Everywhere you look folks are gearing up for back to school, but summer fun is still going strong at Manda’s Plant Farm in Canal Fulton, Ohio! A few months ago, a single miniature garden or fairy garden class with a few available accessories attended by crafty ladies from nearby Akron, Ohio, Canton, Ohio, and Massillon, Ohio was so popular that it has now blossomed into a series of classes that include casting your very own fairy house out of concrete! There are also plenty of new fairy garden accessories to add to your creation, as well. So, if you’re looking for one more fun summer activity Stark County, Ohio, reserve your place at the next Fairy House class at Manda’s Plant Farm. You can also sign up to participate in the local plant contest to see who can grow the largest “elephant ear”!
Not sure what a fairy house is, exactly? The photo above is a perfect example. Made of concrete, you can place it outdoors for your own garden fairies to take shelter from Akron’s coming cooler temperatures or keep it inside as part of your décor! One of the best things about casting your own fairy house is that no two will ever be exactly the same. Design a miniature cottage complete with a cobblestone-look or a hobbit house hideaway with round doors and windows. At Manda’s Plant Farm, you’ll find everything you need to accessorize your home—fairies, miniature wheelbarrows, cloches, croquet sets, garden balls, fences, and so much more! If you’re adding the house to a miniature garden, don’t forget to take advantage of the miniature conifers, too. You won’t find better fairy garden accessories anywhere in Stark County!
Still can’t quite picture it? Head over to Manda’s Plant Farm’s Facebook page for photos from some of her July classes. They’re sure to inspire you to begin designing your own mini masterpiece. Of course, before you get too carried away, you need to make a reservation! The next two classes will be held on Tuesday, August 21st and Saturday, August 25th. They fill up fast, so gather your Canton area gardening girlfriends and call 330.854.2637 to reserve your spots!
If you need more inspiration, plan a trip out to the nursery. The colorful blossoms of summer flowers and the giant green leaves of the “elephant ears” will have visions of garden fairies dancing in your head in no time. And speaking of the Thailand Giant Colocasia, don’t forget about the local plant contest that’s running through the end of September! If you’re growing one of these incredible tropical plants, join in the challenge to see who can grow the largest leaf! Measurements will be taken on October 1, 2012, and the winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Manda’s Plant Farm. Jill noticed that her leaves are really taking off, and took a few quick measurements just to see how far they’ve come. You can see from the photo that they’re certainly living up to their name—currently measuring 34 inches wide by 35 inches long. Can you even imagine? If not, that’s just one more reason to pay Manda’s Plant Farm a visit. And, if you don’t have a Colocasia gigantea in your yard for this year’s contest, plan ahead for next year. Jill notes that the best time to plant is at the end of May or beginning of June, once the ground has had a chance to warm up a bit. As a tropical plant, the roots won’t appreciate being planted too soon! Of course, planting early isn’t necessarily the key to getting amazing leaves either—she didn’t get hers in the ground until the first of July, and it’s already a giant in its own right. And, if you’re still doing a little planting for this year, pick up some shrubs: they’re 25% off!
So, before you resign yourself to saying goodbye to hot afternoons in your Akron, Ohio garden or prepare to welcome Canton, Ohio cool autumn evenings, work on your award-winning Thailand Giant and spend a few hours with your Massillon, Ohio friends designing a tiny dwelling at a Fairy House class at Manda’s Plant Farm in Canal Fulton, Ohio! Call 330.854.2637 to make your reservation today or find Stark County, Ohio’s favorite place for plants, fairy garden accessories, and local plant contests on Facebook HERE!