Nielsen's Florist is sponsoring its inaugural Mother's Day essay contest open to children of all ages.

Nielsen's is asking children to write an essay of 200 words or less telling why their mother is "The Best Mom in Darien." Nominations should include how she helps others in the community. The winner will receive a year of fresh flowers delivered once a month to her home in Darien.

To enter the contest, e-mail the entry to nielsen@nielsensflorist.com or drop it off at Nielsen's Florist, 1405 Post Road. Nominations are due by Wednesday, May 8. In addition to the essay, a photo of Mom may be included. Entries also must include contact information, such as an e-mail address and phone number.

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The child who submits the best essay will be notified on Friday, May 10, by phone to arrange a special surprise presentation for his or her mother.

For information, call 203-655-2541 or visit www.nielsensflorist.com.