Fall Faire 2018
The UC Napa Gardeners of Napa County’s Fall Faire promises to be a lively all ages event with over 20 various educational exhibits. These include a computer-aided microscope with video set up to view some very small creatures in pond water, a table on how to read pesticide labels, cut flower growing and arranging, natural dyes, identifying native oaks by playing a card game, free seed samples, herb bouquets, birdhouses made from gourds, good bugs-bad bugs, worm composting, firewise plants and landscaping, carnivorous plants, growing mushrooms and others.
The crowd will enjoy live music as the popular local group “Not Dead Yet” plays while they explore the fair. In between sets, local historian Rebecca Yerger will give us a good scare with some Halloween ghost stories.
Community partners and agencies that have agreed to take part in the Fall Faire are the Native Plant Society, Napa-Solano Audubon Society, Natural Resources Conservation District, and Connolly Ranch who will bring some of their farmyard friends.
Unique to the fair is our talking carnivorous plant (recall Audrey from the movie “Little Shop of Horrors.”) Our plant has turned vegetarian, however, and accepts leafy greens in the form of paper money donations to the master gardener program. She might give you a little belch after feeding her before she returns to her demand of “FEED ME.”
A tangible “Just for Fun” aspect will be a big part of the fair. A games area will host group games and activities, and a display of giant pumpkins 4H members have grown will be on display - if transportation can be arranged to tote the giants to the fair. Decorations including a giant cornucopia will be adorned with a bounty of pumpkins and gourds.
A host of scarecrows made by creative master gardeners will line up for a light-hearted best scarecrow contest, to be judged by fair attendees.
Fall Faire Exhibit and Fun Events
Microscope: See into the hidden world of a drop of local pond water.
“You squeeze the eyedropper, and a drop of pond water drips out onto the microscope stage. You look at the projected image. The drop is full of life - strange beings swimming, crawling, tumbling; high dramas of pursuit and escape, triumph and tragedy. This is a world populated by beings far more exotic than in any science fiction movie...” Carl Sagan
4-H Pumpkins: Get up close and personal with giant pumpkins grown by local 4-H farmers.
Fire-wise Plants/Landscaping: It’s been another destructive wild fire season. Get some expert advice to help minimize risk to your property and fire resistant plant ideas for your landscape.
Gourd Birdhouses: Make your own gourd birdhouse to take home with you, a delight for young and old.
Identify Native Oaks: They’re all around us, but which is which? Learn about native oaks and play the Oak ID game.
Pesticide Labels: Warning! Danger! Learn how to categorize pesticides from the language on the label so you can choose the right one for your application.
Seasonal Critters: What’s bugging you today? Learn about the tiny critters that are appearing right now in the Valley.
Natural Dyes: Your garden holds the key ingredients for colorful fashion. Learn what plants can be grown to produce natural dyes and make a flower print on a small bag to take home with you.
Herb Bouquets: Brighten a dull kitchen or add color and inviting scent to a holiday table with a herb bouquet. Learn how easy it is to grow herbs in your own garden and leave with a sample.
Tool Care: “Clean and sharpen all your tools. These are Master Gardener rules.” Learn the ins and outs of garden tool maintenance.
Fall Flower Bulbs: What are the right bulbs to plant in fall to have color in the spring and how should they be planted? Get the answers from our experts.
Good Bugs/Bad Bugs: Garden friend or foe? Learning the difference is a great experience for young and old alike.
Carnivorous Plants: Stop by and maybe you’ll meet Audrey! Get a glimpse into a world where plants eat the animals.
Mushrooms: Learn something about that fleshy fungus fruit that is the mushroom, along with the lowdown on growing your own with a mushroom kit.
Flower Arranging: Get some tips on the art of making a beautiful flower arrangement along with advice on how to choose the “ingredients.”
Fall is for Planting: The right plant, in the right place, at the right time... join us to gain some insights why fall is the best time to plant.
Plant some Garlic: Time to get the garlic in the ground and learn some of the secrets of planting a successful vegetable garden.
Freezing and Dehydrating: These are both methods of preserving your harvest. Store a bright burst of summer flavor for a cold, gray winter day. Get some ideas for snacks and pantry staples.
California Native Plant Society: Come talk to the folks who are restoring nature one garden at a time by supporting and encouraging the use of California native plants throughout our public and private landscapes. Get to know some of the reasons native plants are a great idea in your garden.
Audubon Society: 2018 is the Year of the Bird. Come talk to folks from our local Audubon chapter and learn how to help birds by including shelter, food and water in your landscape. Gardening to encourage birds just makes good sense.
NCRCD, acorns: Napa County Resource Conservation District will be on hand to discuss Acorns to Oaks Volunteer Day on November 18. The NCRCD is a “grass-roots” organization dedicated to implementing projects on public and private lands and educating landowners and the public about resource conservation on a voluntary basis.
Farmers Guild: TBA
Games Area: TBA