The City of Richmond won first place in an international competition for the most beautiful city award 20 years ago.
The city competed and won the International Nations in Bloom competition for medium-sized cities (population 50,000 to 300,000) in the year 2000.
Richmond competed against other cities such as Bournemouth, England; Des Moines, Iowa; Flyde Borough Council, England; Otsu City, Japan and Wandsworth, England.
The awards were judged by six international experts in the field of horticulture and the environment.
According to city records, the issues addressed during the competition were the city’s unique location at the mouth of the Fraser River on the Pacific Flyway; managing rapid population growth, preservation of heritage sites; community involvement in recycling and partners in beautification initiatives and much more.