Public Invited To Public Blooming Celebration – 5/9 – At Lincoln Park


By Carol McCracken

The public is invited to a Public Blooming Celebration on Saturday, May 9 at Lincoln Park, says an organizer of the event, Robin Whitten. It runs from 10:00 a.m. until noon. It‘s an opportunity to enjoy the tulips in bloom. “The tulips WILL be in bloom,” promises Robin who is the founder of the Pink Tulip Project.

It will be a family event. There will be story tellers, maps of where other similar projects are located as well as light refreshments. It’ll also be an opportunity to learn more about the Pink Tulip Project, founded by Robin Whitten five years ago.

In the fall of 2004, Robin was diagnosed with breast cancer. During her treatment, doctors encouraged her to visualize something beautiful that she was looking forward to. Having just planted a bunch of pink tulip bulbs in her back yard on Munjoy Hill, she began to focus on the lovely pink tulips she was looking forward to the following spring. From that experience, came the Pink Tulip Project. The proceeds of the profit from the sale of the tulip bulbs are donated to the Maine Cancer Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Fund.

Robin and her husband, prominent architect Rob, have lived on the Hill for thirty years.