Mar 15, 2018

VICTORIA, B.C. – The 43rd edition of the Victoria Flower Count finished on March 14. Community
engagement was very strong this year, with 3,467,394,781 blossoms counted over the week-long event.

The winner of “Bloomingest” community this year was Colwood, with a winning total of 2,029,598,802 blossoms. This is the fifth straight year Colwood has won the Victoria Flower Count. The runner-up
community this year is Saanich with 721,903,164 blossoms counted.

Elementary school participation is a major component of the Flower Count. This year’s winning
elementary school was Ecole John Stubbs Memorial in Colwood. Ecole John Stubbs Memorial submitted a
count of 1,800,000,000 blossoms. Their prize is a trip by L.A Limousines to The Butchart Gardens.

“Colwood is proud to take top prize in the 43rd annual Victoria Flower Count,” said City of Colwood Mayor
Carol Hamilton. “Colwood residents and students have fun with this lighthearted activity that showcases
the many naturally beautiful areas Colwood is known for. Students are our secret weapon!
Congratulations to Ecole John Stubbs Memorial students on their well-deserved win.”

“This year’s Flower Count was a success,” said Tourism Victoria President and CEO Paul Nursey.
“Community engagement was very high and the sunny, warm weather over the seven day period is
exactly the type of image of Greater Victoria we try to promote with this event.”

The 43rd Annual Flower Count was proudly supported by Tourism Victoria, The Butchart Gardens,
Gardens BC, Used Victoria, Black Press, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, CHEK, John Overall and
Ocean 98.5.

Tourism Victoria (Greater Victoria Visitors and Convention Bureau) is our region’s official, not-for-profit
destination marketing organization working in partnership with nearly 1,000 businesses and municipalities
in Greater Victoria.

MEDIA CONTACT: Matthew Holme
Manager of Corporate Communications and Destination Management, Tourism Victoria
250 818-7864 or 250 414-6976