Communities in Bloom
The Front of Yonge Communities in Bloom committee was formed in 2002, competing on a provincial level before going national in 2004. Now FOY can boast of being a '5-bloom' municipality since 2005.
We are a 20 member team with mixed interests. Some are veteran gardeners, some have a keen interest in trees, while others are concerned about environmental issues. Some have joined just to learn more about their own properties or how to help improve the community's appearance. We work as a team to fund raise and educate through gardening seminars, plant sales and garden tours.
The entire township falls within the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve which promotes sustainable tourism, purchasing local foodstuffs and environmental education to name a few projects.
Thousand Islands National park has invited us to advise them and assist them with their floral renaturalization process. Now a stately ribbon of wildflowers borders the roadside perimeters of the park day use area.
Earth Day each year signifies community cleanup and CIB members are happily joined by other individuals and groups for a 'spring cleaning'. Front of Yonge Elementary students, in the past, have enjoyed growing seeds in the classroom, and creating floral artwork on take-home bags for gardening seminars.
We continue to add to our beautiful garden behind the library as well as maintain our heritage vegetable garden behind the Mallory Coach House, circa 1885, a local Heritage Society renovation project.
For the past three years we have purchased 500 tree seedlings from the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority and potted them up to sell at our annual plant sale in mid-May. More than 35 urns line our main village streets each year, including “The Road of Remembrance” for our veterans. Bicyclists often seek the shade at our checkerboard station near the Township office. Carefully tended flower beds are scattered throughout the village brightening each corner. We are very proud of the changing face of our community due to our hard work. We receive many compliments from residents and visitors.
The Front of Yonge Township Communities in Bloom committee is a 5 bloom entrant.
There are lots to see and do in Front of Yonge Township!
- Take a walk through our village to see some heritage homes.
- Rest in the gazebo at the Mallory Coach House garden.
- Bike along the St. Lawrence River on our special bike and walking path.
- Swim at Brown's Bay Provincial Park.
- Learn about our native flora and fauna at the Thousand Islands National Park, and have a picnic among the wildflowers.
- Camp at our many camp sites or stay in a private bed and breakfast.
- Weekend artist tours are held in May, October and December. Come and see us! We would love to see you
Congratulations to the Front of Yonge Communities in Bloom members, who recently received recognition from the Province as a Community Showcase for 2010. They received a certificate for their commitment to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility, beautification and improving the quality of life through community participation.
For more information, please contact Joanne Flikweert at 923-2176 or Linda Wells at 923-2618.