(Image by Doug Clement Photography)

The annual Greater Victoria Flower Count that began earlier this month has just come to a conclusion, and the region has a brand new winner!

For the past five years in a row, the municipality of Colwood took home the title of the ‘Bloomingest Community’ in Greater Victoria.

But this year, the winner of the prestigious title is… *drumroll*… the City of Victoria, with nearly 20 billion flowers counted!

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This year’s annual flower count, which took place between March 6th and March 13th, saw a whopping 44 billion blooms counted in the Greater Victoria area.

After Victoria, the municipality that has the second-most number of blossoms is Saanich, at 14.5 billion blossoms.

The Greater Victoria Flower Count is an annual event that began in 1976 and inspires people to count blooming spring flowers in communities across the island for one week.

The program hopes to boost community pride, promote tourism to the City of Gardens, and highlight Southern Vancouver Island’s temperate climate in contrast with the rest of the country.

The exact numbers:

  • 2019 “Bloomingest Community”: Victoria: 19,948,306,872
  • 2019 Community Runner Up:  Saanich: 14,500,799,300
  • 2019 Winning School:  Cordova Bay
  • 2019 Total Municipal Blooms Counted: 44,588,324,077

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