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April 2018 - LIB Showcase at the Lewes Library
See the beautiful LIB Showcase at the Lewes Library setup by Ken Norman, Nancy Phillips and Terry Yates.
New planter boxes arrive at the Graves/Dogfish corners
On Thursday, April 19th, a chilly and windy morning, the carpentry crew and some extra muscle men along with two City workers delivered the new planter boxes to the corners of Graves and Dogfish Inn-their new home. The City was kind enough to get their fork lift driver to deliver the pallets of bags of dirt.
On Friday, April 20th, another windy but sunny morning, Marilyn’s patron group got an early start putting rain mat liners in the boxes. The men followed behind filling the boxes with soil to which rain gel was added and then more dirt. All this was accomplished in one and a half hours due to the wonderful volunteers of Lewes In Bloom. Great job everyone!!!
Next step planting. Check out the new box at the corner of Graves -“Warren’s Special” box.
Photo by Marilyn Vai
Photo by Marilyn Vai
Photo by Marilyn Vai
Pictures from 2018 Tulip Celebration
April 2018 Presentation - Lewes in Bloom Volunteer of the Year
Click on this link to see the presentation “Lewes in Bloom Volunteer of the Year” given at the April 2018 General Meeting.
New Lewes in Bloom Communications Chair Announced
Sue Crawford has been selected to be the new Lewes in Bloom Communication Chair, replacing Sue Sandemeyer.
Sue is well known throughout Lewes in Bloom for her active roles in the Children’s Learning Garden, the Social Committee, the Annual Plant Sale, the Philly Flower Show, planting, weeding and much more. She is exceptional as a communicator and will bring her ability to connect ideas and people to LIB’s various communication media.
LIB to enter 2018 Communities in Bloom Competition
Text Sue Sandmeyer.
Award-Winning Lewes in Bloom (LIB) will enter the 2018 Communities in Bloom International Competition.
LIB and the City of Lewes earned honors in the national America in Bloom Competitions in 2003, 2005 and 2010. In 2012, it was given a “Circle of Champions” designation, and in 2015, with Lewes in Bloom’s assistance, Lewes won the America in Bloom Circle of Champions Award for small towns. Volunteers are gathering now to plan and execute the rigorous requirements for the Communities in Bloom Competition. According to its website, the International Challenge involves winners from different National Programs (Communities in Bloom, Britain in Bloom, America in Bloom, Tidy Towns of Ireland, Japan in Bloom, Entente Florale, Comuni Fioriti and other national programs) competing with each other based on population categories.
Communities in Bloom organizes the International Challenge (logistics, scheduling, and information) in partnership with the above national programs. The program consists of communities receiving information and being evaluated by an international jury on the accomplishments of their entire community: Municipality, Businesses and Institutions, citizens and community groups.
The evaluation, which normally takes place in June or July, is based on the following criteria:
• Environmental Action
• Heritage Conservation
• Urban Forestry
• Landscaped Areas
• Floral Displays
Community involvement is taken into consideration in all criteria. Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the enhancement of green spaces in communities.
Lewes in Bloom is dedicated to helping Lewes boost its attractiveness through a variety of efforts including historical preservation, environmental awareness, a children’s garden, floral displays, and more. Warren Golde, LIB Founder and Chair of the competition, said “We are excited about this competition and look forward to its challenge!”
Care and Protection of Hostas - LIB General Meeting March 13, 2018
LIB Member Lou Papp introduced the guest speaker, Mr. Jim Henry, currently a member of the American Hosta Society and Vice President and webmaster of the Delmarva Hosta Society. His talk included helpful books, hosta history, growing and caring for hosta, defending hostas, helpful online links and Q&A.
Helpful books, including the Hosta Adventure Guide, the Hosta Journal, the Encyclopedia of Hostas, the Book of Little Hostas (concerning miniature hostas that can be grown in containers), Les Hostas (a Québecois publication), The Genus Hosta (recognized and cultivated in 8th century China and in 9th and 10th century Japan), The Hostapedia (which reports some 10,000 hosta cultivars to date), and his own novel, Hosta Seizure.
Hosta history, including Mr. Henry’s personal encounter with Alex Summers, Founder of the America Hosta Society. The hosta is sometimes called the “friendship plant”, because it can be easily divided to give plants to friends and neighbors. Top selling hostas at auction have gone for as much as $3500-4000. Hostas that are designated OS (original stock) tend to be valued higher.
Growing and caring for hostas. In general, soil should contain a high proportion of organic material. Slow release fertilizer (such as Osmocote) can also be helpful. Hostas need lots of watering, which is one reason they flourish so well in the rainy Pacific Northwest. Hostas should also be mulched heavily. Hostas may be grown in containers with rich potting mix and adequate drainage; pots should be kept indoors during cold winter months.
Defending hostas. Hostas have three main predators, deer, rabbits and voles. Deer repellents to use include Repels-All, Bobbex (spray), Deer Scram (granular powder), and, in serious cases, electrified fences. To keep slugs as bay, one can use Sluggo (granular), Deadline (liquid), or simply put beer in a shallow container at the base of the plant. Voles can be caught with mouse traps or outdoor cats; poisons are a less desirable option but spreading castor oil in the garden (which may be odorous) or placing small-mesh cages around the plants will help keep voles out. Hosta Virus X (HVX) is an ongoing threat to hostas that should be watched for.
Helpful on-line links, including the Delmarva Hosta Society website; the American Hosta Society (celebrating its 50th anniversary) website—search also Phifty in Philly; and The Hosta Library, which lists varieties in alphabetical order
Q&A In response to questions, Mr. Henry provided the following tips:
o Hostas are long-lived plants, as long as they are cared for properly.
o Drip irrigation is better than spray irrigation for hostas.
o Once flowers begin to fade, they can safely be cut back without hurting the plant.
o The best time to divide hostas are in early fall or early spring.
Lewes in Bloom Plans Many Events During The Lewes Tulip Celebration
Thanks to our volunteers, Lewes in Bloom planted nearly 20,000 tulip and daffodil bulbs in the Fall of 2017 at the King’s Highway Gateway Garden and other gardens throughout Lewes. Daffodils are blooming, and the tulips should bloom over the next few weeks, depending on the weather!
In addition to the popular plantings enjoyed by residents and visitors, Lewes in Bloom (LIB) has events planned during the Lewes Tulip Celebration. Everyone is invited to participate. On Saturday, April 7, from 9am to 3pm, LIB will sell a variety of plants, including tulips, the Lewes in Bloom cookbook (don’t miss out on the tasty samples available), and merchandise such as t-shirts and sweatshirts at the LIB Booth in Zwaanendael Park.
LIB and the Lewes Library will host a Tulip Celebration Children’s Story Hour on Thursday, April 5, at 10:30 am in the Children’s room at the Lewes Library. Maureen Miller will read stories. Siobhan Duggan and LIB volunteers will present arts and crafts. Cookies and juice will be served.
LIB members Cindy DeEmedio and John Hanson will be the Trolley Guides for the celebration this year! LIB will also assist the city with The Tulip Dig in April this year. Watch for more news about it. If you love the explosion of tulips throughout Lewes in April, you can keep them blooming for years! Residents are invited to come to specific locations with a bag and a spade and will be able to dig any number of the thousands of bulbs planted throughout Lewes last fall — and take them home to your garden.
Silent Sentinel Dedication & New Art in Bloom Fundraiser - March 2018
For further information contact Jane Ellan Golde firstname.lastname@example.org 302-200-7970,
or Tony Boyd-Heron email@example.com
A committee of Lewes in Bloom, known as Art in Bloom, and the Lewes City Council, have collaborated to bring about the placement of three kinetic wind sculptures by nationally recognized sculptor Lyman Whitaker. This is the first of hopefully many future collaborations to bring public art to Lewes. Over several months, Art in Bloom raised sufficient funds to acquire and place the sculptures. The dedication for the Inaugural Project, the Silent Sentinels of Lewes, will take place on April 14, 11:45 am, at the Trailhead, Lewes Public Library. The public is invited. Mayor Ted Becker and Art in Bloom Chair Jane Ellan Golde will speak.
Art in Bloom continues to raise money for future public art. Two prominent local artists have donated work that will be on display at the Peninsula Gallery during March. All the sale’s proceeds will go to Art in Bloom to support its ongoing efforts to enhance the beautification and cultural environment of Historic Lewes.
Artists Richard Calvo and Nick Serratore have both donated works for the fundraiser at the gallery.
Calvo’s distinctive photograph “October Mist” is an example of the landscapes he has been creating for more than 50 years. Helen Harrison of the New York Times described his work as “romantic, almost abstract in its concentration on shape, tone and texture.”
Serratore is known for his atmospheric landscapes of Southern Delaware. In the past several years he has focused on a series of wildflower pieces. His large-scale paintings depict vast fields of flowers in shimmering tones and it is the latest of these creations that he is donating to raise funds for Art in Bloom. The Serratore painting “Wildflowers” recently sold to Joyce and Stephen Oliner. All proceeds from the sale will go to Art in Bloom as it continues to raise funds to bring public art to Lewes.
Art in Bloom plans to add outdoor art, such as sculptures and perhaps murals and mosaics, in Lewes’ parks and other public spaces. Fundraisers such as the one sponsored by Peninsula Gallery are key to its success and implementation.
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. Further donations may be made by check, payable to Art in Bloom, to PO Box 61, Lewes, DE 19958.
The Peninsula Gallery is located in the Shops at the Beacon on Savannah Rd. The next gallery exhibition, opening on March 31, will be a multiple-artist show titled “Birds and Bees, Flowers and Trees.” A proportion of all sales will also go to support Art in Bloom.
Some Early Spring Garden Pictures From Tom DeMarco
February 2018 presentation by Mardi Thompson "Pruning in 20 Minutes"
Pruning in 20 Minutes Mardi Thompson 2018021 (click on this link to see Mardi’s Presentation Slides)
Progress on building new planter boxes for Graves / Dogfish Corners - January 2018
31 of the 35 new planter boxes for the Graves / Dogfish corners are complete. The last 4 should be completed in the next couple of weeks and all will be ready to replace the old boxes after the daffodils have bloomed in the spring. Thanks to Joe Rooney, Rich Robertson, George Temme, Tom Hoffman, Guy Townsend, John Hanson, Bud Vai, and Marty Sechehay.
Cooking with Dry Herbs Presentation at the October 2017 General Meeting
Text by Dave Beck; Photos by Sandy Ahn.
Denise Clemons, writer for the Gazette and Master Gardener, spoke first about drying herbs, explaining that it was best to cut fresh herbs in the morning, after the morning dew has evaporated. The cut herbs should never be dried in the sun, the oven or the microwave. Instead the herbs should be “beaten” on a dry paper towel, then hung to dry, e.g., with the aid of simple rubber bands and paper clips. She noted that there were generally three classification of herbs: culinary, botanical, and medicinal. Once the herbs were dried, they could be stripped from their stems and stored in spice jars (away from light and heat for best preservation), and should be used within one year. The stems could be used for infusing olive oil or vinegars. Finally, she noted that a teaspoon of dried herbs was equivalent to a tablespoon of fresh herbs. In just 10-15 minutes, she demonstrated how to prepare three different recipes using herbs— quinoa salad (prepared with parsley), glazed peas (prepared with tarragon and thyme), and mushroom paprikash (prepared with paprika)—and with the aid of volunteers distributed samples to all the members present. Attendees came away with not only recipes of these dishes, but new knowledge about using herbs in cooking.
Birds Eye View - New Perspective on Several Lewes Gardens - Sept 2017
Text and Photos by Sue Sandmeyer. Aerial Services and Editing by Eric Davison.
As Lewes in Bloom volunteers we see our beautiful work up close. At their peak, the gardens are a plendor to behold – and a tribute to how our city and volunteers work together to make Lewes a unique and vibrant place in which to live, work and play. For the first time you now have a birds-eye view of our parks as never seen before.
The photographs are a result of a collaboration between Lewes in Bloom member Sue Sandmeyer and Eric Davison, owner of Wruff Wryder Productions, Audio and Video Specialists. WruffWryder@gmail.com , 602-803-7620. Wruff Wryder provides recording, shooting, mixing, editing, and aerial services. Eric, son of Linda and Dennis Davison, long time LIB members, is also a drone pilot. While Eric controlled the flight path of the drone, Sue captured the photos. Then Sue and Eric worked together to edit them for publication. If you look closely at the Gateway-Kings Highway Garden photo, you will see LIB patrons hard at work. These are just four of dozens taken.
A Picture Perfect Sunset - LIB Sunset Cruise - Sept 21, 2017
Text by Marilyn Vai; Photos by Bud Vai.
Forty-nine LIB members set sail on Thursday, Sept. 21st for a 2 hour cruise and all came back. It was a picture perfect night and a great time was had by all! What a great way to end the summer season!
Oak Construction Sponsors LIB Citizen's Bank Garden - July 17, 2017
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.
LIB Warehouse Undergoes Improvements - Summer 2017
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.
Thanks - Warehouse Driveway Planter Given a Facelift - Spring 2017
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.
Winner Selected for the Peninsula Gallery Raffle to benefit the Garden For All Ages - April 2017
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.
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.
Lewes in Bloom Cookbooks FOR SALE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Lewes in Bloom's Childrens Learning Garden received a $3500 Grant from Staples - 2017
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. 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 - May 2017
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.
Lewes Wins America in Bloom Circle of Champions Award - 2015
Lewes, DE was awarded the America in Bloom Outstanding Achievement Award.
This award recognizes an overall winner of excellence in each of the six judging criteria plus community involvement. Because Lewes had won in categories prior to 2015, we competed in America in Bloom’s “Circle of Champions.”
While there are more than 200 cities across the U.S. that compete for a wide variety of awards, only 13 cities are among the AIB’s Circle of Champions. Lewes volunteers spent hundreds of hours planting thousands of plants throughout the city to promote the beautification and maintenance of Historic Lewes, increase environmental awareness, teach children about planting, and showcase our exceptional floral displays. Because of the number of entries, the Circle of Champions Award was divided by city size and we won in the small city category.
Lewes won the America in Bloom contest in 2003, 2005 and 2010 for cities with population under 5,000. In 2012 Lewes was honored with the “Circle of Champions” designation. This honors the achievement of communities that have won a combination of three population and/or criteria awards over the years.
More details here.