POINT PLEASANT — Everybody knows there are fairies hiding in the tall grass and under the leaves in yards, but for a group of youngsters, fairies recently came to life at the Mason County Library.
Eleven youngsters, ages 6-13, created a home for their fairies. They made their own miniature gardens with live plants and garden accessories, a garden that they will be able to nurture and watch grow throughout the year.
Members of the Tu-Endie-Wei Garden Club provided materials and instructions to the group,supervising their efforts along with some of their parents and grandparents. Pots, gravel, soil, plants, and fun accessories were provided to the children, who chose the materials they wanted in their gardens and who then planted and designed them.
Picnic tables made from tree limbs, umbrellas from upside-down flowers on a skewer, gazing balls made from marbles and golf tees, flowers and butterflies created from egg cartons along with bees, worms, acorns, and gourds were some of the garden accessories the children had to choose from.
After placing their gravel, then soil in their provided containers, the children proceeded to choose their plant material: sedum, creeping jenny, moss, ajuga and others, also provided by garden club members. Next, they accessorized their gardens and then proudly displayed their accomplishments.
Attending this session of the Tu-Endie-Wei Garden Club’s “Fairy Garden Creation” were Gary Carroll, 11, with Amy Carroll and Gloria Carroll; Chaysron Handley, 13, Kaylie Joslin, 11, and Riley Joslin, 9, with Kendra Handley; Macy Taylor, 6, and Lyndee Taylor, 8, with Melissa Taylor; Celena Brown,8, with Clara Brown; Nevaeh Seymour, 9, Avery Williams, 7, with Rachel Wells; Charlotte Messer, 9, with Barbara Maines; and Destiny Hopkins, 8, with Kelly Perry and Daniel Hopkins.
Library clerk and branch manager Amy Thompson gave of her time Saturday to help with the project and the library advertised and signed up the children. Assisting from the garden club were Molly Park, Joyce Gardner Lee, Barbara Wood, and Jerrie Howard. Beverly Mainville of the garden club created many of the accessories and donated plants for the gardens but could not attend.
“Fairy Garden Creation” is a project that the garden club provides to area children at least once a year in cooperation with the library as part of their community service. The club hopes to interest young people early to the joys of gardening.
Jerrie Howard is a city councilwoman in Point Pleasant and former educator.