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Lewis Garden Fair a new Woodstock tradition


by: RITA A. LEONARD - Lewis student teacher Ariel Harris (left) at the Bake Sale waits on Alex (age 1), Matt, and Genevieve, at the Lewis Elementary School Garden Fair.The Lewis Elementary School fundraising Garden Fair this year was a delight, under sunny skies.

Plants zoomed off the tables all day long, with proceeds earmarked to support the school's Learning Garden. Shoppers enjoyed live music and outdoor picnic seating, along with an indoor Bake Sale, face painting, and an Arts Market. The Eastmoreland Garden Club had a tent-full of sale plants, and other booths advertised dahlia tubers, and the Woodstock Farmer's Market, which opened June 2. Teachers and friends provided live music, local artisans sold crafts and books, and an “I Spy in the Garden” game was set up for kids in the afternoon. Visitors toured the school’s vigorous Learning Garden, admiring the well-labeled beds, greenhouse output, wind and weather studies, and native species plantings.

A host of edible plant seedlings and sunflower starts grown by students sold out quickly. Portland Nursery donated plants, and others came from the Lewis School community. Seeds were donated by 7 Dees Nursery, Homestead Supply, and Birds & Bees, while Naomi’s Organic Farm Supply, New Seasons Market, and Wallace Books offered gift certificates. Garden Coordinator Kathleen Witter commented to THE BEE, “It took a core group of ten committee chairs planning for three months to organize this event, but it was a great day.”

The land on which Lewis School is built was originally an orchard. Pioneer orchardists would no doubt be pleased to see what has become of their original vision.