Whitby In Bloom



Whitby In Bloom (WIB) is a civic beautification program that promotes environmental responsibility and civic pride. Whitby In Bloom is based on the international Communities in Bloom (CiB) program. The WIB program's success is largely attributed to the dedicated efforts of community volunteers and the participation of Whitby residents. Browse the photos of past Whitby In Bloom events and enjoy the Whitby in Bloom Experience!   

Rain Barrel Sale extended to Thursday May 26th

The Whitby In Bloom Committee invite all residents to decrease their use of water by using a rain barrel. A rain barrel can be used to collect rain water that in turn can be used for plants and gardens. Click here to learn more about rain barrels.

Purchasing a rain barrel as part of the WIB Rain barrel sale will support local food banks  and here is how it works:

  • Go to www.rainbarrel.ca/brooklin  
  • View details on the top of the page for more information about the WIB sale
  • Chose the rain barrel that is $55
  • Click on add to cart
  • Go to view cart to insure your order is correct
  • Proceed to check out to pay for your rain barrel

Pick up your rain barrel Saturday May 28, 2016

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Grass Park, 19 Cassels Road, Brooklin, ON

Don't miss the Brooklin Horticulture Plant Sale also at this location.

 Whitby In Bloom Garden Tour - Register here! 

Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Visit one or all of the properties that will on the 2016 WIB Garden Tour. Tour sites will be in Whitby and Brooklin with each garden being unique, varying in size, structure and plant material. In lieu of a fee, non perishable food items will be collected for local food banks. Drop off your donation at one of the garden tour locations. The Garden Tour Brochure and Map will be your guide for the tour!  Watch for the 2016 edition here in June 2016. 

Free Garden Seminars - Register here! 

Whitby In Bloom Garden Seminars are offered in partnership with Brooklin Horticultural Society at Brooklin United Church, 19 Cassels Road East and begin at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of a fee, non-perishable food items will be collected and donated to local food banks.Presenters include:

Vicki Taylor-Scott
May 25, 2016
Container Gardening

Vicki's love of gardening led her to acquiring her license in Landscape Architecture along with many horticultural diplomas.none of the formality of her education has done anything to bridle her ever growing enthusiasm. Humour is the mandatory element of her presentations and as she insists, the key ingredient that nurtures every gardener. 

Join Vicki and start thinking outside the usual constraints of gardening and learn that the possibilities are endless and the ideas are something to behold.  Vicki will take you on a journey that will make you laugh and leave you inspired to go home and just break the mould. 

Durham Master Gardeners Workshop

The Whitby Sustainability Advisory Committee in partnership with the Whitby Public Library invites you to free gardening workshops delivered by Durham Master Gardeners. Join us from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Whitby Public Library, 405 Dundas Street West, Whitby, Room 1 (A&B).

May 26: Introduction to Vegetable Gardening
June 15: Native Plants and Invasive Species

Town of Whitby Wins Communities in Bloom Awards!

  • 2016 - National Participant - non evaluated
  • 2015 - National Participant - non evaluated
  • 2014 - National Edition Winner - 5 Bloom Award recipient and recognition for: Preservation and Relocation of the Circa 1812 Lynde House
  • 2013 - 5 Bloom Award - National Edition - Recognition for Blue and green infrastructure 
  • 2012 - Membership Program - Provincial Edition
  • 2011 - Membership Program - Provincial Edition
  • 2010 - 5 Bloom Award - National Edition - Outstanding Achievement Award-Environmental Action presented by Waste Management
  • 2009 - Circle of Excellence - National Edition
  • 2008 - Friends Program - National Edition
  • 2007 - 5 Bloom Award - National Edition - Criteria Award - Landscaped Areas presented by Canadian Nursery   Landscape Association
  • 2006 - 5 Bloom Award - Provincial Edition - Special Mention Living Fences
  • 2005 - 4 Bloom Award - Provincial Edition

Communities in Bloom Program

The Towns Whitby In Bloom Committee has created programs and activities based on the  international CiB Program. Municipalities can enter one of several CiB programs annually. In 2016 the Town of Whitby will register for the National non evaluated program. Municipalities who participate in the evaluated category of the CiB program must create a Community Guide Book. This book provides all the information that the judges are looking for and is a wonderful reference for residents.To learn more about Communities in Bloom click here.   

View the Whitby In Bloom Community Guide by clicking on the image below.


Whitby Wins at the 2014 National Communities in Bloom Symposium and Awards Ceremony

The Town of Whitby was announced as the winner of the Over 50,000 population category, with a 5 Bloom rating and a special recognition for The Preservation and Relocation of the Circa 1812 Lynde House during the 2014 National Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Charlottetown, PEI., on the afternoon of September 20, 2014. Staff, Committee and volunteers were thrilled to have received these prestigious awards.

Volunteer with Whitby In Bloom!

Participating in Whitby In Bloom instills civic pride, offers visible benefits to the larger community through beautification projects, and raises the profile of Whitby in the eyes of visitors. You can become involved by volunteering with the Whitby In Bloom Committee. Complete our volunteer application form to get started.

Keep Blooming Whitby!

Share your photos and garden stories with the WIB Committee. We look forward to hearing from you and sharing your updates in our photo gallery!