Once again the Ellsworth Garden Club, in partnership with the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce and Star 97.7, observed National Gardening Week (June 6-12) by launching the Bloomin’ Business of the Week program. Each week from June to September the club will be recognizing a business or nonprofit organization for its effort in making the community more attractive through plantings or landscaping around its workplace. St Joseph’s Catholic Church was recognized in the first week of the program, and for the week of June 13-19 the Bloomin’ Business is the Lobster Pot Restaurant at 8 South St. in Ellsworth.
Over the years, owners Brian and Jane Langley have transformed their waterfront site into a beautiful oasis that shows off the Union River to its best advantage. With their season opening on June 11, the numerous pots and window boxes featuring bright red geraniums planted by Jane herself create a cheery welcome and mark the various parking lots for patrons on South Street. Also, perennial gardens abloom with perennial geraniums, columbine and iris are looking their best right now. On the banks leading patrons down to the river, buttercups, forget-me-nots and dame’s rocket have been allowed to naturalize, and nearer the water a grove of trees has been planted with ferns and green and white hosta to create a peaceful spot for watching waterbirds and arrivals at the new dock installed just this year. This spot has the appeal of a riverfront park and the Langleys deserve a thank you for having the vision and follow-through to make their business such an attractive asset to the city.
As a reflection of the communities from which the club draws most of its membership, businesses and nonprofits in Lamoine and Trenton as well as Ellsworth are eligible to receive recognition. Last year the club had such a long list of places to consider for recognition that it ran out of weeks before getting to several deserving candidates. This year, as much as possible, the club will focus its recognition on businesses or nonprofits that have not been previously or recently profiled. Depending on the nature of the site, the club will recognize those who make the best and most attractive use of their space, so that businesses planting pots or hanging baskets on Main Street will be considered along side another business with the space to do larger scale landscaping and gardens.
The club welcomes nominations for this recognition. To nominate a business or nonprofit for consideration or to ask for more information, contact Mary Blackstone at 667-8878.