The Hydrangea Festival is back and better than ever !! This year is the 75th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz movie and the Ruby Slippers Hydrangea was an appropriate flower to represent in this 7th year of the Hydrangea Festival. Throughout this Hydrangea Festival there were Wizard of Oz themes sightings everywhere. In the early summer the Ruby Slippers (Hydrangea quercifolia) is covered with clusters of flowers on stem that are held upright above the foliage. The flowers open up in a white color but then quickly turn pale pink and then deepen to rose.
The first place I stop at the festival was the Miniature Gardens Displayed in Wheelbarrow at the Old Douglas County Courthouse’s Museum of History. The Wizard of Oz theme was everywhere including the Mini Garden Wheelbarrows. Click here to see the displays.
The second place I stop was the for the Flower Market and Artists Market. When I went into the Douglas County Courthouse I was greeted by the Cowardly Loin that was created by Sherry Beggs. Sherry is a local artist and Douglas County Master Gardener. Sherry is such a creative person that she made the Cowardly Loin out of a plastic bottle jug, aluminum foil, masking tape, self-hardening clay and acrylics. Small dried white flowers were used around the mouth and dried hydrangeas were hot glued for the mane. Most of the plant material was from Sherry’s own garden and as you can see the loin is holding the famous “Ruby Slipper”. I also had a chance to see the results of the 2013 Standard Flower Show and the other 500 horticultural entries. I also had a chance to see the table design competition and the artistic crafts in the Court house. Click here to see the displays.
So many things to see during this festival! Next week, I will discuss about the other special gardens and art work that I saw at the Hydrangea Festival !