Sometimes you have to stop and smell the roses. And sometimes you have to walk through all sorts of gorgeous gardens filled with beautiful flowers.
The 13th annual Lewiston GardenFest presented by Lewiston Garden Club is set for Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days along Center Street.
“Lewiston GardenFest offers something for anyone who is interested in beautifying their outdoor space this summer,” said Doreen Albee, Lewiston GardenFest chair. “Whether you are a gardening novice or have a green thumb, our all-volunteer event committee strives to offer new ideas and demonstrations appealing to all skill levels.”
Festival attendees will have plenty to explore at this year’s Lewiston GardenFest.
- Browse the nearly 80 vendors. Get both ideas and plantings to beautify your own outdoor space from the nearly 80 vendors lining Center Street selling flowers, plants, handcrafted art, garden décor and more!
- Stroll some of Lewiston’s best private gardens. Throughout the weekend, festival goers can visit several private gardens of Lewiston residents, opened exclusively for Lewiston GardenFest’s free garden walk. They vary in size and style and are located both within walking distance and also a short drive from Center Street.
- Attend a Garden Talk/Demonstration. Several Garden Talks/Demonstrations are on the schedule both Saturday and Sunday.
- Enter the container garden contest. Prepare a special arrangement in a traditional container or think outside the planter! Bring your container entry and a stand for display to the hospitality booth in Hennepin Park (located at corner of Center and 4th Streets) by 9 a.m. on Saturday. New this year is a children’s division, encouraging future gardeners ages 5-11 to get involved. Applications are available at lewistongardenfest.com.
- Cast your vote for the most creative container. Stop by Hennepin Park throughout Lewiston GardenFest to vote for your favorite container garden planted by local residents and gardening enthusiasts. Prizes will be awarded to those containers that garner the most votes.
- Beautiful butterflies. David O’Donnell from Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farm officially opens Lewiston GardenFest with a butterfly release on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Hennepin Park.
- Crafty fun for the kids. Throughout the event bring the kids to Hennepin Park for a free workshop on making tissue flowers. It’s open for both kids and adults and a colorful souvenir to take home too!
You can also ask gardening questions, have your soil sampled by a master gardener from Cornell Cooperative Extension, shop and eat local and enjoy beautiful Lewiston!
Doreen Albee is chair of the Lewiston Gardenfest and A proud member of the garden club who work incredibly hard to keep Lewiston beautiful.
The Garden Club has 52 active members who meet on a monthly basis to conduct business and learn about gardening and related topics. A major activity club members participate in involves hands on beautification of Historic Lewiston. Club members are involved in the planting and care of flowers in Hennepin Park, around the Lewiston Museum, and at the Lewiston Library. Doreen tells me the members love their work, “Club members enjoy gardening and are pleased to use these skills to have a positive impact on our community. We are rewarded by the visible outcomes achieved as the flowers grow and are enjoyed by all who visit Lewiston. Life long learning is occurs when we gain knowledge from other Garden Club members and the variety of speakers we have throughout the year. It is a pleasure being part of such an active group that has a positive impact on our community.”
So head out and support Lewiston’s beautification efforts! Lewiston GardenFest is Lewiston Garden Club’s largest fundraiser of the year and is FREE to attend. Money raised at the event goes back into the Lewiston community for plantings, beautification projects, scholarships, and service projects.
For more information, visit www.lewistongardenfest.com.