05/27/2014 12:00AM ● Published by Brandi Barnett
Photos: Betsy Erickson
The members of the Shasta Lake Garden Project understand the benefits of developing a sanctuary where you live. Through fundraising projects and collaborations, the small club has completed a number of impressive civic projects in Shasta Lake over the years, including the Shasta Dam Workers Garden, the Community Memorial Garden, landscaping at Shasta Lake City Hall and several more.
Long known for its annual English garden tour that annually attracted hundreds, the club’s main endeavor these days is its Country Garden Faire. This year’s event, which takes place from 9 am to 4 pm Sunday, June 1, at Clair Engle Park in Shasta Lake, features dozens of vendors, nurseries, garden art treasures, seed specialists, pottery, food, a raffle and more.
The faire will showcase an example of a garden room, provide information on drought-resistant plants and feature informal talks about all things gardens. Proceeds from the event benefit the Central Valley High School Future Farmers of America program. Entry is free.
“It’s gained a reputation for being a really pleasant way to spend the day,” says club secretary Georgia Haddon. “It turns into a type of social event. In a lot of cases, everybody knows everybody. It’s very friendly.”
Garden environments can be deeply satisfying because they reflect personal tastes and celebrate growth and beauty, says Haddon. Gardens often feature items that have been repurposed, such as old plows, water pumps, broken tiles, driftwood, ocean glass and more. Fountains, statues, birdbaths and wind chimes are common accoutrements for many garden spaces. The possibilities for what can be created are only limited by one’s imagination. One of the top priorities — aside from growing wonderful items that can be used in any meal — is creating a space that just feels good to sit, work or walk around in.
“It makes you feel good to see whatever work you put into a garden, you get results,” Haddon says. “You get a sense of accomplishment. We like the end results.”
For more information,