Fairy Gardens and Terrariums are very popular today, so there are now classes in these categories for both adults and youth (under 10 and 10 to 17) at the upcoming South Mountain Fair, set for July 30 to Aug 3, near Arendtsville.

Fairy Gardens generally are low-sided containers of tiny plants and tiny accessories. Fairy Garden container maximum size is limited to 12” by 18” or 18” in diameter with any plant or accessory height limited to 6” maximum. No artificial plants are allowed in either Fairy Gardens or Terrariums.

Terrariums are miniature landscapes in a transparent container such as a fish bowl or glass jar. Container size for terrariums is limited to 14” maximum. All plants should have similar growing conditions. Terrariums may include one or more natural accessories (rocks, wood, but no toys) to complete the landscape. A cover is optional.

Department 17 is made up of other divisions for both youth and adults. These are specimen cut flowers, arboreal cut leafy stems of shrubs and trees, houseplants, herbs, and artistic floral arrangements. The artistic division provides a place for you to share your talent arranging floral designs with dried or fresh plant material.

Your gardening efforts will be judged and on display for all Fair attendees to see. As such, your plants and flowers should be in good condition and well groomed. This means that all dead leaves and spent flowers should be removed. There should be no sign of insect damage or disease present. It isn’t always the largest flower that wins the ribbon, but the most perfect. Condition and form mean more than size to the judges.

Everyone can enter and compete for the top horticultural and monetary prize, the prestigious Thomas Piper Award.

Prize money also rewards first, second and third place exhibit winners.

Refer to the Premium Book for the specific entry details of each class. The Premium Book is available online at southmountainfair.com, in paper form at many farm markets and at the Agricultural Extension Office. It lists all the various classes and requirements for entering. Carefully read the directions which specify entry number and plant size and type. The other department where you can enter your gardening talents is the Vegetable Department 12.

Register in-person on Sunday, July 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. and Monday, July 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. An exhibitor can do both pre-registration online and on-site registration at the fairgrounds. Pre-registration online is available, but not mandatory.

In addition to entering specimen cut flowers, potted plants and floral arrangements, you can also enter homegrown vegetables, baked goods, canned fruits and vegetables, jellies and jams, needlework, clothing, quilts, crafts and photography for judging at the Fair.

Plan now to enter. Have a fun summer creating something for the Fair. Be sure to attend to see all of the exhibits and experience the fun of the 97th South Mountain Fair.

Connie Holland, South Mountain Fair Floral Department 17 Chair, is a Penn State Master Gardener from Adams County. Penn State Cooperative Extension of Adams County is located at 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Suite 204, Gettysburg, phone 717-334-6271.

GARDEN CHATS

Adams County Master Gardeners will be holding garden chats on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. on July 17, Aug. 21 and Sept. 18, in the Trial Garden area at the Agricultural and Natural Resource Center, 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg. Chats last about an hour. No registration is required.

GOT A GARDENING QUESTION?

The Penn State Master Gardeners may be able to help. Our Hotline is open April through September on Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 717-334-6271 or bring your samples for diagnosis to Penn State Cooperative Extension of Adams County, 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg.

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Visit us on Facebook at Penn State Master Gardeners in Adams County for our recently-implemented weekly Master Gardeners’ Monday Videos. Timely and relevant topics will be discussed on a weekly basis keeping readers up-to-date on current horticultural issues.

Connie Holland, South Mountain Fair Floral Department 17 Chair, is a Penn State Master Gardener from Adams County. Penn State Cooperative Extension of Adams County is located at 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Suite 204, Gettysburg, phone 717-334-6271.

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