Lewes in Bloom has announced the winners of its inaugural Lewes May Day celebration. Lewes merchants and residents hung May baskets and floral displays throughout the downtown area to celebrate the arrival of spring and compete for ribbon prizes.
The most original award was presented to the Puzzles and Lewes Gourmet stores owned jointly by husband-and-wife team Andrea Spuck and Tim Southerst. Their basket was filled with tomato plants, other vegetables, herbs and seeds which they plan to donate to the Lewes in Bloom Children's Learning Garden.
The first-place merchant award winner was Nectar Restaurant. Owner Lisa McDonald was eager to participate in the May Day celebration, but knew she would have little time to make a basket, so she asked her mother to make one. Her mother wove fabric strips from Lisa's childhood duvet into the body of the basket, making a spring-like presentation. This winning basket contained lilacs, geraniums, pentas, euphorbia and phlox.
Megan and Brian Kellman, owners of Lewes Cycle Sports, were the second-place merchant winners with their floral display on a bicycle built for two. The display perched on a bicycle basket was designed by their business neighbor, Ken Norman of Floral Inspirations. It featured chrysanthemums, roses, alstroemeria, lilies, hydrangeas, pampas grass and assorted greenery.
Pam Rankin, first-place resident winner, fashioned a basket for her door with tulips, lilacs, scotch broom, ivy and corkscrew willow. Her garden will be part of the upcoming Lewes Chamber of Commerce garden tour.
The second-place resident award went to Darlene Regan, a gardening enthusiast who used all flowers and herbs from her own garden to hang a traditional May basket on her door. This basket included rosemary, mojito mint, candy tuft, creeping phlox, a pink flower from a strawberry plant, daisies, argyranthemum, and lavender leaves. Her garden is also included in the upcoming garden tour.
The judging committee also awarded four honorable mention ribbons – businesses Long & Foster Realtors’ Lewes office and Biblion, and two residents, Cindy DeEmedio and Catherine Tessein.