Courtenay Seeks Volunteers for Mile of Flowers Event

by Anna

Courtenay, a city nestled in British Columbia, is on the lookout for volunteers to partake in a floral extravaganza known as the Mile of Flowers Plant-in, scheduled for late May.

Originating in 1967, the Mile of Flowers Plant-in holds a cherished place in Courtenay’s history. It was launched by Kathleen Kirk to commemorate Canada’s centennial year, where she planted 7,800 seedlings to delight tourists. Since then, the tradition has endured, with hundreds of volunteers participating each year, culminating in its upcoming 57th anniversary celebration.

This year, Courtenay is rallying for volunteers, with the aim of recruiting between 200 to 500 individuals. Mayor Bob Wells emphasizes the event’s significance in fostering community bonds, noting the multigenerational participation from Comox Valley residents. Mayor Wells extends a warm invitation to everyone, encouraging them to embrace the joyous occasion, which has become a beloved annual tradition for many.

No prior experience is necessary to join in the planting festivities, though volunteers are advised to bring along garden gloves and a trowel or spoon to assist in planting flowers along Cliffe Avenue. To keep energy levels high, snacks and refreshments will be provided.

The Mile of Flowers Plant-in kicks off at 5:00 p.m. on May 28 and will continue until 7:00 p.m., promising an evening of communal spirit and floral delight for all participants.

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