Halloween is scarecrow making time and I had the opportunity to create one with some friends and enter into Ladew Gardens ‘Garden Glow’. Our Monkton Garden Club had unlimited space to work with, but we had to make sure it looked good both in the daytime and nighttime.
Lighting was accomplished with many strings of tiny white fairy lights on a timer that you can set to go on for 6 hours and off for 18-perfect timing for the evening!
My first stop was to gather gardening clothing. Salvation Army was the mother lode source for a plaid shirt, denim coveralls, and green gardening boots. While there, I noticed the all body romper suits for infants and snatched one of those up for the baby scarecrow. Gardening gloves for the mommy scarecrow completed her getup and fake pumpkins for the baby and mommy heads finished it off. The Styrofoam fake pumpkins are light weight and easy to impale on a stake for the head.
For stuffing, we used light weight plastic grocery bags and bubble wrap instead of straw to keep it from soaking up any rain.
The scarecrow was put together at my house and then we transported it to Ladew to set up the whole vignette. A trellis, pumpkins, crates, snake gourd, flower arrangement, butterfly lights, shovel, and a watering can completed the garden lady scene. My friend Darlene, carved 2 awesome jack-o-lanterns that were set up at the base of the hay bale.
Scarecrows are fun to create from found materials in all shapes, sizes, and materials! Fabricated from a left over metal trash can and dryer vent pipe, and sheet metal findings from a house installation, my scarecrow was a fixture in my garden. When a recent blog posting of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society announcing a scarecrow contest hit my computer, I was all over it! I gussied up my 5-year-old scarecrow a little, adding a blue watering can, and pulled a wiry red wig out of the trash can (my daughter is into costuming), and added their insignia (PHS harvest festival) to the front of my scarecrow. She was ready for primetime and I clicked a few ‘posed’ pictures of her. A week later, I received word that my ‘garden goddess’ won the contest and was happy for her!
If you ever get a chance to go the family friendly PHS Harvest Festival held every fall, the event is fantastic. I have judged the veggie displays in the past and the displays have been over the top with the varieties and colors. Their blog is http://phsblog.org/2012/10/02/contest-winners-celebrated-at-the-phs-fall-garden-festival/ On the PHS blog, you can see pictures of the competition of “Garden Giants”, larger than life vegetables, and “Garden Bounty”, showcasing generous displays from local gardens.
The PHS is a great organization that puts on the incredible Philadelphia Flower Show every spring, that if you have never been, will knock your socks off. If you want more information about this wonderful society, go to http://phsonline.org/events to check out their list of event and happenings.
The basket below is from my recently judged fair closer to home at the Hereford Farm Fair. This fair is for entries from people 18 and under. Quite impressive!