The Village of Tatamagouche is about to get a little more patriotic.

Tatamagouche in Blooms Society is encouraging residents and businesses in the village to join them in planting red and white flowers this year to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

Esther MacKenzie said the organization, with the help of the Community Development Association and village commission, has purchased three flower towers. They’ll be installed at the intersection where Highway 311 meets the Sunrise Trail.

“To plant, it’s going to take 70 plants in each, so we’re hoping people will make donations to go toward those,” said MacKenzie.

The towers will feature red and white wave petunias, which MacKenzie said will “cascade out and fill in the spaces nicely.”

They will be planted sometime in June in time for July 1 celebrations, and MacKenzie said the society is hoping others will plant flowers of their own.

Businesses who plant or have someone else plant flowers are encouraged to use red and white blooms. The hanging baskets will feature red and white flowers, as well as others the society plants.

The goal is to have 150 plantings – planters/window boxes, flower beds, etc. – done in red and white along Main Street and elsewhere. Canada flags are also encouraged.

Along with the towers, the organization will add more benches throughout the village. Tatamagouche in Blooms volunteers will continue to maintain the work that’s been done over the past decade.

To help offset costs, a barbecue will be held June 16 outside Scotiabank on Main Street, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be baked goods available for purchase, as well as plants and possibly some crafts.

There will also be a donation jar, with the money going to help with the cost of the plants for the towers.

The organization began in 2006 as Communities in Bloom, and competed until 2009 when they won provincially. They competed the following year, however, nationally, placing third overall.

“We decided not to compete after that – it was costly and a lot of work,” said MacKenzie. “But the support we’ve had from the businesses and the individuals has been amazing. So many say the village looks so much nicer. We’ve gotten so much positive feedback. It’s a real plus for the village for sure.

“There’s so much happening here, it’s just incredible.”

For more information on the society, contact Esther MacKenzie at 902-257-2050, or Linda Byers at 902-657-3407.


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Raissa Tetanish
Raissa Tetanish is the editor of the Tatamagouche Light. She has more than 12 years experience as a reporter, with a background in both photography and photojournalism. She can be reached at 902-305-6177, or