Carving out weekend activities

by Shannon Rae Gentry
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Supplied photos courtesy of Poplar Grove Plantation 

Poplar Grove Plantation will hold its 21st annual Herb and Garden Fair on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24.

New to this year’s Poplar Grove Herb and Garden Fair will be Sunday’s 5k Fun Run and Walk around the Abbey Nature Preserve starting at 8 a.m. Though the race has a separate registration fee of $30, admission for the fair includes all classes and activities for both days, and participants may enter to win free drawings throughout the weekend.

BJ Ryan, the cultural arts and special events coordinator at Poplar Grove Plantation, said on Wednesday, March 13 that the Herb and Garden Fair has become one of its biggest fundraisers of the year that supports its ongoing programs.

“The proceeds go to benefit the Poplar Grove Plantation and our mission of preservation and educational programs for the schools,” she said. “It also helps us continue our events that we like to do for the community.”

With 80 or more vendors selling countless plants, including annuals, perennials, shrubs, native plants, vegetable starts and other types of plant material, the fair will also have a wide range of local food, jewelry, paintings, pet and farming products. 

However, Ryan said the benefit is in many classes and activities offered throughout the weekend.

“Part of the admission fee includes going to any of these classes,” she said. “And they are really fantastic teachers from our area and there’s a lot you can learn about … We usually have room for everyone who wants to come to them.”

Ryan said she anticipates a lot interest in the “Backyard Chickens” introduction class. “It’s such a big thing right now, with everyone wanting raise their own chickens and have fresh eggs,” she said. 

Also new to the special activities taking place during the event will be WorkArts chainsaw sculptor Jeff Lee demonstrating his chainsaw art technique two or three times throughout each day. Lee will also be selling his sculptures.

Lee, a resident of Seven Springs, has been to the area before, attending the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla in Wrightsville Beach for about the last decade. He said that folks at Poplar Grove can expect a flamboyance of flamingos or business of ferrets, with a few other coastal themes, including his signature “six and a half-minute pelican.”

“One time at a festival in Holden Beach a guy asked me how long it’d take me and I asked him if he had a stopwatch. So, I did a pelican in six and half minutes,” Lee said.

Lee said that his interest in wood art dates way back, but he realized he had a certain need for speed later on in his work. “I used to like to try to carve, but it took so long to do it with knives and chisels,” Lee said. “Then I found out using a chainsaw cuts the patience right out of it.”

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