This evening, the Spring Street Gallery hosted a reception for a sunflower show to benefit Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.
Approximately 40 works of art depicting the cheerful, exuberant sunflower were on display and attendance was strong.
Some of the art was created plein air in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens, 223 West Avenue, where rows upon rows of sunflowers have been in bloom for the past month. And, many still are.
Thank you to Maureen Sager and Becky Zeh from the Spring Street Gallery for hosting this event. Pictured above are images from the reception. The last photo is of Becky Zeh painting the Pitney Meadows Community Farm and a young admirer of her work.
Next week, on September 22nd, more than two dozen fairy houses will be on exhibit at the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens Fairy Gathering and Sunflower Measuring.
Located at 223 West Avenue in Saratoga Springs, the day’s festivities start at noon and include fairy games, face painting, the measuring of the sunflowers in the sunflower contest, food trucks, field games and more.
Fairy attire welcome. We will also have wings, flower crowns and wands available for purchase. Come join in the fun on this magical day!
Our Fairy Gathering at the Pitney Meadows Community Garden is Sept. 22 from noon to 3 and children were busy putting the finishing touches on their fairy houses today.
It will be a big day on the farm, located at 223 West Ave in Saratoga Springs. Some 30 tiny dwellings created by Girl Scouts will be on display. There will be field games, a fairy dance, raffle and an appearance by the Fairy Queen who will led children with a story through the community gardens.
Much more is planned including a Fairy dance, games, a Nine Miles East food truck and free ice cream cones to the first 300 children from Ben and Jerry’s. Children are encouraged to dress in fairy attire and fairy wings, wands and flower crowns will be available for sale.
It is a great chance to see in the gardens which include a butterfly garden, grandmothers’ gardens and rows upon rows of glorious sunflowers. Of course, there are also the 70 plus plots where gardeners have grown vegetables all summer long. Also on Saturday, the 22nd, at 2 p.m. the 63 sunflowers grown by children in the second annual sunflower contest will be measured and prizes will be awarded for the tallest and the one with the biggest head.
I’m happy to announce the birth of our second Monarch butterfly this morning. She emerged just before the rains began.
She is beautiful and immediately made herself at home on this red zinnia.
The Pitney Meadows Community Gardens became a certified Monarch way station last winter and as such provides the plants these butterflies need throughout their lifecycle. Next year, we can start a tagging program that would let us track where our butterflies travel as they make their way to Mexico. If you are interested in this project, let me know.
Thank you to Judy B. for caring for these little lovelies.
We were lucky enough to spot two Monarch butterfly caterpillars in our butterfly garden last month.
There may have been more, but we knew of two.
We nurtured them along. kept them safe and once they formed chrysalises we moved them into a netted butterfly house to watch them mature.
Yesterday, one emerged as the gorgeous butterfly you see here. The other should follow any day now.
As many of you know, the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens became a certified Monarch Waystation last winter. This means we provide the plants and habitat Monarch butterflies need to complete their lifecycle from egg to butterfly.
Looks like we did well.
Thank you to Judy. our butterfly foster mother who cared for them.