Wings. These were the first things people noticed when driving along Scott Boulevard on Saturday, Oct. 1. The wings created a trail of breadcrumbs to the main event, Fairies in the Garden.
“We were thrilled [when we heard about Fairies in the Garden],” said Bridget Vaughn, a parent and first time attendee. “I have a little girl and she loves anything and everything fairy.”
From 2:30 p.m to 4 p.m, kids could live out their dreams of being a fairy. Activities included a grand-summoning of the fairies, a story time with a Little Shop of Stories employee, and the ever popular Fairy Parade.
Kate Baltzell, executive director for Woodlands Gardens, knows that Fairies in the Garden is unique.
“It’s out in nature, we aren’t in a man-made structure or a shopping center,” she said. “Just to have a dozen fairy homes made out of rocks and nature, it’s touching to have such a positive response. “
Fairies in the Garden also is a great way to promote the gardens.
“It’s a fun way to attract an audience Woodlands might not see otherwise,” Baltzell said.
There were also fairy houses that Skyland Trail, a therapy center, created.
“At first I was like, ‘Really?’ because fairies and gardens and therapy don’t seem to go together,” Jenny Milkkey, a Skyland Trail patient, said. “But [building the fairy houses] turned out to be a really healing process.”
Children spent hours looking for the fairy houses and Woodlands Garden appreciated the work that went into them.
“I think it’s a great process because they can do something in therapy that benefits the community,” Baltzell said.
This was Woodlands Garden’s 6th Fairies in the Garden.