Arboretum offering Mother’s Day workshop

Published 7:00 am Friday, May 11, 2018

The Crosby Arboretum in Picayune will be holding a children’s pot painting workshop for Mother’s Day on Saturday.

Arboretum Director Pat Drackett said the Arboretum has been holding this event for several years. She said it’s a good way for children to make something for mothers who like to garden. The pots are a fun, thoughtful gift that can be used again and again for years to come.

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“It’s a good event to prepare for Mother’s Day,” Drackett said.

Drackett said children who attend the event will be given their own terra cotta pot to paint. When they are finished painting the pots, children will be given a plant to put into the pot. This year, the plant will be a scarlet sage, Drackett said.

Drackett said each plant is grown at the Arboretum, and is bright red in color. According to information on the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower center’s website, these flowers provide enough nectar to attract butterflies as well as hummingbirds. They grow best in the shade, reseed easily, can grow to be 1-3 feet tall and only require a medium amount of water.

Drackett said families who wish to attend the event are asked to register beforehand so staff will have an accurate headcount. She said that the event usually attracts about 20 children. However, even though the number is similar every year, she said that registration is still required since supplies will need to be purchased before the event.

Drackett said children should wear clothes that can be stained by paint.

The event will take place Saturday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. Tickets for children of members of the Arboretum will cost $5, while tickets for non-members’ children will be $7. The Arboretum requires that all children be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There will be no charge for adults who bring children.