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Spring Home & Garden
East Oregonian
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Gardening help available from the masters
OSU Master Gardeners
Program offers classes
through July
East Oregonian
Whether it’s a novice looking to
develop a green thumb or an experi-
enced cultivator seeking a refresher,
Umatilla County residents can
take gardening classes through the
Oregon State University Exten-
sion Service Master Gardeners
Program coordinator Colleen
Sanders said Master Gardeners
will be offering its Seed to Supper
classes on the Umatilla Indian
Reservation and in Pendleton
starting in the spring.
Seed to Supper provides
everything a burgeoning vegetable
gardener needs to get started — an
instructional booklet, seeds, and
lessons on building healthy soil,
planning, planting, garden care and
“It’s more about gardening on a
budget,” Sanders said.
Sanders said the classes are
geared toward beginners, but added
that experienced gardeners who
want to expand their network or
lend their thoughts are welcome to
The Seed to Supper series is
composed of six, two-hour classes
spread out over three months. All
classes are free and drop-in.
Sanders said the cap on each
class is about 15 students, but past
Seed to Supper classes have had
plenty of room.
Although the spring classes are
concentrated in the Pendleton area,
Sanders said Master Gardeners
intends to start offering classes in
Hermiston and Milton-Freewater
later in the year.
The Pendleton class will be held
at Pendleton River Walk garden on
Southwest Byers Avenue, west of
the Round-Up grounds. Classes are
from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will take
place on May 11 and 25, June 8 and
22, July 6 and 20.
The class on the reservation is
at the Yellowhawk Tribal Health
Center and will be held from 5:30
p.m. to 8 p.m., on May 16 and 30,
June 13 and 27, July 11 and 25.
For more information, call the
Master Gardeners at 541-278-5403.
Fairy gardens captivate imaginations of both kids and adults
Associated Press
A set of little wings.
Ceramic fountains. Tiny
versions of ornate cottages
and brick walkways fit for
the English countryside.
These are just some of the
whimsical decorations that
adorn fairy gardens.
When such miniature
decorations are paired with
similarly diminutive plants,
these gardens — aimed
at luring fairies — can
captivate the imaginations
of children and adults alike.
“I think it is in our DNA,”
said Brenda Williams, a
master gardener at Pesche’s
Greenhouse, Floral and
Gifts in Lake Geneva,
For the last four years,
Williams has been teaching
classes to 4H students and
through the University of
education program on how
to create fairy gardens.
We have the itch to
garden, she believes, to
satisfy some lingering part
of our hunter-gatherer past.
“That gene is still very
present in modern people
who no longer need to
garden,” Williams said.
And designing a little fairy
abode turns a garden into “a
living artwork,” she said.
Fairy gardens’ appeal is
similar, perhaps, to that of
Japanese bonsai, the ancient
practice of grooming small
trees inside containers. In
1893, fairy gardens surged
in popularity in the United
States because of the
Japanese Pavilion at the
Chicago World’s Fair.
No two fairy gardens are
the same. Some people use
creative containers, espe-
cially antiques — a wash
tub, bird cages or pickle
“I tell people to imagine
something in your head and
try to recreate it in a pot, or
whatever,” Williams said.
The gardens can be
or with silk plants if
the creator is more of a
“set and forget” type of
plant person, Williams
Often, fairy gardens are
a creative bridge between
Jayme Tortorelli Benko,
a 37-year-old mom from
Denver, saw photos of fairy
gardens online and wanted
to make one for her young
daughter, Alora. In a large
pot, Benko put a ceramic
flower with a resting fairy
(named Nata), some rocks
and an assortment of
potted plants. Creating the
garden was about spending
time together, Benko said,
Victoria Hannley via AP
This undated photo provided by Victoria Hannley shows a fairy garden made by
Hannley, in Tuscon, Ariz. Hannley writes the DIY blog “Dazzled While Frazzled” and
created the fairy garden with objects left over from her daughter’s birthday party
and an empty tin soup can.
Michelle Peebles via AP
Michelle Peebles via AP
In this undated photo, a fairy garden at the home of Michelle Peebles is shown in
Broomfield, Colo. Peebles - along with her two children - made the fairy garden fol-
lowing the death of daughter, Amanda Peebles, 12.
“I tell people to imagine something in
your head and try to recreate it in a pot,
or whatever.”
Brenda Williams
Master gardener at Pesche’s Greenhouse, Floral and Gifts in Lake
Geneva, Wisconsin
adding, “Kids love magic.”
Fairy gardens are also
part of a larger DIY move-
ment. Victoria Hannley,
a 39-year-old mother of
three who runs the DIY
blog “Dazzle While Fraz-
zled,” made her first fairy
garden with items left
over after her daughter’s
birthday party and some
empty soup cans from the
“It makes me think
back to the days when I
had a dollhouse,” Hannley
said. “You’re able to take
everyday stuff you have
and make something with
Yet fairy gardens also
can take on more solemn
meanings. The 15-foot-
wide fairy garden on the
side of Michelle Peebles’
This undated photo shows a fairy garden at Michelle
Peebles’ home in Broomfield, Colo., which has a tiny
fairy house with a walkway. Fairy gardens have be-
come a popular creative outlet for adults and children
with a
her daughter Amanda,
who died at age 12 from
complications from a rare
form of cancer. Peebles,
Colorado, planted the
garden two years ago with
Amanda and her other
“She helped me plant
some snapdragons and she
used to dig for roly polies
(beetles) there,” Peebles
There are still snap-
dragons in the spot, as well
as a little fairy home and
seashell walkway. Aman-
da’s digging tools are still
“It’s just a little peaceful
place, and it’s incorpo-
rated with her little stuff,”
Peebles said.
A warm bath that saves energy —
that’s something we can all smile about.
One free, easy call gets your utility lines
m arked AN D helps protect you from injury
and expense.
Una llam ada gratis y fácil consigue que las
líneas de servicios públicos sean m arcadas Y
ayuda a protegerte de heridas y gastos.
Know w hat's below . Alw ays call 811 before
you dig. Visit call811.com for m ore
inform ation.
Determ ina lo que está bajo tierra. Siem pre
llam a al 811 antes de excavar. Visite
w w w .call811.com para m ás inform ación.
Heat Pump Water Heaters are the most efficient way to heat the water
in your home and can lower hot water costs by up to 50%.
Umatilla Electric offers a rebate to help lower your out of pocket cost.
For more information about
how to apply for a heat pump
water heater rebate go to
umatillaelectric.com or call