Ocean Pines May Day Winners- 2018

Three families have received bragging rights for out-decorating neighbors in the first annual Ocean Pines May Day Basket Event, a spring-inspired community-wide “friendly” contest that debuted in Ocean Pines on May 1.

The event encouraged residents and local business owners to display flowers in a creative arrangement outside of their home or business.

The beautification effort, sponsored by the Ocean Pines Garden Club, attracted 13 participants.

The winning floral arrangement was designed by Robin Wolinski and her daughter, Krysten, both of 24 Brookton Lane.

“The judges felt that their basket, which contained flowers from the yard like dogwood, azaleas, tulips and orange lilies, was exceptional,” said Anita Roberts, of the Ocean Pines Garden Club. “Also included in the display were a small vase of wildflowers and a ‘Happy May Day!’ sign.”

The second place award went to Susan Kaiser, of 28 Moonshell Drive.

“The judges found the second place winner’s entry to be very unique,” said Roberts. “White carnations were placed on a ball of foam, placed in a cone-shaped basket hanging on a shepherd’s hook.”

Kaiser’s floral arrangement was a treat for onlookers, Roberts said, “The white carnations were topped with red carnations as if it was a cherry on top of a vanilla ice cream cone.”

Barbara Ferger, of 5 Oxford Court, took home third place.

“The third place winner designed a beautiful basket of cut flowers,” said Roberts. “Roses, Gerber Daisies, Asiatic Lilies, and greens were artfully arranged and placed on a cobalt blue wrought iron seat.”

The Ocean Pines Garden Club hopes that this community-wide beautification contest blossoms into a staple event, similar to the May Day Basket Event in Annapolis.

“Seeing the May Day celebration in Annapolis and the community spirit it sparked was a stimulus in deciding to sponsor the competition in Ocean Pines,” said Roberts. “The Ocean Pines Garden Club is thrilled with the success of this first-time community event. They look forward to May 1, 2019.”

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