After brightening Courtenay’s main thoroughfare for another season, the Mile of Flowers will soon be removed and composted in preparation for fall.
On Monday, the community is invited to pick blooms from the Mile of Flowers to create Friendship Flower bouquets for friends, neighbours and co-workers.
The Friendship Flower idea was sparked by resident Caroline Alexander, who suggested the City allow people to cut blooms from the Mile of Flowers to give to others “as a gesture of friendship and to make use of these wonderful symbols of our community before they have to be removed for the season.”
Friendship Flower bouquets may be picked along Cliffe Avenue between City Hall at Eighth Street and the Visitor Information Centre near 20 Street. Those wishing to pick flowers are reminded to stay off the road and remain safely on the sidewalk at all times.
Some of the varieties that may be suitable for picking include snapdragons, salvia, mini carnations and sunflowers.
City of Courtenay Parks staff will begin removing the Mile of Flowers on Tuesday.
For more information, contact Anne Guillo at 250-334-4441 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
— City of Courtenay