Sunday, June 28, 2009

Garden Oasis

Arlene Romeo of Dudley Court Submitted these pictures of her yard. I particularly liked the pink rose in bloom. It would be a delight to see her garden in bloom. A great space to be!

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Gardening Italian Style

We received these great pictures from the Peruzzo family on Pensylvania Ave.

They provided these comments to their photos:
"We moved from Italy almost two years ago, and we LOVE our new town as much as we love gardening! "

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Rory Ruhl's Park Project

Rory Ruhl was very proud in this project that he created on his own in Brightwood Park.
Rory took the initiative to create a picnic space in Brightwood. He cleared the brush, and dragged a large tree to create a natural embankment. This space opened up the area adjacent to the bridge and creates a great spot to view the 2pm turtles.

Rory is a longterm department of public works employee and a Westfield Resident who truly cares about Brightwood park.

Thanks Rory!

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Fragrant, Reliable, and Beautiful

The photos continue to roll in. This one is from Millicent Brody's Garden.

These lilacs are our signature signal for warm weather. Purchased from Williams Nursery. Guaranteed to bloom every year.
Millicent K. Brody: Sandra Circle, Westfield, New Jersey

Saturday, June 20, 2009

16 Prospect - Flowers and Music too!

16 Prospect - Wine Bar and Bistro has created an amazing outdoor space in front of their restaurant. Flowers cascade from planters that create a welcoming awning. Large Fig Trees and vines surround have been placed to the sides to create a great cafe' space.

They also have great live music that complements their food offerings seven nights a week.
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Call for Pictures! - Win a $100 Gift Card

The deadline is approaching for photos to be included in our entry for America in bloom.
All pictures must be submitted by Saturday June 26th.
  • Pictures need to be taken in Westfield.
  • Pictures can be of flowers, gardens, working on the garden, children in your garden.
  • Include Name, and address with pictures.
  • A Sentence describing the photo.
So get out the camera, or take your cell phone and take a picture. Send your entry to

One person will be chosen at random to win a $100 Gift Card to Williams Nursery.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Westfield in Bloom Concert

Welcome the America in Bloom Judges and Kick of the Summer with some Sweet Sounds Downtown!
Michael Craig Band
Thursday July 2nd 6:30 PM - 9 PM
North Ave Train Station,
Westfield NJ

Newcomer's Club - Adding Blooms and Remembering

September 11th was a tragic event, and our town lost twelve of its members on that day. The Newcomers club of Westfield recently added some color to the September 11th memorial last weekend and weeded and cleaned the beds around the memorial. Make sure that you click on the slideshow below to see all of their great effort.

Since 1944, the Westfield Newcomers Club has served as a vehicle for new residents to get to know one another and feel at home in their new town. A non-profit volunteer organization for women and their families, the club also welcomes those who have had a recent lifestyle change, such as marriage, adoption, birth of a child, etc. - you don't have to be new in town to join Newcomers!

They also mentioned that they would like to thank Williams Nursery, who donated all the flowers, and Sorrento's Pizza, who generously donated lunch.

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Photo Credit goes to Marc and the Newcomer's Group

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Elm Street Restaurant Row

Many Elm Street restaurants are adorned with beautiful hanging floral arrangements from Williams Nursery purchased by Robert Scalera, owner of Theresa's Isabella's, and Mojave Grille. Such generous efforts of downtown businessess will help Westfield in competing for the America in Bloom award.
Photo by Nick Mondi, Downtown Westfield Corporation Intern.< 
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Well Manicured Lawns and Gardens

Westfield has lots of well manicured lawns and gardens. This house has great flowers with hostas and dark astilbes. Lots of annuals too. 
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143 Dahlias in Bloom - The Caruana House

Jane Curtis from the Garden Club of Westfield told me that she counted the dahlias that were planted in front of this house on Dudley. I believe she said there were one hundred and forty three. They filled in quite a bit, and I couldn't verify their count.  
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Lovely Victorian on Historic Dudley Avenue

Westfield has quite a few Victorian Homes with Grand Porches. This house is completely landscaped with great flowers in the front and impatiens baskets on the porch.  
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Fight SMA Duck Race at Mindowaskin Park

The Town of Westfield Hosted its annual fight SMA duck race in Mindowaskin Park. Shown is Department of Public Works removing the ducks after the race.  
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The Chelmsford Condominums

The residents of Chelmsford Condominums did an adaptive reuse of planters that were being used as a sidewalk barricade at a downtown construction project. They are now used to create a unique and beautiful barbeque area. Its great that they could extend the use of the wood, and keep them from being added to the landfill.  
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Downtown Westfield Corporation Entrance

The Downtown Westfield Corporation Office is located 105 Elm St.
Matching floral urns match the 36 planter boxes that adorn many of the local businesses.  
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Garden Club of Westfield - In our Corner of Westfield

The Garden Club of Westfield maintains the 7 planters at the center point of town. They change them out several times in the course of the year. Plants have been donated by Williams Nursery. 
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Acquaviva delle fonti - In Bloom

A beautiful restaurant inside and out located at 115 Elm St. Enjoy Northern Italian cuisine in their outdoor park.  
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Expanding on their Homes Garden

The Sherwood's on Hanford Place submitted the following photos along with the commentary:

I have attached some pictures of our yard. We have lived in Westfield for
over 10 years. We learned that many of the previous owners had loved to
garden and we have expanded upon what they began. Almost every scrub and
some of the trees have been moved atleast once as the garden has evolved.
Large oak trees in our yard as well as the neighbors have come down to
provide sunlight where there had been none. While the projects will never
end, the enjoyment continues to grow.

Bill and Denise Sherwood

Public Works Installing Hanging Baskets.

Town of Westfield Department of Public Works employees have been assisting the Downtown Westfield Corporation & Williams Nursery withthe 'Westfield in Bloom' project. Pictured (left to right): Bill Moore,Sr, Richard Edge (in bucket truck), and Art Brown hangs a planter baskets onthe historic light poles in downtown.
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