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!
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.
Yesterday, Emily Burkhard from WNYT News Channel 13 spent the afternoon at the Pitney Meadows Community Farm and did a great segment that included our beekeeper, Jenn Dunn; the plans for the 166-acre farm and the flourishing community gardens.
Burkhard and her videographer, Josh, were at the farm interviewing and enjoying the gardens and butterflies for several hours. During that time, Burkhard learned the process of extracting honey from bee hives, toured the community gardens, spoke with gardeners and asked great questions about plans for the farm’s future that were answered by Farm Director Ken Kleinpeter.
It was fun to be able to share what has been accomplished at Pitney Meadows in just a year.
The videography on the story captures the beauty of the farm and the continuation of its agricultural legacy.