A Wilmington tradition since 1921, the Flower Market is held the weekend of Mother's Day with proceeds benefiting children's charities. It offers plenty of opportunities for dads and kids and daughters and sons to find gifts for Mom.
There are plants of all types, ranging from nursery grown seedlings to those donated from local gardens (Thinning out plants? Bring them here). Back "in the day," many local estates donated plants from their greenhouses, but there are not many of those still operating. There are herbs, veggies, hanging baskets, perennials and ground covers.(right-view of grounds from top of Rockford Tower). There are also merchant tents with all manner of products from soaps, oils, jewelry, scarves, hats, clothes for all ages, and handmade items not found anywhere else. Kids are not forgotten--there are pony rides, carnival rides, and amusements.
And then there are the food trucks. You name it from Italian, Polish, Asian, ice cream, BBQ, and this year, a wine and beer garden. There was a good crowd there Friday, and some of the merchants told me they were not coming back Saturday because of the threat of rain. This event is on the grass in historic Rockford Park, which can become a muddy mess in the rain. (Left, view of scene at top of tower).
And above it all is Rockford Tower, built in 1901 to store water in its central tank. Today it serves as a challenge to those who are rewarded for the trek up (the staff wasn't sure) 120, 139 or however many steps to get a great view reaching to the Delaware River and the leafy green town of Wilmington and beyond. (Right, supporting structure at top of Tower).
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