13th Annual Lewes Tulip Celebration Blooms April 1-17

The 13th  annual Lewes Tulip Celebration, jointly sponsored by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Lewes in Bloom, will be blossoming April 1 – 17, 2022. The broad-based committee, chaired by event founder Lewes Mayor Ted Becker, includes Lewes in Bloom co-chairs and founder, a representative from City of Lewes Parks and Recreation Commission and the Zwaanendael Museum. This year Lewes in Bloom funded the purchase of 26,931 tulip and 3,950 spring bulbs that were planted in fall 2021 by members of Lewes in Bloom.
The timing of the tulips’ appearance is an inexact science and either milder or colder weather in advance of the event dates can increase the probability that the dates of the celebration may not exactly coincide with the tulips blooming! The event dates (April 1-17) span three weekends.
The locations of the plantings will be identified on the map produced in association with the celebration. More than 100 varieties will be on display.
Tiptoe To The Tulips Map: The event organizers created the Tiptoe To The Tulips Map that will be available in late March at the Lewes Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor Center located in the historic Fisher-Martin House in Zwaanendael Park. The visitor center is open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Copies of the map will be available at brochure boxes throughout the historic commercial district. The map lists more than 20 locations where the bulbs were planted. It also has a schedule of activities associated with the Tulip Celebration.
Tulip Sale: On April 15 & 16 Lewes in Bloom will be selling tulips at the Bank Street Plaza on Second Street from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
History in Bloom Walking Tours: The Lewes Historical Society and Lewes in Bloom are partnering to offer walking tours on Saturday, April 2nd and Saturday, April 9th at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.  The tours will be led by a historic guide and will provide information on Lewes’ rich maritime history.  A knowledgeable guide from Lewes in Bloom will be on the tour to point out the multiple tulip varieties found around Lewes.  The tours begin at the Cannonball House’s back garden, behind 118 Front Street. The tour cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Purchase tickets at www.historiclewes.org/visit/tours/html.
Floral demonstrations and tulip sales: Ken Norman, owner/designer at Floral Inspirations, located on the beach side of the canal at 524 E. Savannah Road, in the shops under the Beacon Motel, will be hosting demonstrations on Friday and Saturday, April 8th &  9th and 15th & 16th from 1 – 3 p.m.  Owner/designer Mayumi Williamson of Flowers by Mayumi, located in the historic business district at 128 Second Street, will be hosting a drop-in floral arranging demonstration on April 8 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Spring Geranium Sale: Benefits the GFWC Zwaanendael Women’s Club’s Community Service Programs. They are taking orders until April 15 with pick up on Saturday, April 30 at Lewes in Bloom’s Warehouse at 217 Schley Avenue, Lewes. $7 per 6” pot – pink, white, red and salmon. Email orders to [email protected] or checks payable to Z Club, mailed to P.O. Box 100, Lewes, DE 19958
Tulip arrangements and Art Exhibitions: There are additional activities associated with the Tulip Celebration including tulip arrangements by the Sussex Gardeners on display in the Zwaanendael Museum, and art exhibitions at the Cape Artists of Lewes Gallery, located at 110 W. Third Street, including their Open House on April 2 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.  and the “Sur La Table” opening at the Peninsula Gallery at 520 E. Savannah Road.

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