Green thumbs give a boost to South Bethany canals

Date Published: 
Sept. 1, 2017

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Participants in South Bethany’s Annual Adopt-A-Canal End Contest pose for a photo at one of the canal ends.Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Participants in South Bethany’s Annual Adopt-A-Canal End Contest pose for a photo at one of the canal ends.South Bethany is rewarding green behavior. For seven years now, the Annual Adopt-A-Canal End Contest has encouraged residents and property owners to help beautify their little corners of town, for the benefit of all.

Canal ends can be pleasant spots to rest and enjoy the water (from the land), so the Community Enhancement Committee encourages people to create small gardens, which then compete in a summertime beauty contest. Although there were only three winners, many volunteers dedicated hundreds of hours of hard work to landscape 34 different canal ends throughout town.

Lord’s Landscaping joined the winners and town officials on Aug. 18 to present gift certificates to the winning three.

Winners were (first place) Bryant and Olivia Elrod, (second place) Phil and Cicily Iacangelo and (third place) Rich and Sue Juliano.

A memorial bench already faced the canal at their spot, but the Elrods added flowering bushes, native plants, a small bird sculpture and a walkable gravel surface to the Route 1 canal end between Sussex Place and Tern Drive.