Event celebrates ‘Helping Lewiston bloom for 95 years’
Lewiston GardenFest, presented by Lewiston Garden Club, is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19. The Center Street festival includes more than 60 vendors selling flowers, plants and handcrafted art and garden essentials, along with a garden walk, speakers, a container garden contest, and more activities throughout the weekend.
“It’s a summer of celebration in our historic village, as we mark Lewiston’s bicentennial and also the 95th anniversary of Lewiston Garden Club,” said Judy Talarico, chair of Lewiston GardenFest. “Lewiston GardenFest features plenty of ideas and inspiration to update your own garden or outdoor space, as well as some fun garden-related activities for guests of all ages.
“By attending the event, you help to support Lewiston’s ongoing beautification efforts, as proceeds go back into the soil of the community through plantings and other garden-related projects.”
Festivalgoers can also stroll through several public and private gardens throughout the weekend with a free garden walk. The gardens vary in size and style, and are located both within walking distance and a short drive from Center Street. Pick up a map highlighting the featured gardens at one of the hospitality booths during the festival.
For budding gardeners, kids can decorate butterfly rocks or create tissue flowers, both while supplies last.
Representatives from Cornell Cooperative Extension will be available in Hennepin Park to answer gardening questions and provide free soil sample analysis.
On Saturday, the Lewiston GardenFest speaker series features David O’Donnell from Eastern Monarch Butterfly at 11 a.m., and Tim Zimmerman from Medford Nursery at 1 p.m. Master gardener Lyn Chimera will present at 1 p.m. Sunday. All garden talks take place in front of the Frontier House.
For those with green thumbs and not-so-green thumbs alike, adults and children are invited to participate in Lewiston GardenFest’s container garden contest. Prepare an arrangement in a traditional container or “think outside the planter.” Bring a container entry and a stand for display to the container garden tent in Hennepin Park by 9 a.m. Saturday.
Throughout the weekend, festivalgoers can vote for their favorite container garden. Prizes will be awarded to those containers that garner the most votes.
Pictured, front row: Julie Berrigan of Modern Corporation; Sharon Low and Barbara Carter of the Lewiston Garden Club; and Village of Lewiston Mayor Anne Welch. Second row: GardenFest Chairperson Judy Talarico; Susan Barber; Robert Trunzo of Modern; and Town of Lewiston Supervisor Steve Broderick. (Photo by Robert Albee)
GardenFest sponsors are shown at Hennepin Park. Row one, from left: Sharon Low; Julie Berrigan of Modern Corporation; Barbara Carter; and Village of Lewiston Mayor Anne Welch. Row two: Robert Trunzo of Modern; Town of Lewiston Supervisor Steve Broderick; Judy Talarico; and Susan Barber. (Photo by Robert Albee)
Lewiston GardenFest is sponsored by the Village of Lewiston, Town of Lewiston, DiMino’s Lewiston Tops, Lakeside Sod Supply Co., Modern Corporation and Wegmans. Proceeds from Lewiston GardenFest go back into the soil of the historic village for civic beautification efforts and scholarships. For more information, visit lewistongardenfest.com.
Where the Money Goes
On Monday, May 16, approximately 20 members of the Lewiston Garden Club broke out their shovels, spades, pots, planters, and green thumbs for their annual planting day throughout the Village of Lewiston. Gardens were spruced up, weeds pulled, and hundreds of flowers planted by the all-volunteer group.
Members will continue to water and maintain these plantings through the end of the summer.
Pictured are volunteers at the Lewiston Museum (469 Plain St.) and Lewiston Public Library (305 S. Eighth St.)
(Photos by Joshua Maloni)