Garden creations benefit Donate Life

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 7 April 2016 at 12:00 am

Photos by Kristina Gabalski – This terrarium created by Lori Laine of Kent features a tiny kitty cat in her own fairy garden.

KENDALL – Kendall Garden Club members had an opportunity to complete a fun project while benefitting the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network during their meeting at the Kendall Town Hall on Wednesday evening.

Lori Laine of Kent lead the workshop. She described how she became involved in the craft of creating miniature fairy gardens nestled in clear glass terrariums and teacups.

“We are transplanting new life and growth,” she explained, just as her husband received the gift of new life after receiving a liver transplant in 2014. “Life can change with organ donation.”

Laine now creates and sells the little indoor gardens and teaches classes in the craft. Proceeds go to the Donate Life organization.

Members of the Kendall Garden Club work on teacup fairy gardens during their April meeting Wednesday evening. Lori Laine can be seen standing at the bottom right of the photo. She is speaking with garden club member and Town Councilperson Barb Flow.

Laine led members of the Kendall Garden Club through the process of transplanting tiny houseplants into their new, diminutive containers. Laine said she buys “sad plants” at discount department stores, takes them home, divides them, and establishes the divisions in egg cartons. The process helps to keep the plants small, Laine said.

Participants embellished their creations with moss, tiny stone pathways, and miniature accessories and figurines.

Laine provided blue and green marbles to add some sparkle to the gardens. “Those are the colors of Donate Life,” she said.

Lori Laine also had several of her terrariums on display featuring her houseplant “transplants.”

Lori Laine provided several varieties of houseplants from which participants could choose. She recommended pruning them to keep them small.

Participants also chose from neatly organized miniature accessories for their teacup gardens.

A teacup garden made by Kendall Garden Club member Barb Flow.