[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1471633008692{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1471632072516{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text el_class=”text-left”]When hot August temperatures prevent us from gardening outdoors, creating a indoor fairy garden is a lovely option. Fairy gardens are very popular among young and old alike. A fairy garden is a miniature garden complete with structures and living plants, limited only by one’s imagination. It is a miniature world where things are small in scale and huge with possibilities.

Here are 5 easy steps to creating a Fairy Garden:

1. Prepare a container for planting. Add stones to your container if it doesn’t have drainage and fill with potting soil.
2. Choose your plants carefully. Make sure they are dwarf and in scale with their environment.
3. Design your garden. You may wish to sketch it first. Arrange your plants in the soil and begin planting.
4. Add accessories, both homemade and ready-made. Make accessories such as a twig fence, bench, clothesline, etc. My preferred sources for “miniature treasures” are Dollar stores, Thrift shops and Garage sales.
5. Find a special place indoors for your new fairy garden and lovingly care for it with water and fertilizer.

Fairy gardens are a terrific way to introduce little ones to gardening while allowing their creativity to flourish. Unlike a conventional garden that takes years to develop, a fairy garden can be a reality in less than an hour. During the process, children learn about plant selection and care, both valuable lessons for future gardeners.

While the Dunnville Horticulture Society (DHS) doesn’t host monthly summer program nights, you will see members out weeding and maintaining our spectacular Town flowerbeds. This summer has presented greater challenges with our hot, dry season. We’re grateful for dedicated volunteers who work hard to keep our beds beautiful and welcoming to all who visit Dunnville or call it home.

Thanks to Deb Zynomirski, Vice President for organizing our “2016 Botanical Gardens and Winery Tour” which will take place on Saturday, August 13. A coach and driver will to take us to Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, then on a tour of three distinguished wineries of the region: Reif Estate Winery, Southbrook Vineyards and Konzelmann Estate Winery. If you are interested in joining this amazing bus trip, contact Deb at (905) 774-8453 (Cost: $60/person for non-DHS members or $115/couple). You won’t be disappointed.

We’ll resume our monthly program nights on Sept. 15, 7-9pm at the Optimist Hall, 101 Main St. E., corner of Cedar and Main St. Dunnville. Come, bring a friend, enjoy a snack, and hear “What’s New at Garden Centres?” presented by Wendi Prior, Assistant Manager of Terra Nursery, Hamilton. Everyone is welcome, members and non-members alike. Doors open at 6:30pm.

For more information about these events or if you have suggestions to share, feel free to contact call:

Debbie Thomas, President – (905) 774-3064
Deb Zynomirski, Vice President – (905) 774-8453[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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