Here are pictures of a few of the LIB maintained garden taken 7-9-2020
Lewes in Bloom Brightens up Second Street!
If 2nd street has been looking brighter this summer it might be due to the new planters that line the street. From Reeves Holt House to Touch of Italy, Lewes in Bloom has been busy planting over 200 flowers in 32 new pots.
This project was a joint effort between the town and Lewes in Bloom. It began with the town removing the old plants in the bump outs. This required careful digging so as not to disturb any electrical wiring in the ground. Then pea gravel was used to help make the bump outs more attractive as well as keep the weeds down. With no irrigation along Second Street investing in self-watering planters like those used at St. Peters would be the only solution. A “self-watering” container doesn’t actually water itself. It is a watering system using planters that contain a reservoir of water at the bottom. This reservoir connects to the soil via a fabric “wick”. In a wick system, water is drawn up the wick via capillary action into the soil. This system would only require filling the reservoir as needed. This is done by a dedicated person hired by the town.
At last on June 10, the Lewes in Bloom 2nd Street Patrons planted the flowers. Many of which were grown by our volunteers at the Lewes in Bloom warehouse. We covered and uncovered the young plants depending on the early spring weather, we fertilized, watered and nursed them along for several months till they were ready to be planted.
Next time you are in town take notice of the planters and enjoy them. Treat them kindly they don’t like trash or cigarette butts but they do love to be admired. If you are in town at 7:30AM on Tuesdays say hello to the patrons who are busy dead heading and keeping the planters looking their best.
New LIB Award Display case at the Rollins Community Center
Lewes in Bloom is pleased to announce that we finally have a home for all our awards and accolades. Late in February, a new showcase was ordered and delivered in mid-March, just as the pandemic struck. Now that the Rollins Center has reopened, we’ve been able to get the showcase set up. It can be found in the section of the museum set aside for local non-profits. When you get a chance, stop by and take a look. It’s beautiful, as you can see from the photo.
Spring Planting 2020
New Planter Boxes for the Children's Learning Garden - January 2020
Our carpentry crew built 9 new raised planter boxes for the Children’s Learning Garden. The volunteers were Joe Rooney, Fred Phillips, John Hanson, Marty Sechehay, George Temme, Guy Townsend and Bud Vai.
A Big Thank You to everyone who helped build the planter boxes this week.
The crew set a record for speed this year. Nine large planters completed in just four days. We started with 83 twelve foot long boards, 8 eight foot long 4 X 4’s and 14 eight foot 2X4’s. Cut them into 360 different parts and used over 1,000 screws to build the planters. That was a lot of cutting up and screwing around. And we even lined each planter box with a layer of plastic.
The next phase of the project will entail removal and disposal of the existing old planters in the CLG. Hopefully we can coordinate with the weatherman to schedule a couple of warm days when the ground is not too frozen.