Flower power: Plants a colorful addition to downtown Dover

DOVER — The 331 flower pots filled with colorful plants that line Loockerman Street not only combine to create a more positive, welcoming feel to downtown Dover, they also serve as a reminder of community and businesses working together. Amy Mullen, the events compliance coordinator for Destination Downtown Dover, said it was the collaboration of […]

Community gardens flourishing in Kent County

DOVER –– More than 15 community gardens are flourishing in Kent County providing fresh, free produce to local residents as part of the Kent Community Garden Collaborative. The initiative was originally proposed in December 2014 and a dozen gardens were planted in early 2015 with the help of the Kent County Economic Development. “Anyone interested […]

Kent County gardens benefit from Delaware Ag Department grants

DOVER — More than $2,500 worth of garden-related funding is heading to Kent County. The grant comes as part of a statewide initiative to boost nutrition and enhance communities. W. Reily Brown Elementary School in Dover received a $1,000 micro-grant from the state’s Department of Agriculture, targeted at improving the site’s garden in the fall. […]

Terrorist watchlist gun bill tabled in Delaware

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DOVER — For the third time in seven days, the Delaware Senate delayed a vote on a gun-control bill. After deferring twice last week on legislation relating to background checks before passing it Tuesday, senators debated a proposal Wednesday that would bar anyone on a federal terrorist watchlist from buying a gun. After an hour […]

Time for tulips in Dover

DOVER — Spring is synonymous with Easter bunnies, dyed eggs and warm weather. But, blooming flowers and tulips are also a sure sign that spring is here. The city of Dover plants more than 25 varieties of flowers across town, including more than 40,000 tulips, which seems to help brighten spirits around town. “They are […]

Easter lilies shout rebirth, purity

DOVER — “Lilies are absolutely to die for.” Longwood Gardens horticulturist Karl Gercens is not the first person to trumpet the fragrant beauty of Lilium. Nearly 2,000 years ago Jesus told his disciples to “Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his […]

Frost on the pumpkins in the forecast for Kent County

DOVER — It might be time to pull the flannel pajamas from the bottom of the drawer, make sure the furnace is working and throw a sheet over vegetables and  flowers still blooming. And if you haven’t brought in your favorite potted plant, it’s time to do so. The National Weather Service warns frost and […]

Annual planting of tulips helps enhance Dover

One of the surest signs of spring is warm weather and flowers blooming, especially the tulips brightening flower beds and spirits around town. Even though some haven’t popped open yet, the city of Dover’s Grounds Department hopes to see that change by the end of April.

Master Gardeners’ plant sale supports scholarships

Whether you already have a green thumb or you’re new to gardening, the Kent County Master Gardeners’ annual plant sale may be a good place to start.

“In Delaware, we say that all danger of frost is gone by mid-May,” said Charlotte Mathis, co-chair for the event.

“Coming to the plant sale will certainly give them a head start on designing what they want to put in their yards or even in pots.”