Nominations are Open for Pride of PoCo

Poco Pride 2013

With Victoria Day now behind us, gardening season is officially in full swing. In Port Coquitlam, they’ve acknowledged that by opening nominations in their annual Pride of PoCo Garden Awards. From now until July 13, 2013, Port Coquitlam residents are invited to show their civic pride, and acknowledge all the work that local gardeners do to beautify the city. In the process, organizers hope to inspire other gardeners to take up the challenge and start planting.

The Pride of PoCo Garden Awards is an annual event sponsored by the PoCo Garden Club and the City of Port Coquitlam. The Awards recognize the efforts of local gardeners that beautify the community through the cultivation of plants, flowers, fruits, vegetables and other landscaping materials in and around their residential properties. Gardens are judged by members of the PoCo Garden Club and representatives from the City of Port Coquitlam.

Any resident is eligible for nomination. With a wide variety of categories, everyone has the chance to participate. For instance, prizes are awarded for residential front yards, residential back yards, and multi-family gardens and balconies. In honour of the centennial a new category – heritage gardens – was introduced this year. As well, in 2013 for the first time organizers are introducing a vegetable and food-producing garden category, for all of you local food aficionados.

You can find nomination forms online at Or, if you want to kick it old school you can pick them up at any Port Coquitlam city facility. Submit your nomination by email to, by phone to 604.927.5480, or by fax to 604.927.5408. Nomination forms can also be dropped off in person or mailed to City Hall at 2580 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam, BC, V3C 2A8.

Prize-winning gardens are photographed and featured on the City’s website or in publications. Plus, let us not underestimate the importance of bragging rights. Winners will certainly receive those in spades. And yes, that pun was fully intentional.

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