The winner of “Bloomingest” community for 2019 was Victoria, with a total of 19,948,306,872 blossoms, breaking Colwood’s five-year winning streak. (The Butchart Gardens/Facebook)

Greater Victoria has almost six times as many blossoms as there are people in the world

44 billion blossoms counted in Greater Victoria Flower Count

There were 44,588,324,077 blossoms counted in the 44th Greater Victoria Flower Count.

That’s almost six times as many humans as are on the planet.

If every human on the planet came to Greater Victoria, they could get five blossoms each and squabble over the remaining 6,135,769,627.

The winner of “Bloomingest” community for 2019 was Victoria, with a total of 19,948,306,872 blossoms, breaking Colwood’s five-year winning streak.

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“Victoria has an amazing array of flowers, trees and manicured gardens,” said Lisa Helps, mayor of Victoria. “The blossoms are a signature image of Victoria and our residents are passionate about their gardens. It is no surprise our committed residents were able to submit the highest count.”

Saanich was the runner-up this year with 14,500,799,300 blossoms counted.

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The week-long annual event, sponsored by Destination Greater Victoria, ended on March 13 with strong community and elementary school engagement. Lesley Mill’s class at Cordova Bay Elementary School in Saanich was the top elementary school class, counting 13,193,034,926 blossoms, winning a trip from L.A. Limousines to The Butchart Gardens.


 

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