Sure has been a hot, humid summer! Luckily, our first workshop in June was inside the Ball Visitors Center in a nice air-conditioned room. Norma Burns taught us how to plant, grow, harvest and cook with garlic. Everyone left with some of Norma’s homegrown veggies, great recipes using garlic and definite garlic breath.
The next workshop we weren’t as lucky – it was outside Steed Hall – but fortunately, the temperatures that day were only in the 80’s with a nice breeze. Pat Banville was kind enough to teach two workshops that day and we learned how to make a birdbath out of cement in the shape of a large leaf. Both workshops were full with waiting lists, so Pat has kindly agreed to come back next summer.
June’s Lunch & Learn brought us Tim Emmert from Sandhills Farm to Table and everyone learned about the challenges of running a multi-farm operation.
Local artist Magda Sonderfan taught participants how to paint pretty blue hydrangeas using only their fingers in our July workshop. Everyone left feeling like Monet with a beautiful 11” x 14” painting.
Also in July, Jon Davis from Wild Birds Unlimited gave a great presentation for our Lunch & Learn. It was packed with information and tips on how to attract more birds to your backyards.
Our Children’s Treasure Trail Adventure was back in August! Kids of all ages came out for a morning of fun & games, crafts and even a bit of education. Cookies and lemonade were served while the kids followed their treasure maps to each station.
Bill Barber, camellia expert, was our Lunch & Learn speaker in August. He gave us wonderful tips on growing and propagating camellias.
Hopefully, September will bring cooler weather, especially for our Lunch & Learn with Dolores Muller, who’ll be giving a walking tour through our beautiful gardens. Our workshop with Bonsai specialist Harold Johnson still has some spots left in the afternoon session. Be sure and sign up soon to assure your place!