Fairy Festival

Fairy gardens are becoming a popular form of gardening, either planted in some kind of a container or directly in the ground. This growing trend is where gardening and hobby collide, and is introducing the love of plants to a growing number of people.

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Who participates in these garden-meets-art activities? Adults and children alike enjoy fairy gardening, each creating a fairy garden that’s uniquely theirs. From jurassic park, to beach scenes, to woodland forests; the only limitation is the imagination of the creator.

What’s a Fairy Festival? It’s a week-long event celebrating this fun hobby of miniature gardening with a whimsical twist.

-Weekday activities will take place only during ‘Happy Hour’. Monday-Friday from 4pm-5pm (pre-register here) enjoy a hands-on creative workshop. Also during the week, participate in the Fairy Kingdom Hunt (a self guided hunt for themed gardens).

-The BIG day is Saturday, July 16th. From 9am-4pm (workshops are continuous throughout the day on the 16th) we will have workshop tables throughout the greenhouses for 7 different activities. Participate in the Fairy Kingdom Hunt, and sip some Pixie Juice.

Register online, or phone, or in person at BCG. Registration GUARANTEES your place in a workshop. Walk-ins are welcome, but all activities are ‘while supplies last’.

-All activities can be done by any age group, adults and children alike. Activities labeled with the word ‘wee’ are designed for children to do easily, but adults can also do them as each person will make the project with their own flare and style.

-We encourage everyone to wear your wings and bring your wands. When else will you have the opportunity to wear a flower crown? Some of our staff will be having fun with costumes, so why not join us?

The Fairy Garden Workshop

Included in the cost of the workshop: a bowl container, soil, moss and stones, 3 plants, a $2.99 figurine, and full use of our DIY accessory ingredients. This workshop is geared toward adults and older children as the DIY ingredients are not all child friendly, however, parents are welcome to partner with their children. Examples of the types of gardens you can work toward are below, but let your own imagination flow!

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This is an example of a beach themed fairy garden. We’ll have some ideas to get the creative juices flowing. Many different ‘ingredients’ will be available to make unique accessories. Manufactured accessories shown are not included in the cost of the workshop, but can be purchased at any time to grow your fairy garden.

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This fairy garden has more of a woodland feel. Note the DIY patio, stepping stones, and birdbath you can create. Manufactured accessories shown are not included in the cost of the workshop, but can be purchased at any time to grow your fairy garden.

Wee Folk Fairy Garden Workshop

Included in the cost of the workshop: a beach bucket, soil, sand and stones, 3 plants, and full use of our child friendly DIY accessory ingredients. This workshop is geared toward younger children because the DIY accessory ingredients are child friendly. Parental supervision is still necessary. Adults may also enjoy this workshop!

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A summer fairy garden in a beach bucket! Manufactured accessories shown are not included in the cost of the workshop, but can be purchased at any time to grow your fairy garden.

Fairy Attracting Suncatchers Workshop

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Choose from colored marbles, gems, and glitter to make your own Fairy Attracting Suncatcher for your fairy garden. Projects will be taken home for curing before using.

Fairy Garden Path Workshop

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Once you learn how to make these little paths pieces, you’ll put them everywhere! Projects will be taken home to cure before using.

Fairy Doors or Wee Folk Fairy Doors Workshops

The difference between these two workshops is the available art materials to decorate them. The Wee Folk Fairy Doors will have child friendly craft materials, while the Fairy Doors participants will have use of more challenging mediums. Both start with a natural wood door. Below are example of what you can do with your door, but let your imagination fly!

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Fairy Flower Crown Workshop

Stop first (registration highly recommended) at the Fairy Flower Crown workshop table so you can wear your crown for the day! As always, adults and children are encouraged to participate, but younger children will need parents to do the project for them.

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Miss Kim in the Garden

What’s not to love about Miss Kim? She’s beautiful, low-maintenance, and fabulously fragrant. Of course, we’re talking about the low growing lilac shrub, Miss Kim.

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Tight buds with the promise of fragrant blooms very soon!

Miss Kim is a compact lilac shrub that only gets 6′ tall, making it a great addition to foundation plantings. This Korean type lilac will be covered with spicy scented blossoms in late spring, just when the old-fashioned lilacs are finishing up. Even in the Fall, Miss Kim does not disappoint with the foliage putting on a show of burgundy tones.

Mother’s Day Hanging Basket Special!

Through May 8, 2016, 10″ annual flowering hanging baskets are Buy 1 Get 1 Half Off! Right now, there are literally THOUSANDS of blooming hanging baskets covering the ceilings of our greenhouses! Our staff is ready and waiting to help you make your selection. Got shade? We’ll show your your choices. Hot sunny spot? No problem, we’ve got the perfect plants for that too! Bring Mom and enjoy a special day at the garden center.

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Want to keep those beautiful hanging baskets blooming? Read here for some tips.

Caring For Your Flowering Hanging Basket

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Flowering hanging baskets have become a symbol of warm weather. Nearly every house in every neighborhood is adorned with overflowing blooms suspended in the air, as surely as there is a mailbox. Time, energy, and money are spent choosing the perfect hanging baskets for your home, so learning to maintain them to keep them looking beautiful is important.

Here are some tips to help you this season.

-In a very short period of time, the pot of your hanging basket will have more roots than soil. The bigger the basket, the easier time you will have maintaining it. Watering is the most important part of caring for your hanging basket. You don’t want them to be consistently sopping wet, nor do you want them to wilt flat to the pot before giving it a drink.

-In early spring, your basket can go longer between waterings, simply because the plants are young with smaller root systems and the days are cooler. But as the days become hotter, you will be watering more frequently, eventually every day the sun is shining.

-Learn to feel the weight of your hanging basket by gently lifting up the bottom of the pot. A heavier pot may not need watering that day, and make note of how much lighter if feels as it dries out.

-Another way to know when to water, is when the soil surface feels dry to the touch.

-When you water, water thoroughly until the water comes flowing out of the bottom. If this happens immediately, it means the pot was really dry, repeat the process again after several minutes.

-Remember, your basket is packed full of plants, so fertilizer is JUST as important as water to keep them looking healthy. We recommend a time-release fertilizer like Jobe Potting Plants and Hanging Basket Spikes. For 10” and 12” baskets, place 2 spikes on the outskirts of the pot every 8 weeks. 14” cone baskets get 3 spikes.

Bee a Good Gardener

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There is a movement out there that I’m sure you’ve at least heard a mention of, it’s about saving the honeybees. Honeybees are responsible for pollinating many of the flowers that make the food that we love, enjoy, and need to eat to live. The thought of the honey bees disappearing….well, it just makes me hungry. So I’m all for saving the honeybees!

There are arguments from both sides of the aisle why honeybee colonies collapse and bee keepers are finding it harder and harder to sustain their bees. I personally have sat through many lectures on the subject from varying point of views, and this winter I even took a bee keeping course. The bee keeping class set me straight that the term ‘colony collapse’ gets used often when it probably shouldn’t be. Many times it’s just poor bee keeping practices, and more often the varroa mite is to blame for the demise of the colony.

It is a confusing topic with many different avenues of blame, and with that comes many opinions on what should be done to help the honeybees. But good news! There is a simple thing you can do TODAY to help the honeybees thrive – focus on planting the plants that honeybees love most! A great place to start is right in the moment with things you can plant that bloom early when flowers are in short supply. Plant things like pussy willows, witch hazel, fruit trees, hellebores, snapdragons, and sweet alyssum. Stop by Burnett’s Country Gardens for a complimentary list of plants that are sure to make the gardener and the bee both very happy!

Heather Thibeault is a life-long gardener, plant collector, and Burnett's employee.

Heather Thibeault is a life-long gardener, plant collector, and Burnett’s employee.

Landscape Project Weeks

Dreaming of a picture perfect landscape but don’t know where to start? That’s where we come in! Let us help you get started no matter how small or big your project is.

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Call to make an appointment for a complimentary design consultation. This offer is only good for 2 weekends, April 9th and 10th, and April 16th and 17th.

Here are some things you can do to make the most of your 1/2 hour appointment:

– Take pictures from different angles and distances of the area you want to landscape or garden in.

– Take measurements!

– Take pictures of your house to capture the style and color of your home.

– Know the exposure (north, south, east, or west exposure).

– Know the lighting. How many hours of shade/sun?

– Think about your goals. Do you want to see flowers? Do you want low maintenance plants? Do you need deer resistant plants?

Call 860-949-8722 to take advantage of this special design service!