Rehoboth in Bloom keeps on sprouting
In spite of the 95-degree temperature Aug. 11, a dedicated group of 24 Rehoboth in Bloom volunteers met at Grove Park to talk about various projects underway and plan for the future.
Items of discussion included new committees, financials, a tally of materials and other administrative necessities.
Formed in 2019, the group initially placed 20 planters along the first blocks nearest the beach on the downtown streets of Rehoboth. Now, with the help of more than 60 volunteers, Rehoboth in Bloom is tending 98 planters placed around town.
More than three-fourths of the volunteers in attendance are residents of communities outside the city limits, a testimony to the love that many in the area have for Rehoboth Beach.
During the crazy curveball of COVID in 2021, the group accommodated 35 new EarthPlanters with funds raised by Rehoboth Beach Main Street. These are in addition to the 58 planters the group already tends.
Each year provides new learning experiences about which plants will thrive and look beautiful for area residents and visitors.
Each street’s team and lead volunteer tend the plants and make recommendations for future plant choices and seasonal decorations. Planning for fall and winter was discussed in earnest and quickly resulted in a few key plant choices.
Exciting new projects for the group in 2021 included the addition of a pollinator bed around the edge of Grove Park and a perennial garden on the east end of Rehoboth Avenue. About half of the new pedestrian planters among the walkway-creating barriers will be removed in October and placed in front of businesses at their permanent homes. The city has graciously offered to store the rest of the planters until there are enough volunteers and spots for them to be placed.
The Rehoboth in Bloom team extends thanks to Rehoboth Beach Main Street and the City of Rehoboth for all their support.
An oldies dance fundraiser is planned for Friday, Nov. 19, at Rehoboth Beach Convention Center.