Douglas County press release
The 7th annual Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival will feature Wheelbarrow Gardens and Scarecrows as part of the fun during the June 6th - 8th jubilee. The theme hydrangea for the Standard Flower Show portion of the Festival is “Ruby Slippers” so the complete Festival them centers around “The Wizard of Oz” celebrating the movie’s 75th anniversary.
Wheelbarrow Gardens will be on display on the grounds of the Old Douglas County Courthouse, and Scarecrows will be on display adjacent to the Master Gardeners Vegetable Garden at Douglas Public Health on Selman Drive.
Anyone can enter a Wheelbarrow Garden or Scarecrow into the exhibits - there is no cost to enter, but pre-registration is required.
Wheelbarrow Gardens can be on any theme, not just “The Wizard of Oz”, can be in any size wheelbarrow, old or new, painted or unpainted, and be composed of small or dwarf live plants. Figurines, miniature furniture, and doll houses are welcome in the wheelbarrow - make it a fantasy! Sports themes are always fun. Individuals, friends, clubs and businesses are invited to enter a wheelbarrow.
The Scarecrow exhibit will be a fun addition to this year’s Festival. The Scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz” is one of the most endearing and enduring characters in movie history. Scarecrows at the Festival may also be of any theme and can be dressed up, down, funny, or thematic. Individuals, friends, clubs and businesses are invited to enter a scarecrow; business named apparel on the scarecrow is acceptable.
The purpose of the Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival is to beautify our community; preserve history, historic places and heirloom plants; and to display our community to the world. It is the largest annual tourism event in Douglas County, and all of Douglas County is invited to be a part!
For information or to submit an entry into the Wheelbarrow Garden or Scarecrow exhibit, please contact Sherry Beggs at 678.715.9301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.