July 8, 2013. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Daniel Boone Native Gardens will host “Fairy Day at the Gardens” on Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The free event features activities for children and families. Participants are encouraged to wear fairy costumes and bring a picnic to the gardens.
The Children’s Council will offer a chance for children and parents to create fairy gardens or fairy houses from natural materials suh as moss, pine cones, rocks and sticks. These miniature landscapes are home to “fairies”.
Volunteers from The Children’s Playhouse of Boone will offer the materials for making fairy “bait” and volunteers from the Watauga County Public Library will help the children create fairy wands.
The Incredible Toy Company will provide bubbles and bubble wands for use during the event as well as offer for sale a selection of low-priced fairy items and accessories. Face painting (for a nominal fee per face) will be created by Blue Morpho Faces by Sahasa. Balloon twisting by Jason Mowery is available for donations.
Earth Fare, the Healthy Supermarket, will offer bottled water and a game with fruit prizes.
The Gardens were recently awarded tax exempt status as a 501(c) 3 organization, DBNG Chair Rebecca Zaenzig said, “see our new garden displays with more than 200 native plant species. Thanks to our Friends of the Gardens, we’re hosting lots of programs this summer including our special 50th Anniversary celebration which is free on Sunday, July 21 from 2-4 p.m.
Opened in 1963, the mission of the gardens is to protect and conserve NC native plants in addition to educating visitors about native plants of North Carolina. The gardens focus on wildflowers, ferns and trees. The Daniel Boone Native Gardens are located at 651 Horn in the West Drive in Boone and open from May to October. Suggested donation is $2 for adults and free for children under 16.