program, or, if they are past provincial participants or national finalists, to maintain their rating from the previous year.

The awards are later presented a bloom rating from 1 to 5 blooms (5 being the highest ranking) which is presented during the Communities in Bloom National Awards.

4346 Highway 90
Springwater, ON L9X 1T7
Tel: (705) 725-9913

Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery

With two locations to serve you better, Bradford Greenhouses is your one-stop-shop to fulfill all of your home decor and garden needs. Shop over 87,000 square feet of nursery stock at our Barrie location, rain or shine, in one of Ontario's only indoor climate controlled nurseries. With thousands of varieties to choose from, you will surely find the right perennials, trees, shrubs, vines, or roses that best reflect your garden and sense of style.

If you are in the market to spruce up your annual flowerbeds, our Bradford location boasts 10 acres of greenhouses where we grow and supply only the highest quality product to garden centers all across Ontario.

Below, find some of our beautiful gardens created and maintained by the City of Barrie that are part of the Communities in Bloom Challenge:

Collier Street
Fred Grant Memorial Square
Heritage Park
Codrington Street