The conference room at Colusa Industrial Properties was abuzz with excitement as imaginations ran wild during the Fairy Garden Class held Tuesday, February 23, 2016.
Instructed by UCCE Master Gardener, Gerry Hernandez, the class provided the opportunity for gardeners with various experience to create creative habitats and attract a magical and curious fairy to their potted gardens.
Fairy Gardens is the new garden trend where a magical experience can be created in a single pot. Moss, flowers, herbs or other small plants that don’t require a lot of maintenance are planted and miniature figures and items are added. The combination provides a tempting wonderland for fairies.
“This was something we could do that is creative and fun. It allows you to embrace the lighter side of life,” said Mary Kalfsbeek who attended with her daughter and friend.
Attendees also browsed glittered winged figurines, tiny garden furniture and trellises, gypsy wagons, and meditative frog figurines all made available by Davison Drug & Stationery in Colusa.
In addition to purchased items, participants learned how to transform ordinary household items into furnishings fit for a fairy. For example, wine corks were cut into thin rounds with scissors and then nestled into the soil in a pattern. The small circles of cork appeared to be pathways of little stepping stones between the plants and other decorations.
“I liked the decorating part. I chose a bridge, a table and chairs and the arch,” said Ellen Carlson, 12, of Arbuckle.
Some of the younger participants at the event were 4-H members seeking the opportunity to enter their creations in the Colusa County Fair.
“It will be fun to see how much their gardens have grown in three months,” said Colusa County Master Gardener, Sherry Maltby.
Hernandez and the other Master Gardeners commented that they were very satisfied with the turnout.The gardening group expected between 5-10 people at most, and was delightfully surprised with 22 participants.
The gardening group expected between 5-10 people at most, and was delightfully surprised with 22 participants.
“We decided to make fairy gardens because they are fun and completely hands-on which is a big trend in gardening right now,” said Hernandez, “People want to do the activity, not sit and listen to a lecture.”
Upcoming Succulent Class
The UCCE Master Gardeners of Colusa County will host a Succulent Workshop on March 31, 2016, in Arbuckle from 6 PM to 8 PM. The cost is $25 which includes a container, plants, and soil. The deadline to register and pay fees is March 21, 2016.
For information about the Succulent Class or future classes, contact the UCCE Master Gardeners by calling (530) 458-0570 or visit their website at www.cecolusa.ucanr.edu.