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.
Our sunflowers worked hard for us all season.
They lured artists in from everywhere to paint, draw and take photographs.
The seed heads fed the pollinators and then the birds. They were harvested for a wreath making class this Saturday at Suzanne Balet’s greenhouse on Nelson Avenue ext.
They were part of a grow the tallest sunflower contest. And the winning image was printed on children’s T-shirts.
Bouquets of cheerfulness were shared with volunteers and brought one person to happy tears.
But as of today the seedbeds, which had finished blooming, were removed and just the stalks remain. This was done on the west side of the garden to hold the soil in place when the winter winds blow.
Even now, they continue to give by helping us preserve the garden’s soils.
You’ve admired them all summer. Now you can bring them into your homes.
We have dried the sunflowers and will be holding a sunflower wreath making class at Suzanne Balet-Haight’s on Oct. 14 at ten a.m.
Let us know if you can make it by Oct. 10th. See you then.
Wondering who won the Grow the Tallest Sunflower Contest?
It was three-year-old Carter M. with a Mammoth sunflower the reached a height of 95 and one-quarter inches. Congratulations, Carter, who can be seen above wearing a striped shirt.
In the photos, you can also see the crowd that gathered as our tall Sunflower Judges Rich Torkelson and Barbara Glaser, both PMCF board members, went flower by flower precisely measuring each for height and for the largest sunflower head from petal tip to petal tip.
It was close and there were moments of tense anticipation, but Carter’s sunflower ended up winning by three and three-quarter inches.
The award for the largest sunflower head went to Kaitlyn W., whose 85-inch -tall sunflower had a bloom that measured 16 and three-eighths inches across from petal tip to petal tip. She took her mammoth flower home with her. (See the photo above).
Both Carter and Kaitlyn won sunflower kites.
Thank you to all those that participated. It was a great turnout.
Enchanting and charming are two good words to describe the 20 houses made by the Girl Scouts for the fairy village, which was tucked between a colorful border of cosmos and zinnias.
The girls, under the direction of Girl Scout badge coordinator Jess Clauser, created the houses using natural materials. Early Saturday they placed their houses in the fairy village and embellish the village by adding twigs, pebbles, acorn caps, moss, shells, log slices and more.
Some of the girl scouts earned the brownie outdoor art creator badge and the junior outdoor art explorer badge doing this project, which is one of several that they have completed in the Community Gardens this season. Many more are planned including a Spring fairy garden with mini daffodils and tulips.
Another project the Girl Scouts and other children from the community did this summer was draw and paint in the garden classes led by gardener Martel Catalano and Judy Brunner.
In August, young artists created paper sunflowers. On another Saturday, they went into the garden to decide what they would draw and paint.
Some drew the flowers. Others focused on vegetables and still others did studies of the insects they found.
More than 30 paintings were created. And, for the art show the artworks were displayed clothesline style in front of the sunflowers.
The following painting of sunflowers by Girl Scout Mae Austin took first place and in addition to winning a medal, will be used on the Community Gardens greeting cards and T-shirt. Congratulations to all three winners. Second place: Aurora Davis and Third Place: Lucy Ploss.
Saturday’s art class led by Martel C. and Jess. C. was fabulous. About 20 young artists came together to draw and paint in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.
The art they created will be shown on Sept. 16 in an art show at the community gardens.
We hope you will come and see them. The show will run from 2 to 4 p.m. and refreshments will be served.
In addition, the winner of the Who Can Grow the Tallest Sunflower will be announced and prizes for the art show and contest will be awarded.
Thank you to all the “helpers” on hand. I couldn’t have done this without you.
Hope to see you in the garden. Natalie
Nineteen people participated in the sunflower making art class Saturday morning at the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.
Working under the direction of Miss Judy and Miss Rose, the group sat at the picnic tables in the garden and made large paper sunflowers.
They also had the opportunity to play in the sunflower house, play with the miniature farm and enjoy being creative outdoors on a beautiful summer day.
Next week on Saturday, August 26th, there will be another free art class for children. This time, the participants will paint and draw sunflowers and other elements of the garden under the guidance of artists Martel Catalano, Nancy Hicks and Jess Clauser. Children 6 to 14 years old are welcome. If you are interested, registration is required. Contact Garden Director Natalie Walsh at email@example.com.