Mt. Holly Community Garden gearing up for the holidays
Nov 21, 2019 11:07AM
By Alan Hodge
Cool weather is here and the Mt. Holly Community Garden, 126 N. Main St., is not only full of fall greens galore, its also gearing up for the fifth annual Christmas Enchantment at the Garden event.
A visit to the garden last week with MHCG vice president and board member Erin Denison revealed some recent improvements to the site and plans for the big Christmas event.
“We have been working hard at the garden,” Denison said. “One improvement has been the new retaining wall and entrance at the rear. The wall is planted with native plants and the entrance is designed to give people with mobility issues easier access to the garden. It was done with a grant from the Mt. Holly Community Impact Fund and volunteers from Clariant Corp.”
Another new addition to the garden is a beautiful mural being painted on the side of the tool shed by Stanley artist Boyce McKinney.
“It’s a work in progress,” Denison said. “It should be finished by early spring.”
Several of the 50+ beds at the garden are currently decorated with autumnal scenes including a variety of scarecrows and a Thanksgiving turkey made out of a frying pan. Most of the beds are brimming with cool season crops like collard and mustard greens.
Now for details on the Enchantment at the Garden event. The action will take place December 14 from 4-8pm. Rain or shine. The event has been called the “McAdenville of Gardens” and a huge turnout is expected this year.
“Last year we had 700 people show up despite the rain and snow,” Denison said. “Our facebook page has already had 3,000 people express interest.”
This year there will be 52 decorated garden beds, 1,000 luminaries, free pictures with Santa, live music, food trucks Cibi Cibi, Killer Bees and Catawba Coffee, hot cider and cookies, and much more. Several folks who made lanterns and were in the Mt. Holly Lantern Parade will be bringing those creations to the event. Everything is free and all are welcome.