Fairies in the Garden

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)

Article Published: Jul. 11, 2013 | Modified: Jul. 14, 2013

Fairy Day at Daniel Boone Native Gardens is an opportunity for young and old to relive childhood mystique and reverie of the secret world of the unseen.

A day of fairy exploration and education kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at the gardens.

“I think everyone sort of believes in fairies,” Daniel Boone Native Gardens volunteer Rebecca Kaenzig said. “You never see one, but you sort of think they are there. When you talk about fairies, it’s sort of funny how people remember things from when they are kids. Like when you would see a little circle in the grass or a hole in the way, someone would always say, ‘Oh that must be from the fairy.’”

The idea for the day of fairies came to Kaenzig while thumbing through a Charlotte newspaper.

“I saw something about one of the gardens having a fairy day,” she said. “Then, I saw all of this cool stuff online about fairies. We’ve wanted to do something … to get more people into the gardens, and this seemed like the perfect way to offer that opportunity. It’s sort of funny, because we have more partners on this than anything else we have done.”

Volunteers from Watauga County Public Library will bring materials to make wands, and The Children’s Playhouse will provide homemade Play-Doh to concoct fairy bait to prove once and for all that fairies do exist.

Kids, as well as adults, are encouraged to lend a hand constructing fairy gardens and houses.
Kaenzig hopes event organizers can capitalize on nearby foot traffic from other popular events in the community.

“We are thinking that people who are already coming to the farmers’ market might head down to the gardens,” she said. “We are not charging anyone to come. We are encouraging families to bring picnic blankets, and, hopefully, we’ll have a pretty day. We are just hoping families can find something they can do together.”

The gardens are located at 651 Horn in the West Drive in Boone. For more information or to volunteer at Fairy Day, call Kaenzig at (828) 264-1440.

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