- 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6pm.
- Bowman Library
- 871 Tasker Rd, Stephens City, Virginia 22655
Register through the library’s event calendar at https://www.handleyregional.org/events/.
Scheduled topics include:
Jan 8 – Fairy Gardens with Tricia Boyd
We will create dish/fairy gardens for children. They will be able to create with colorful stones, plants, and gourds, and bring home their creation of a small plant scape.
Feb 12 – Plants Need Friends, Too! with Bob Gail
It takes more than good soil, sun and nutrients to ensure success in your garden. Plants have to grow well with one another.
March 11 – Sweet Peas with Mary Turner
Sweet peas, a favorite cut flower in Europe and America for hundreds of years, are this month’s subject. Students will learn essential steps of germination as well as options for trellising the plants. All students will take home a potted seedling as well as additional seeds.
April 8 – Secret Garden 1 with Rose Fairman
Kids will be able to make small outdoor houses and secret spots for all the fairies and gnomes that live in the library garden. We will use natural materials that will attract these little people. This class will be step one in creating the Secret Garden at the library where we will display the tiny village and garden. Come to the next class to put it outside and add the finishing touches.
May 13 – Secret Garden 2 with Lynn Hoffmann
Our outdoor fairy structures and garden will be put outside at the library for all to see. We will make a fairy town and garden area and add to the creations we made in April. Even if you couldn’t make the first class all are welcome to come help put it all together.
June 10 – Chickens in my Garden with Jessica Priest-Cahill
Chickens in the garden! Chickens in the coop, OH my! What can you do with your feathered friends in the garden? It will be a fun class for kids of all ages.
July 8 – KABOOM flowers with Tricia Boyd
Use nature as the paint brush to create a Fourth of July creation!
Aug 12 – Flower Journal with Ginny Smith
Kids will be able to create a flower journal that they will decorate with pictures, ribbons, flowers and more. Use this for all you gardening notes or special things you want to keep.
Sep 9 – Sensory Gardens with Helen Lake
Kids will be shown how to use all the senses they have and discover the many aspects of plants. They will be able to smell and touch all different types of plants and be given a taste of herbs that are used in cooking.
Oct 14 – Garden Tricks or Treats with Catherine Andriola
Learn how to make a witch or goblin from garden gourds. You will be able to decorate and take home your spooky creation in time for Halloween.
Nov. 11 – Feed the Bird with Kathi Bostelman
We will be making suet for the birds. The suet will be packed into unusual containers such as half orange cups and cookie cutters. A hanger will be attached to the container to make an attractive outdoor ornament to hang from a tree or bush or even a balcony.