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City looking for volunteers for Mile of Flowers event

The city of Courtenay is looking for volunteers for a plant-in event set in late-May.

The Mile of Flowers Plant-in is a tradition that started back in 1967, when Kathleen Kirk commemorated Canada’s centennial year by planting 7,800 seedlings for tourists.

Since then, hundreds of volunteers have planted flowers each year, with this year marking its 57th anniversary.

For this year, Courtenay is looking for volunteers, aiming to get between 200 to 500 of them.

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Mayor Bob Wells says the plant-in is an opportunity to connect with the community.

“We’ll often see multiple generations of Comox Valley residents who have made volunteering at this event an annual tradition,” said Wells.

“We’re hoping for another great turn-out this year and encourage everyone to come out and join in the fun, it’s a beautiful way to spend the evening.”

They say no prior experience is needed, but you are asked to bring garden gloves and a trowel/spoon to dig and fill the garden beds located on both sides of Cliffe Avenue.

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Snacks and refreshments will be available. The plant-in starts at 5:00 p.m. on May 28, running until 7:00 p.m.

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