How Did It Start?
In the late 1960’s, members of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce started a promotion called “Victorian Days”. In late February, they would visit cities such as Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg, handing out daffodils to the general public, radio stations and news rooms.
In 1976, the event expanded to involve Victoria residents and create a fun promotional story through the counting of February’s flowers. The Victoria Flower Count was born. In 2014, the Flower Count went fully digital, harnessing the power of social media to keep everyone informed on news and updates. Read 5 Surprising Facts about Victoria’s Flower Count.
2019 marked Victoria’s victory over the City of Colwood’s 5-year winning streak. Victoria mayor, Lisa Helps said “The blossoms are a signature image of Victoria and our residents are passionate about their gardens. It is no surprise our committed residents were able to submit the highest count.” In 2021 Greater Victoria’s, small but mighty Highlands took home the bragging rights of being the Bloomingest Community out of 13 gloriously floral municipalities.