Jessie Bryce in her garden on Highway 3B

Garden of delights

A bit of England will be gracing the hillsides of Rossland this weekend with a summer fair in the garden.

A bit of England will be gracing the hillsides of Rossland this weekend when a summer fair in the garden bursts forth with art, colour, food and foilage.

It will be a feast for the senses as the work of eight artisans, as well as the culinary prowess of several more people, will be framed in the accoutrements of Jessie Bryce’s garden on the outskirts of the city.

Located at 2735 Highway 3B—the grey house across from the old cemetery—the artisan fair was inspired by the numerous community fairs Bryce grew up with in her hometown of Brighton, England, where art, music and food were set in a garden.

“I thought it would be really nice to bring something like that here,” she said. “The whole town opened up in Brighton, people opened their gardens and served tea and cake and the kids came and played. And then you could look at all the amazing art and listen to the music.”

Many of the artists include din the show also are part of an informal group that meets to knit, sew and paint.

The fair will include paintings, pottery, herbal lotions and potions, as well as folk art. There will be examples of felting, up-cycled bags and “stuffies,” gems and crystals, knitted and sewn items and possibly some sculpture.

The one-acre garden will be decorated with what Nature has given it, as well as a few man-made objects, including eight pavilions set up to highlight the artists.

Bryce felt the artisan fair could be the first of many at the site, with possibly another one later in fall.

“This show will give people a place to show off their art,” she said.

The fair runs Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. Follow the yellow flags to the garden site.


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