OAK Construction sponsors LIB – Citizens Bank Garden

Oak Construction Company of Lewes, which builds small to large homes and businesses, donated $500 to Lewes in Bloom in July to sponsor the Citizens Bank Garden on Second Street. The $500 will be used to purchase plants for the garden and maintain it throughout the year. Lewes in Bloom thrives on community support such as this. Lewes in Bloom Co-chair Nancy Phillips said, “Contributions such as this by Oak Construction allow us to improve and expand what we do for our city.” Joann Purnell of Oak Construction noted that she is impressed and pleased by the way Lewes in Bloom enhances the entire city and wants to foster its efforts.

Left to right: Matthew Oak Purnell, Vice President, Oak Construction; Joann Purnell, Secretary, Oak Construction; Tina Thurman, Branch Manager, Citizens Bank; Marilyn Vai, Lewes in Bloom Board of Advisors; Nancy Phillips, Co-chair, Lewes in Bloom Board of Advisors; and Fred Phillips, Lewes in Bloom Board of Advisors. Photo by Sue Sandmeyer, Lewes in Bloom

The virtuoso behind LIB’s facebook page, Sandy Ahn, reviews a photo she had just taken at Citizen’s bank. During her day’s bike ride, she photographed several LIB parks. At Citizens she ran into Marilyn Vai, Nancy Phillips and Fred Phillips, all on LIB’s Board of Advisors, who were early for a photo shoot with Oak Construction, which donated $500 to LIB to sponsor the Citizens Bank garden.

 

Thanks

Thanks to the initiative of Eileen Larkin, Ellen McCathran and Daniella Lindjo, the planter at the entrance to the warehouse driveway has gotten a facelift with new plants.

Planter at Warehouse Driveway Entrance
Thanks to Eileen Larkin, Ellen McCathran and Daniela Lindsjo

 

Children’s Learning Garden This Summer

Text by Nancy Phillips & Photos by Fred Phillips

The Children’s Learning Garden kicked off its 2017 season on May 30, with a thank you celebration to Maureen Miller, Lewes Children’s Librarian. Maureen retired on June 15. She has presented a garden inspired story hour every week since the inception of our garden in 2013. The children and their families enjoyed strawberries topped with Cool-Whip. The committee presented Maureen with a Lenox vase. Jennifer Noonan will be the new Children’s Librarian and will continue to present story hours every Monday at 10:30 a.m.

Brent Marsh, a Sussex Master Gardener, presented his “Peter Rabbit’s Misadventures in Farmer McGregor’s Garden” on Friday, June 23rd. Children learned all about vegetables and what insects live in the garden.

Siohban Duggan and LIB volunteers presented “Fairies and Gnomes” on June 30th. Children made a Fairy and Gnome garden in our CLG garden and participated in Arts and Crafts activities.

      

Our popular “Lady Bug Day” will be on July 21 at 10:30 a.m.

Dianne Stevens, an LIB member, will be cooking in the garden on July 28 at 10:30 a.m.

August programs will be fun filled as well. Sue Everitt, an LIB member, will present a program about “Pollinators” on Aug. 11 at 10:30 a.m. Maureen Miller will present a program about “Butterflies” on Aug. 18 at 10:30 a.m.

All our programs are listed on our website, Facebook, and in the Cape Gazette. Come visit our garden to see what’s growing.

Pictured left to right: Kathleen Merlo, Nancy Phillips, Deb Cebula, Maureen Miller, Susan Crawford, Marilyn Vai, Betsy Hansot

 

Lewes in Bloom Awards Beauty Spot for June 2017

Pictured left to right: Ann-Marie Rooney, Lois Sechehay, Ellen McCathran (Beauty Spot Award), Judy Hanson, Linda McDonald
Picture by Tom DeMarco

Lewes in Bloom (LIB) is pleased to announce that its Beauty Spot award was given to Ellen McCathran on Molly B Road, Lewes. Ellen’s garden is designed for relaxing under the beautiful covered deck in the back of the house. There are full, colorful landscapes from every angle of the yard, which includes shrubs of varied leaf textures and mature trees that give the property some shade. Her trees include dogwoods which were propagated from seedlings given by friends, adding special meaning. Also, epimedium, a heart-shaped ground cover (common name “barrenwort”) for massing, was propagated from Ellen’s parent’s home in Chevy Chase, MD. It adds color and texture to the garden. A quaint cottage garden shed has a special place in the yard for all of Ellen’s tools of the trade. Ellen’s yard is a neat, serene, well-appointed space to enjoy the outside.

The LIB Beauty Spot Award successfully launched last year and is open for nominations now. Designed to honor beauty throughout the greater Lewes community, the award also serves to thank gardeners for their efforts to enhance beauty on their properties.  A LIB Beauty Spot winner can be based on overall landscape, planted beds, containers, front door, patios – or even a beautiful corner. It doesn’t have to be an entire yard or property. It can be any size “spot” in the zip code 19958.

Awardees received the Beauty Spot Award sign to display in their yard for a month; an award certificate from LIB; a $25 gift certificate from Wharton’s Garden Center; acknowledgement in the LIB newsletter, website and Facebook; as well as coverage in the Cape Gazette.

All residential properties or spots in the greater Lewes 19958 zip code are eligible to participate. Lewes in Bloom membership is not necessary. Residents can self-nominate their property, and the general public can also nominate a residential property that catches their eye. LIB Board of Advisor’s members and LIB Beauty Spot Selection Committee members are not eligible. Candidate residences can be either owner- or professionally-designed and planted, but must be owner-maintained. Nominations are submitted to the Lewes in Bloom Beauty Spot via the website  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CR7HMBZ

The Beauty Spot Award Committee is led by LIB members Betsy Hansot, Linda McDonald, Ann-Marie Rooney, Lois Sechehay, and Dolores Wardell.

LIB Warehouse Undergoes Improvements

Text by John Hanson & Photos by Judy Hanson

The Lewes Board of Public Works warehouse space that LIB uses has recently received many improvements. The warehouse area, inside and out, has been renovated, reorganized, and cleaned up! Thanks to the efforts of many LIB members, (also known as the LIB Warehouse Team), the warehouse on Schley Avenue in Lewes has a new door, a new area for plant storage, an improved ramp to the lower warehouse, new lighting in the lower warehouse area, additional shelving, work space and storage areas, and onsite water access. All of these improvements will aid LIB in the many activities throughout the year including the receipt, storage and planting of tulips and annuals, and the staging and preparation of activities such as the Christmas Market, LIB Plant Sale, and the Tulip Celebration. It is now much easier to locate tools and other items stored at the warehouse as well as working inside at the existing work spaces. Future improvements are being considered such as repainting of the walls, further clean-up of the outside areas and further clean up and reorganization of the lower warehouse area. Our many thanks to all of the individual and group efforts of the LIB Warehouse Team members! We are very fortunate that the City of Lewes has allowed us to use this space so we need to continue be good stewards of the warehouse. Any LIB individuals or groups who are using the warehouse –inside or out– are asked to clean up after themselves so that the warehouse stays organized and clean.

 

LIB-Sunset Cruise

This year our cruise will take place on Thursday, Sept. 21 with a rain date of Friday, Sept. 22. The boat will begin boarding from the Wharf at approximately 5 p.m. Yes, it’s a two hour cruise and I promise we will return! Cost is $35 per person and this social event is open to all members and their significant others. Wraps and chips will be provided so all you need to bring is your beverage of choice to have a great time on the bay! Please mail check to Ann Marie Rooney at 3 Pintail Court, Lewes DE 19958, made out to Lewes in Bloom by Sept 1 and mark it ”Sunset Cruise”. Monies are non-refundable after Sept. 7. Any questions, contact Ann Marie at amjmrooney@gmail.com, or Marilyn at marbud16@comcast.net .

 

“Oval Twister” Will Enhance the Beauty

and Cultural Environment in Lewes

A Lyman Whitaker sculpture for Otis P. Smith Park

Lewes residents know the importance of offshore winds and its impact on our daily lives. The University of Delaware has created clean energy with its wind turbine, as it prepares the next generation of earth, ocean and environmental scientists. Art in Bloom, a committee of Lewes in Bloom, will install a wind-driven Lyman Whitaker sculpture titled “Oval Twister,” in Otis P. Smith Park (known to many as the Rotary pavilion barbecue park across the canal bridge), located on Savannah Road.

Internationally recognized, Whitaker’s sculptures are located throughout the world at venues including the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia, the Hill-Stead Museum of French Impressionism, and numerous hospitals and hospices in the United States, as well as private collections in North America, Europe and Australia.

Known variously as wind sculptures or kinetic art, Whitaker’s works have a natural theme. His goal with each piece is to “inspire a stronger bond between mankind and mother earth.” The 18’ tall sculpture, which spins on sealed ball bearings, is handmade of industrial grade copper and marine grade stainless steel. The effect of salt air to the copper will cause the sculpture to develop a weathered patina look. His sculptures are built to last for generations. Even a small amount of wind can set the sculpture in motion. In Lewes, it surely will be in motion most of the time.

The Whitaker sculpture will also enhance Lewes’ natural beauty. Lewes is known as “the most beautiful small city in the United States,” and a sculpture is a natural extension of the city’s lovely parks and gardens. While residents and visitors are already attracted to the beautiful plantings throughout the city, a sculpture in Smith Park will arouse interest and invite visitors to sit and ponder how moving air sustains the earth. As the artist has stated, “When visitors see art in an area, they know that they are in a community where art has a dominance and importance”.

Kinetic, or wind art when set in motion can be mesmerizing. It allows us to see, if only in our imaginations, the ways in which we are connected to the wind and the air and the breezes around us. In colonial times, a wind-driven whirligig could be made with lead musket balls or buttons from a sewing kit. Farmers and sailors have used weathervanes for years. These ancient wind devices, functional or playful, make a kinetic sculpture historically appropriate to Lewes as well.

Art in Bloom’s mission is “to enhance the beautification and cultural environment of Historic Lewes and the community at large by means of public art.” While Lewes in Bloom is currently best known for its beautification through floral displays and landscaping – Art in Bloom strives to add outdoor art (such as sculptures, and perhaps murals and mosaics) in Lewes’ parks and other public spaces to enhance the cultural beauty of the city. Jane Ellan Golde, chair of Art in Bloom said “Art and beauty come naturally to Lewes. Lewes in Bloom and Art in Bloom want to continue to enhance the natural beauty of Lewes for a community that values art and culture. Public art also contributes to a city’s openness and welcomes people in a unique way.”

Photo courtesy of Whitaker Studio

 

RAFFLE WINNER SELECTED

During April, the Peninsula Gallery hosted “Springing Into Summer” – a multi-artist, multi-media exhibition. The Gallery donated 10% of its proceeds of the sales of these images to the Garden for All Ages for a future art-related project. Additionally, there was a raffle of a framed acrylic painting by Lewes artist Jane Ellan Golde.

Left to right: Diana O’Hagan, Tony Boyd-Heron, Jane Ellan Golde, and Nancy Phillips surround the raffled painting Color in Bloom, donated by Jane Ellan Golde. Tony drew the winner’s name and Nancy announced the winner. Photo by Tom DeMarco

To kick off the month-long show, a reception was held on Saturday, April 1 at Peninsula Gallery. Tickets for the raffle for the Golde painting were sold throughout the month at the gallery, at the Tulip festival LIB table, and at various LIB events. The winning ticket, held by Dottie Papp of Lewes, was drawn on April 30.

The proposed Garden for All Ages, which would be overseen by Lewes in Bloom, will create a multi-use space in Lewes for the enrichment of children and families for environmental awareness, appreciation of the beauty of nature, and for public gatherings. It is hoped that the garden, located in Stango Park and the area in back of the new library, will be completed within 2 to 3 years. Fundraising efforts are just beginning.

 

Beauty Spot Award Program Now Open for July 2017 Nominations!

Click here for the Nomination Form

The Lewes in Bloom (LIB) Beauty Spot Award successfully launched last year and is open for nominations now. Designed to honor beauty throughout the greater Lewes community, the award also serves to thank gardeners for their efforts to enhance beauty on their properties.  A LIB Beauty Spot winner can be based on overall landscape, planted beds, containers, front door, patios – or even a beautiful corner! It doesn’t have to be an entire yard or property. It can be any size “spot” in the zip code 19958.

Awardees received the Beauty Spot Award sign to display in their yard for a month; an award certificate from LIB; a $25 gift certificate from Wharton’s Garden Center; acknowledgement in the LIB newsletter, website and Facebook; as well as coverage in the Cape Gazette.

All residential properties or spots in the greater Lewes 19958 zip code are eligible to participate. Lewes in Bloom membership is not necessary. Residents can self-nominate their property, and the general public can also nominate a residential property that catches their eye. LIB Board of Advisor members and LIB Beauty Spot Selection Committee members are not eligible. Candidate residences can be either owner or professionally designed and planted, but must be owner-maintained. Nominations are submitted to the Lewes in Bloom Beauty Spot by email to lewesinbloomde@gmail.com .

LIB created the Beauty Spot Award on the recommendation of America in Bloom Champions Category Selection Committee feedback. In September 2015, during the America in Bloom Symposium in Holland, Michigan, Lewes was named the winner of the Champions Category for small towns. Judy Hanson, LIB Co-chair, then challenged the club’s Horticulture Committee to research how to establish a Beauty Spot program for Lewes. Judy said, “The Beauty Spot program is a great example of how LIB members collaborate to enrich the city we love and care about. Nancy Phillips, LIB Co-chair, said, “This program provides opportunities for Lewes residents to be recognized for their efforts in gardening.” The Beauty Spot Award Committee is led by LIB members Betsy Hansot, Linda McDonald, Ann-Marie Rooney, Lois Sechehay, and Dolores Wardell.

LIB Cookbooks for Sale

 

Order Online https://lewesinbloom.org/shop

The LIB cookbooks are here! $20 each and selling like hotcakes! They will be for sale at all the LIB events and some local merchants will carry them soon.  Contact Linda McDonald at lmcdonald475@gmail.com for more information.

Lewes in Bloom’s Children’s Learning Garden Chosen by Staples to Receive $3,500 Grant

Lewes in Bloom’s Children’s Learning Garden has been awarded $3,500 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., through a program called 2 Million & Change that allows Staples Associates around the globe to direct donations in the total amount of about $2 million each year. John Muldoon, Staples Associate, was instrumental in making the donation come to fruition.

Pictured left to right: Dennis Crawford, LIB Board of Advisors; John Muldoon, Staples Associate; Nancy Phillips, CLG Chair and LIB Co-Chair; Judy Hanson, LIB Co-Chair; and Warren Golde, LIB Foundert

Nancy Phillips, Chair, Children’s Learning Garden said “The funds will allow us to provide even more educational hands-on experiences to Lewes’s children and families”.

St. Michaels in Bloom

by Warren Golde

About a month ago I received a phone call from Mary Lou McAllister in St. Michaels, MD., who said a group of
local residents and business people were thinking of starting a beautification program. Mary Lou has been a
frequent visitor to Lewes and admired our plantings. She asked her friends in Lewes for a contact person and
they put her in touch with me. In late April, Jane Ellan and I were invited to visit St. Michaels and talk to their
group about LIB. They arranged for us to stay at The Inn at Perry Cabin and we had dinner at Mary Lou’s
house with a few other people involved with starting the beautification program.
The next morning I gave a presentation to about 25-30 people and showed them LIB videos and PowerPoint
presentations and answered a myriad of questions: ”How did we get started?”, ”What are the costs involved?”,
”Where should we plant first?”, ”How do you choose your plants?”, and many many more.
On May 3 I received a call from Mary Lou saying St. Michaels in Bloom had been formed and that a group from
St Michaels would like to come and visit Lewes this summer to view our plantings and see firsthand what and
how we do things. We set July 10 as the date for the visit with details to be worked out later. Subsequently, I
received a call from Lynne Kleinburg, who said she has been anointed the ‘Warren” of St. Michaels in Bloom.
She told me where they decided to start their plantings and asked me for advice on where to purchase
materials.
I forwarded Lynne a thumb drive with a list of our plantings and sources and wished them success in their new
venture and offered our help whenever needed.
I hope our patrons will be available when STMIB visits in July so they can showcase their areas and answer
any questions that the visitors may have. I think the visit should be an opportunity for a great photo op and
publicity article for LIB.