A quartet of Southwest communities stepped forward to put their pride on display during the 2013 Communities in Bloom coordinated by the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association.
This year attracted a total of 42 provincial participants, with all three Southwest communities competing in the judged categories earning recognition
Gull Lake had a strong showing in the Population 501 - 1,000 evaluated friends category, earning two blooms and receiving special mention for their murals depicting the community.
Eastend was entered in the novice category in the Population 501 - 1,000 division, earning two blooms and special mention for their History Museum.
Hazlet was entered in the Population 1 - 500 evaluated friends category, earning one bloom and a special mention for beautiful community heritage signs.
Richmound was also entered in the Population 1-500 friends category but were in the non-evaluated division.
The Communities in Bloom program recognizes community efforts involving beautification, heritage and environmental awareness. A group of judges are charged with ranking communities on the quality of their green spaces, landscaping, general tidiness, along with environmental awareness, heritage and community involvement in projects.
There were also six national level Communities in Bloom participants from across Saskatchewan, with Maple Creek learning the results of their Aug. 9 judging during the 2013 Symposium and Awards in Ottawa on Oct. 23 to 26.