Garden Faire



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 Garden Faire
Sunday, May 3, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Virtual activities are posted below!

Fort Hunter Park
5300 N. Front Street | Harrisburg, PA 17110
 This is a free-admission event with a Victorian accent.  Browse through the plant sale & craft show and enjoy displays, relax over tasty food at the Cafe and take in the art show and sale. Garden chats and children's activities are offered, as well as the cakewalks to live music. Fee for Mansion tour and needlepoint exhibit.  Craft vendors can download the application for our 2020 event here

 The event includes:
Craft and Garden Vendors |  Blooming Plants |
Delicious Lunch at the Elegant Tavern Cafe’ | Victorian Dancing  | Croquet | Music & Cake Walks | Ikebana & Bonsai Exhibits | Hands-on Children’s Activities | Guided Walks | Native Plants and Pollinators | Maypole Dance| Farm Show Milkshakes and Much More!


Virtual Activities

IMG_7269Activity #1 - Ladybugs vs. Bees Tic Tac Toe
This is an easy activity that is both a craft project and just good ole' family fun! 
Materials needed:
10 flat rocks
Black, Red, and Yellow Paint 
Slab of wood 

1.) Take the slab of wood and paint a tic tac toe board on it.
2.) Take five rocks and paint like ladybugs. 
3.) Take five rocks and paint like bees.
4.) Allow rocks and wood to completely dry.

Rules of the game:
1.) Pick the bees or the ladybugs as your marker.
2.) The first player to get 3 of their marks (up, down, across, or diagonally) is the winner.
3.) When all 9 squares are full, the game is over.

Handcrafted with LoveActivity #2 - Shop Local
Need a present for Mom on Mother's Day? Want to get some native gardens planted this Spring? Check out the vendors below who were supposed to join us at this year's Garden Faire and support small businesses!
Bubble Palooza - Mount Joy, PA
Cards by Jessi - Muir, PA
Custom Designs by Claudia - Williamsport, PA
Divine Endeavors - Orwigsburg, PA
Glass Caverns Studio - Harrisburg, PA
Hungry Hook Farm - Bainbridge, PA
Leaf on the Wind - York Haven, PA
Mad Strings - Harrisburg, PA
Mountain Ridge Farm - Lewisberry, PA
Nicole Herbert Studio - Harrisburg, PA
Pams Beaded Treasure
 - McClure, PA
Monica McNelis Glass Art - Harrisburg, PA
Smoky Oak Candle Company - Camp Hill, PA

Sping mansionActivity #3 - Historic Walking Tour
Have you ever wondered what all of the buildings at Fort Hunter Park were for? Take a walking history tour of Fort Hunter Park and learn about our rich history!

Walking Tour Brochure

Activity #4 - Fort Hunter Victorian Word Search
Take a step back in time and find Victorian words related to life at the Fort Hunter Mansion. If you don't know the word, do some research to learn more!

Word Search | Word Search Answers

lilacActivity #5 - What's Blooming at Fort Hunter Park?
Take a walk through Fort Hunter and see if you can locate and identify these plants. Click on the links below to download and print the documents.

Garden FaireActivity #6 - WWVD: What Would Victorians Do?
The Victorian Dance Ensemble, the performing troupe of the Civil War Dance Foundation, is a group of living historians who share a love of the grace and beauty of mid-nineteenth century dancing.  They are dedicated to promoting and advancing preservation, educational, cultural, commemorative, and performing arts programs. Each year at Garden Faire, we feature this incredible group to educate our guests on what life looked like in the mid-1800s. From formal dances to hands-on demonstrations, guests can experience a bit of the past. Click on the link below to learn some of the dances that the organization usually teaches. In this video, the Victorian Dance Ensemble demonstrates several short versions of Civil War Era dances. 

Introduction to Victorian Dance

beeActivity #7 - Bees and Pollinator Gardens
Donna, a volunteer with the Friends of Fort Hunter and a Penn State Extension Master Gardener (Dauphin County), takes us on a trip to her apiary. An apiary is a collection of beehives. Bees are pollinators and are critical for pollinating plants that produce a wide variety of foods such as apples, blueberries, tomatoes, almonds, apricots, and more. Pollinators are responsible for almost 1/3 of the foods we eat every day. Various wildflowers also depend on bees for pollination.

Take a trip with us to Donna's apiary to see what happens when a group of bees gather on a tree and then are shaken into a new hive.

Video links: Bees in a Tree | Swarming Bees | Establishing a New Colony

Download our Pollinator Plant Guide so that you can turn your garden into one that is beneficial and good for bee life and health. These plants are available at your local nursery store. Additional information on how to make your garden pollinator-friendly can be found here

Activity #8 - Make a Whirligig!whirlygig-131
What's a whirligig?! A whirligig is an object that spins or whirls. This could be a pinwheel, a piece of metal art, a weather vane, or something as simple as the one we are going to make. While the origin of the whirligig is unknown, they were known to be used by children as a toy in both the Victorian era and today. Even Native American kids made a version of this toy.

How to make a whirligig:

• String or twine
• A scrap of heavy recycled cardboard
• Gluestick
• Scissors
• Kitchen skewer or toothpick
• Our printable whirlygig pattern template

1. Print out your templates and choose which two patterns you’d like to use best or have the kids design their own following our pattern.
2. Cut out the pattern.
3. Glue one pattern onto your recycled cardboard scrap, cut around it with the scissors, and then glue the second pattern onto the reverse.
4. With the kitchen skewer or toothpick, poke two small holes in the middle of the design, about ½ inch apart. Make the holes large enough for the string or twine to go through.
5. Cut the string or twine about 36 inches long.  Thread the string through the holes.  Tie the ends of the string together in a knot once done.

 That’s all! Now just twirl and whirl.

Fort Hunter Mansion Logo

Activity #9 - Fort Hunter Trivia
Test your knowledge with some Fort Hunter Trivia. Just download the quiz here!

Fairy GardenActivity #10 - Make Your Own Fairy Garden
Here's another fun family project to get your hands dirty!

Pie pan or container
Potting soil
Grass seed
Bean Seeds or Flower Seeds
Miniature found objects – pebbles, old miniature toys, sticks, shells, feathers, seeds, sand, moss, wings

1. Place potting soil in the pan or container.
2. Place objects on soil.
3. Sprinkle grass seed around objects. 
4. Plant 3 - 4 single flower or bean seeds.
5. Lightly water and place in a sunny windowsill or porch.
6. Keep soil moist.

Watch your garden grow!