OUR GARDENS ARE GROWING!
Fifteen, 28, 41.
The winning Lotto number? No, the number of businesses who entered the Old Saybrook Garden Club's Street Garden Recognition Program in its first, second, and third years, respectively. The program was launched by club member, Jean Hester, in 2010 to encourage town businesses to embark on beautification projects. Since then the number of entries has nearly tripled, thanks to the dedicated efforts of Ms. Hester (who continues to guide the program) and her committee--this year consisting of June Willson, Paula Luby, and Carole Sabia. Kudos also go to the many Old Saybrook businesses who take pride in their streetscapes and use plantings to enhance their places of business.
Committee members judged the 41 entries in early July, choosing four winners and one, well, super winner. Of the four winners, two featured planters and two were whole landscapes. Headlines Salon, at 7 Sheffield Street, won for the gorgeous and beautifully maintained flower box under the shop's picture window. Co-owners of Headlines, Pat Lucchesi and Janet Downie, have participated in the program for two years now; it is Ms. Lucchesi who planned, planted, and tends this beautiful planter. Linda Michalezyk of the Old Saybrook Flower Shop, 140 Main Street, got the nod for the three large matching pots she planted and tends at the curb in front of the Dudley building. The sweet-potato vines and hot-pink petunias she chose make a striking combination.
Liberty Bank, at 90 Main Street, features a whole landscape of red, white, and blue flowers that looks the very essence of a New England summer. Assistant Manager, Douglas Prevost, oversees this effort; Sue and Bob Wickland of Just Gardens, LLC, are the worker bees behind this winning landscape. At 129 Main Street, Alberte Cocomo of Lighthouse Home Care has created a lovely landscape featuring red roses, red geraniums, daisies, coreopsis, day lilies, hydrangeas, and more. Building owner, Margaret Taylor, sponsored this impressive, award-winning project. Finally, the super winner--"for ongoing excellence"--is Esty's LLC, the lamp (and more) shop at 292 Main Street owned by Susan Esty, which has received top scores all three years of the competition. Here, a narrow but outstanding perennial garden borders the drive between Esty's and the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center; two beautifully planted pots frame the store's entry; and flowers in a tree pit at the curb complete a very impressive display. Ms. Esty's brother, Richard Esty, is the primary force behind this beautiful garden.
A photo display of all gardens entered (with winners noted) is on exhibit at the Acton Library in Old Saybrook.
Here are the other entries, in alphabetical order: Anytime Fitness, 50 Main St; Artisan's Harbor, 188 Main St; Atlantic Seafood, 1400 Boston Post Rd.; Cafe Toscana, 25 Main St.; Coldwell Banker Realty, 48 Main St.; Carisma Car Wash, 277 Boston Post Rd.; De Mar Hair Studio, 96 Lynde St.; Denvir Tire Shop, 828 Boston Post Rd.; Design Essence, 100 Main St.; Essence for Beauty and Wellness, 121 Main St.; Essex Golf and Sportswear, 118 Main St.; Essex Savings Bank, 155 Main St.; First Niagara Bank, 20 Main St.; Fromage Fine Foods & Coffees, 873 Boston Post Rd.; Genovali Realty, 103 Main St.; Harbor Light Realty, 101 Main St.; Liv's Oyster Bar, 166 Main St.; Main Street Realty, 238--270 Main St.; Maximus Antiques, 143 Main St.; Middlesex Cardiology Assoc., 51 Main St.; Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce, One Main St.; Old Saybrook Dairy Queen, 1370 Boston Post Rd.; Pampered Pets, 775 Boston Post Rd.; Paperback Cafe, 210 Main St.; Penny Lane Pub, 150 Main St.; Saybrook Family Dental Care, 56 Main St.; Saybrook Soup & Sandwich Company, 745 Boston Post Rd.; Seaside Wine & Spirits, 118 Main St.; Southern Exposure and Cartier Optical, 264 Main St.; Swag, 117 Main St.; The Paint Shop, 59 Main St.; TJ's Restaurant, 735 Boston Post Rd.; Total Design Source, 180 Main St.; United States Postal Service, 36 Main St. (plantings are provided by The Wednesday Weed Whackers); Van Wilgen's Seasonal Mart, 1654 Boston Post Rd.; Walt's Market, 178 Main St.
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