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Welcome to the Greater Victoria Flower Count

March 6th to March 13th, 2019

The Greater Victoria Flower Count is an annual light-hearted promotion sponsored and organized by The Butchart Gardens and Destination Greater Victoria. The goal is to bolster community pride and increase awareness of Greater Victoria as an attractive shoulder-season tourism destination. It brings national and international attention to the fact that Victoria (City of Gardens) has the mildest climate in Canada. While the rest of Canada and much of the US is still in the cold clutches of winter weather, Victoria often enjoys spring temperatures of 10-15° Celsius (up to 60° Fahrenheit).

2019 Counts

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

Community Challenge

Each municipality across Greater Victoria is encouraged to take up the challenge to be the “Bloomingest Community” of the Greater Victoria area! People reporting flower counts will have their number attributed to their community. Whether they live on the Saanich Peninsula or in Sooke, every flower counts, for their own community and for the overall total.

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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 marks Victoria’s victory over the City of Colwood’s 5-year winning streak. Victoria mayor, Lisa Helps says “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.”

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