A statue of a soldier holding out his hand to two children, a sunset in the background

The Town of Orangeville is excited to announce it has received a 5 Blooms - Bronze rating during the 2022 National/International Symposium and Awards Ceremonies for its participation in the Communities in Bloom Program.

A special mention was also awarded for the Bravery Garden at Bravery Park. Bravery Park celebrated its unveiling in 2021, and along with an original monument and its gardens, was created to honour Canadian soldiers.

In their evaluation, judges Larry Hall and Berta Briggs wrote their praise about the park.

“The Bravery Garden is a new garden honouring the courage, duty and compassion of Canadian Soldiers, especially those who fought in Afghanistan. The entry to the garden has a beautiful, engraved stone to identify the purpose and meaning of the garden. There are hand carved poppies on a cement bench,” they said. “The center of the garden has an incredible statue of a young soldier kneeling with two Afghani children. A well designed paved walkway invites visitors into this amazing setting that is surrounded by tall grasses and poppies. A wonderful site for those walking to spend a quiet moment but also a great sight for those driving by on the nearby road.”

In July, the Communities in Bloom judges visited Orangeville to evaluate the Town in the Circle of Excellence - Evaluated Category. The evaluations did not occur in 2020 and 2021. Between 2016-2019 the Town of Orangeville received numerous awards and five-star bloom ratings.