FAIRY GARDEN CONTEST AT THE HALIFAX FARMER'S MARKET
By Irene Dunn
The Southside Master Gardener Association will hold a Fairy Garden Contest on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Halifax Farmer's Market from 8 to 11a.m. This contest is free to the public and prizes will be awarded. A miniature container garden may be submitted by an individual of any age, a group, such as a Sunday School Class or a Garden Club or a family, a Grandmother and Grandchild for example. There is no size limit, but the gardens must be able to be carried to the display tables. Please bring your gardens between 8 and 9:45 a.m.
Fairy Gardening has been around for hundreds of years. It first debuted in the US in 1893 at the Chicago World's Fair, where the Japanese Pavilion displayed bonsai dish gardens. It has become more popular in recent years. A miniature garden is where you can use your imagination to create a year-round tiny space to tend to and lure fairies where they feel at home and bring luck and happiness. This is a great, fun project for children and their parents or grandparents to get involved in gardening, teach respect for growing things and making memories. Adults and kids alike will love to plan, pick out plants, play in the dirt, construct tiny items and learn how to maintain their fairy garden.
The garden can be placed inside or outside in living spaces or the garden. It is a great advantage that you can build a fairy garden inside regardless of the weather. Any type of container can be used with a drainage hole. It can be inexpensive by collecting things such as pebbles, rocks, moss, twigs, bark, leaves, fabric, string, small toys, popsicle sticks or items made out of clay. These can be used to make fairy houses, paths, arbors, seats, swings, and ponds etc. There are many ideas and inspirations on-line and stores were you can also buy fairies, gnomes and accessories to make your garden magical.
The Fairy Gardens will be judged by a panel of independent judges based on the overall design, creativity, imaginative use of live plant material (must have at least 2 live plants) and other components used. NO artificial plants or live animals can be used. Judges will determine the first and second place winners. Visitors may vote for one entry for the People's Choice category between 10 and 11 a.m. Winners will be announced at 11:30 a.m. and receive their prizes. During judging you will be able to enjoy all the market has to offer, fresh produce, organic meats and egggs, homemade breads and sweets, fresh flowers and lots of arts and crafts. The Halifax Farmer's Market is located at 209 S. Main St. Halifax. Entry forms and rules may be picked up at the Halifax Extension Ofice, 171 S. Main St. Halifax, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at the market during regular market hours. For more information, visit www.ssmga.org or call the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147 option 0. Please put the Fairy Garden Contest on your list of the most fun things to do this summer.
Fairy gardens can be full of wishful thinking. In this whimsical garden, Christie Hall tells us that she'd rather be at the beach. Bring your fairy garden to the Halifax Farmers Market on June 11th.