The results are in from the Fernie in Bloom competition.
The Chamber of Commerce garden contest was designed to encourage gardeners to make Fernie an even more beautiful place to live.
Working with the City of Fernie Decorations Committee and sponsored by the Free Press and supported by the Fernie Garden Centre, the Chamber introduced the competition to show its commitment to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community participation and the challenge of a competition.
“Fernie is a community nestled in an area of outstanding natural beauty,” said Chamber of Commerce Manager, Sarah Parry. “A great deal of work has gone in to the many gardens, hanging baskets and planter boxes amongst our community.
“Many of the gardens and business frontages are stunning, particularly at this time of year. I am confident Fernie leaves a lasting impression on our visitors and it is a place where people want to live and clearly demonstrate pride of ownership.”
On a final note Parry said, “I would love to see the competition develop and place Fernie on the Communities in Bloom map and I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the judges Mayor Mary Giuliano, Marie Wilfong, local volunteer, Coco vanZyl, Fernie Garden Centre and Andrea Horton, The Free Press.”
Best residential (fruits and vegetables) – Vince and Cathleen Sonntag
Best residential (flowers) – Bernie Palmer and Aldo Scarpelli
Best storefront (no garden) – Polar Peek Books
Best storefront (with a garden) – Carosella
Best Fernie hotel – Lizard Creek
Best Fernie B&B, guest house or condo – Fernie Lodging Company