Great Garden Award – Rotary Park

Nancy Angermaier received a Great Garden Award from Project Bloom for The Common Ground at Rotary Park in Sayville in 2016. All of the flowers were very bright and colorful. Flowers that were growing included Zinnias, Marigolds, Snapdragons and Alyssum. The flowers were in beds surrounding a large circular patio, where there was benches as well.

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Great Garden Award – Slocum Elementary

Justina Rote of Edith L. Slocum Elementary School received a Great Garden Award from Project Bloom for two garden courtyards and an accompanying educational program at the school. It is so lovely seeing gardening being implemented into after school activities. It gives children something constructive to do while being outside, and it’s fun! There was even homemade steeping stone that the children made, in the underbrush. How cute! 

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Great Garden Award – North Great River Civic Association

Sue Pellegrino and Neil Finnin of North Great River Civic Association received two Great Garden Awards from Project Bloom for two locations in Central Islip. One is a large traffic island on Windsor Place and a separate location near Maple Place and Sportsmen Street. Here is the photos for Maple Place and Sportsmen Street. This garden was very patriotic themed.

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Great Garden Award – North Great River Civic Association

Sue Pellegrino and Neil Finnin of North Great River Civic Association received two Great Garden Awards from Project Bloom for two locations in Central Islip. One is a large traffic island on Windsor Place and a separate location near Maple Place and Sportsmen Street. Here is the photos for Windsor Place. The bed was very patriotic themed. 

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Great Garden Award – Northeast Neighborhood Committee

Doris Davidson and the volunteers of the Northeast Neighborhood Committee have received a Great Garden Award from Project Bloom for the community garden at Fulton Street and Commercial Boulevard in Brentwood. The bed was lush and tended to nicely. Some of the flowers planted in the garden were Black Eyed Susans, Zinnias and large hostas. 

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Great Garden Award – Jacob Clock

Eagle Scout Jacob Clock has received a Great Garden Award from Project Bloom for the plantings he did at the American Legion Hall in Islip. His garden was beautiful and carefully tended to. In the center of the garden was a plaque in memoriam to past american legion members. Some of the flowers planted include Marigolds, Zinnias and coleus. 

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KIC Award

Bob and I were honored at last night’s Keep Islip Clean (KIC) meeting with a nice certificate of appreciation for our efforts with Project Bloom

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Great Long Island Tomato Challenge

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2014 Winner, Gary Schaffer (69) of Lindenhurst

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Long Island Tomato Challenge! Give your tomato plants lots of TLC all season long, then bring your biggest, and heaviest fruit to the event to

be judged by Garden Columnist Jessica Damiano. It will be held at Newsday Headquarters (235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, at the Ruland Road entrance) at 7PM on August 12th. Rain date will be August 19th. There are a couple of rules for this challenge and they are:

  • Tomatoes must be homegrown, fresh and not previously frozen.
  • They don’t need to be ripe, but stems should be removed before weighing.

Tomatoes will be judged in 6 categories. The heaviest, the smallest (measured and not weighed,) Ugliest, And three youth categories split into the age groups of 6 and younger, 7-12, and 13-17. There is no need to RSVP to this challenge, just come on down and have some fun! To be featured in an upcoming issue of Newsday, send a photo of yourself with your tomato plants along with growing techniques and the varieties you planted to jessica.damiano@newsday.com, then look back every Sunday in the Newsday Gardening section to follow the competition!

Thank you Jessica Damiano for the original information. You can read more here.