Lovely Afternoon at Pitney Meadows Community Gardens

Cafe Lena photoIt was wonderful to see some of you at the Cafe Lena concert at Pitney Meadows Community Gardens this afternoon.

Community Gardeners: What a treat to have live music while you work in your gardens, refreshments available and the fun of watching young children enjoy themselves in the sandbox.

This is the good life.

 

Building Garden Structures with Sticks and Saplings

Screen Shot 2019-01-17 at 9.16.05 AMThis is my idea of fun.

Patrick Doughtery, a carpenter and sculpture, is creating a huge stick sculpture at the Mounts Botanical Garden in Palm Beach County, Florida from truckloads of saplings.

Dougherty, who is based in North Carolina,  has created his Stickwork projects in Scotland, Japan, Brussels and all over the United States, including Cincinnati’s Taft Museum of Art.

I’m looking at this and thinking…Hmm. Can we scale this down and make a sapling sculpture in a community garden? What would you create?

A tunnel for hanging gourds? A playhouse? A secret room?

Has anyone made one? If so, let me know about it please! And send pictures!

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Sunflower Contest Results, Fairy Garden, and Art Show in the Gardens

 

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.

Fairy Village

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.

 

Art Show

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.Screen Shot 2017-09-16 at 6.55.42 PM

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.

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What Should We Name Him?

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With the help of Charlotte and George and the addition of a little more stuffing and a hat, our scarecrow is looking better.

He is standing guard over the tiny sunflowers on the west side of the garden.

And so far, no crows have landed near him. Good work Mr ???

Our brave scarecrow needs a name. What shall we call him?

Scarecrow Joke:

Why did the scarecrow get a promotion?

He was outstanding in his field.

Got another joke?

 

 

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Girl Scouts Rock the Herb Garden

Earlier this season, the girl scouts made colorful rock markers for our community herb garden, which is located near the garden shed. Each rock bears the name of a different herb.

This weekend, with the help of friends and siblings, the girl scouts placed the markers in the raised beds, planted herb seeds and watered them in.

Thank you all. The markers look festive and happy in the raised beds. A job well done.

All PMCG gardeners are welcome to come and cut a few herbs from these two beds as soon as they grow a little. We have parsley, sage, dill, thyme, lemon verbena, rosemary, cilantro, borage, chives, basil, savory, Greek oregano, marjoram and more growing for all to enjoy. Take a look next time you are in the garden.

 

 

Judy Brunner’s Mini Farm

Screen Shot 2017-07-20 at 12.53.36 PM.pngThe Saratogian has an article on Judy Brunner’s mini-farm.

Judy, an artist and retired Saratoga Springs teacher, grew up on a farm and knew just the right touches to add to her mini-farm.

You can link to the article here:  Saratogian Mini-farm

On Saturday, the farm will be set up and ready for adults to see and for children to come and play.

 

Want to Grow These?

If only we could!

Happy April Fool’s Day!donutseedThe inspiration for these seed packets came to me at the breakfast table.

Always the gardener, I looked down into the bowl of cereal and thought, “These little rings look like donut seeds.”

So I made a bunch of different donut seed packets for the fun of it and have used them for garden party favors.