Mark your calendars for Sunday, July 22! The sixth annual Winding Brook in Bloom will be held that day and you could be one of the deserving winners. The judges will be looking for creativity, color, texture, and variety. Please know that hanging baskets don't count nor do those homes that have been professionally done—they will look for the home gardener.

Maybe you have the Best Front Yard, Best Mail Box, Best Container Garden, Best Use of Foliage, Best Use of Flowers or you are the Most Improved (you moved here since last July and have pictures of the dramatic improvements you have made). You may win a gift card from a local garden center. So start planting, weeding, trimming and beautifying your front yard!