Saturday, August 1, 2015

Six weeks and $300 looks pretty good

The folks at Camden Children's Garden are nothing if not inventive. They've had to be, what with funding cuts and assorted other issues. They weren't in the show last year, but this year - six short weeks ago - CCG founder Mike Devlin says he got a call from PHS. Can you get an exhibit together? Someone had dropped out.

Six weeks and $300 looks pretty good

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The folks at Camden Children's Garden are nothing if not inventive. They've had to be, what with funding cuts and assorted other issues. They weren't in the show last year, but this year - six short weeks ago - CCG founder Mike Devlin says he got a call from PHS. Can you get an exhibit together? Someone had dropped out.

Mike and crew repurposed the garden's metal butterfly and ladybug, bought some pineapples and oranges, and PHS bought the rest. "We cobbled it together," Mike says, though you wouldn't guess. It's a fun exhibit with a willow-branch tunnel. I crawled through it yesterday with Mike, and we stuck our faces through the holes in the butterfly wings so a volunteer could take the picture. Jane Pepper had been there the day before and was game enough to pose, so we followed suit.

Glad I didn't have to actually crawl in - it was hard enough to walk bending over - or I'd be in there still. Kids were having no such problems. Stop by and say hi. CCG is in Hall B, the row next to the Marketplace. You'll see what $300 and six weeks can look like in a pinch.

Inquirer Staff Writer
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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

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