The fairies return to Bullington Gardens on Wednesday, June 1, for another magical summer in Hendersonville. The Fairy Trail is open every Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All are invited to stroll the Fairy Trail to explore the fun and fantasy of the Fairy Village.
Along the Fairy Trail, which extends about 300 yards, are many tiny doors that can be gently opened and closed to reveal fairy life scenes. A few of the new installations this year are the Tooth Fairy, a unicorn stable, and a photo opportunity featuring Fairy Wings. In an effort to foster literacy, there are poem stands, each with a scene based on the accompanying poem.
The first Fairy Market is on Saturday, June 11, , 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., featuring face painting, Zen tangle art classes and a gnome scavenger hunt. Handmade crafts, crowns, wands and wings will be available for purchase.
Interactive Sponsorship Doors intrigue our Fairy Trail travelers. Wild Birds Unlimited, a Sorcerer level sponsor, offers a fairy door combining their love of birds with Bullington’s mission to educate. Doors provided by Wizard level sponsors Raymond’s Garden Center, Crystal Vision, Priscilla and Jerry Glascow, and Suzanne Wodek have messages tucked inside to be discovered. Enchanted Pixie sponsors include Betty Lockwood, Paula Delorenzo, Bonnie Mangold and Honeycutt’s Flowers.
The Woodland Gazette, a newsletter containing stories, puzzles and fairy-related activities, is available when visitors check in at the Trail’s welcome tent. Entry to the Trail is coordinated, and groups are sent through the trail in ten-minute intervals. Sometimes there is a wait, but the gardens offer many beautiful areas to explore.
All the creations on the Fairy Trail have been handcrafted by Bullington Gardens’ volunteers, often using materials found right on the grounds. Families will be inspired to create their own fairy gardens at home.
The fairies live at Bullington Gardens until Wednesday, August 31, then will magically disappear. Last year, over 7,800 visitors walked the Fairy Trail, and this year it is expected to be even more popular so don’t miss this special summer treat.
The Fairy Trail is free and open to the public. As a non-profit organization, all donations are greatly appreciated.
Bullington Gardens, a non-profit horticultural education center and public botanical garden, strives to connect children and adults with nature through science-based horticultural education; demonstrates the beauty and value of native and ornamental plants through themed public gardens; and enhances life skills for those with physical or mental challenges through horticultural therapy.
For more information, visit bullingtongardens.org or call 828-698-6104.
Bullington Gardens ● 95 Upper Red Oak Trail ● Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-698-6104 ● www.bullingtongardens.org