About a dozen young people came to the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens to listen to stories and plant seeds on Saturday. They also made seed pictures. Here are some images to enjoy.
I left the gardens about an hour ago, but the smile on my face will likely last for days
What a wonderful day for the gardens. We had about 125 fairies and friends of fairies participate in the fairy gathering at Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.
Thank you to Susan Rivers, our fairy godmother, for her generous support of this event.
Thank you to the artist who sent this drawing of a rainbow over the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens to me.
I don’t know who did this extraordinary and exuberant artwork, so I can’t thank you in person or I would.
I love it.
Mae Austin’s sunflower drawing took first place in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens art show and one of her prizes was having her art work printed on a T-shirt.
Last night, at the Girl Scout leaders meeting, Mae, who is seven-years-old, received her T-shirt. She was very happy. It was her first art show, she said.
Her mother, Kim, said Mae was a very good artist. We can agree. Pictured above is Mae with her mother and the winning design.
If you’re a fan of graphic novels and anime, you would likely enjoy an exhibit of woodblock prints from 19th century Japan currently on exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
One hundred works of two rivals Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797–1861) and Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1864) are on display and if you just looked at the line work of the faces, the expressions, the energy in the portraits, you would think these are current day manga and anime characters.
Here are a just a few images of the facial expressions. So few lines, yet so expressive.
Suzanne Balet-Haight taught a wreath making class in her greenhouse on Nelson Avenue Extension this morning using the sunflowers grown in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.
It was great fun and each person’s wreath came out very different. There were Adirondack style wreaths, country cottage wreaths, and even a very elegant wreath.
What did they all had in common? Sunflowers and lots of them.
Suzanne, an excellent teacher, showed everyone the proper way to attach the sunflowers using 22 gauge wire. She demonstrated making bows with grasses and how to secure different flowers she had on hand to the grapevine wreaths. Participants used marigolds, amaranths, Dallas blue grass, cedar, statice, sedums and more.
Lots of Fun and Beautiful, Too
She began by demonstrating how to make floral sprays to attach to the wreath. Everyone in the class heard the same instructions, but the results were an individual as the participants. A truly creative experience.
Suzanne teaches floral decorating and wreath making throughout our area. She has taught classes on creating Christmas and hydrangea wreaths, and boxwood tree centerpieces. If you’d like to try your hand at one, contact her through her website, Balet Flowers and Greenhouse. She is a talented artist and knowledgeable teacher.
Also, a generous one. The proceeds of the class today were donated to the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens to put towards the Spring fairy gardens the girl scouts are creating. Thank you, Suzanne for sharing your time and talents.
Yesterday’s post was a fairy dress made from flower petals. It was a pretty weekday dress. Something a fairy might wear to go to class or shopping to pick up pixie dust.
But Pitney Meadows Community Gardens gardener, Jess C. took designing fairy frocks to a whole new level. She made a couple of petal party dresses suitable for solstice gatherings or any event in Tír na nÓg, the land of fairies. The dresses are absolutely enchanting.
Try making one yourself. All you need is glue, a few pretty petals or leaves from the garden and an idea. If you do make a fairy outfit, send me a photo. I’ll post it here.