By Judy Funderburk, Certified Master Gardener
AUTUMNFEST! The word brings to the mind’s eye pumpkins of every size and color, Indian corn, colored leaves, a freshness in the air.
AutumnFest, celebrated Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, was a festive day replete with pumpkins, Indian corn and other plants for sale, free crafts, tastes of sweet and savory herbal food and drink, plus the visual delight of a well-cared-for garden in full, fall bloom.
An outdoor family day, kids and adults made herbal sachets to take home, had their faces or arms painted with a flower, insect or even a Batman logo, tasted lemongrass ginger tea or a chocolate mint brownie, and interacted with snakes and turtles from the Nature Center. Visitors consulted with Master Gardeners as they decided on plants to purchase, and learned which are good for pollinators, for shade, for a dry spot or a patio. Rhonda Stevenson of Country Gardens Nursery in Toms Brook, Va., brought her locally grown perennials, herbs, shrubs, small trees, plus pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn, just in time for fall planting and decorating.
Guests were encouraged to taste and smell a variety of herbs growing in the Library Garden and to take home samples and information. Herbs were also baked into homemade breads, mixed into dips or spreads and infused into teas for more sampling with recipes to take home. Master Gardeners taught mini-workshops on such topics as “tips and tricks for happily hydrated plants,” “gardening for wildlife” and “how to engage children in gardening fun.”
Consider our pictures of the fun-filled day our invitation to join us next September at AutumnFest for gardening information and relaxation in a beautiful garden setting!
Look for our AutumnFest flyer on the Master Gardener Website (mgnv.org) or Facebook page. Follow us throughout the year by liking us on the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden Facebook page.