On your mark, get set, garden! Ocean Pines residents and local business owners will soon be able to put their green thumb to use and show off their gardening skills during the first annual Ocean Pines May Day Basket Event.

The spring-inspired event, which is a friendly competition, is sponsored by the Ocean Pines Garden Club.

“It is our hope that May Day will act as a community event that highlights spring and the beauty of Ocean Pines,” said Anita Roberts, of the Ocean Pines Garden Club. “The club is sponsoring this annual event because part of our mission statement is to stimulate interest in gardening while encouraging friendship within our community.”

Participants must arrange fresh-cut flowers into a beautiful basket that is hung out front of their home or business and seen from the street. To be considered in the judging, all baskets must be hung by 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1, and contestants must place a card with their name on it in the basket. The name card should include their age if the contestant is 12 or under.

Members of the Ocean Pines Garden Club will be judging baskets between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon on May 1. Ribbons will be placed on the winners’ baskets. All entrants 12 and under will be awarded pink ribbons.

Treat your senses to an array of vibrant floral displays during the first annual Ocean Pines May Day Basket Event.

To register, email your name and address to Anita Roberts, [email protected].

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