Oct 11th, 2014

Digging in the Dirt with Fairies at the State Fair

by Phyllis Laslett, Adult Education CoordinatorLewis Ginter Botanical Garden

girl working on fairy houses at the state fair of virginia

Sometimes, you don’t even need plants.

fairy house with moss

One of the fairy houses — this one was designed by Beth Burrell.

After the Garden was contacted by the State Fair of Virginia to provide a fairy garden demonstration, intrepid volunteer Barb Sawyer and her Hanover Master Gardener cohorts leapt into action.  Last week, with containers made by the Ginter Geezers, potting soil, small plants, tiny furniture, rocks and other accessories, cuteness ensued for about 185 people — including 65 children. The demonstrations were repeated over a 4-hour period.  Watch for more family-oriented fairy house garden workshops this spring.

literature and gourds

The State Fair contacted us earlier in the summer about presenting demos on making fairy gardens—a class we offered earlier in the summer.  Barb Sawyer jumped in to make this happen, and a lot of cuteness has ensued.

Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where she has worked for 14 years overseeing social media, the blog, and the website. She is also a mom, yogi, open water swimmer, gardener, and seeker. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

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