Fun will be sprouting up on Sunday 3 November with the annual Scarecrow Festival. The public is encouraged to come and vote for their favourite scarecrow during the family fun day in the Kitchen Garden.
Hosted by the Friends of Hamilton Gardens, the Scarecrow Festival is the culmination of months of work by local children, families, school groups, and community organisations. Their handmade scarecrow creations will be showcased among the vegetables in the Kitchen Garden, part of Hamilton Gardens’ Productive Garden Collection.
With activities in the Kitchen Garden from 11am, prize-giving will be held at 2.30pm with the winning scarecrows decided by public vote on the day.
“We’ve been doing this for 11 years now and each time it’s such a great day,” says Cate Shepherd from Friends of Hamilton Gardens, “There’s lots going on with a sausage sizzle, face painting, seed planting, and a fundraising raffle. People love to come along, take a look, and pick a favourite.”
“We’ve heard that some local groups have been very busy working on their creations. The Dementia Waikato art group placed second last year and they’ll be back with something imaginative again in the new “grown ups” category!”
The scarecrows will be available for public viewing in the Kitchen Garden for a week following the Scarecrow Festival.
“The event aims to increase the awareness of Hamilton Gardens’ productive garden collection: the Kitchen Garden, Herb Garden, Sustainable Backyard, and Te Parapara,” says Hamilton Gardens business development manager Tamsin Webb.
“These gardens can inspire visitors in very practical ways so we’re looking forward to seeing the community get hands-on and creative.”
Entries are still open and scarecrows can be delivered to Hamilton Gardens on Friday 1 or Saturday 2 November 2019. An entry form must be attached to identify your scarecrow for judging.