Bloomin’ in Bunker Hill

BUNKER HILL – When Lisa Giles plants a seed, it grows.

[cleeng_content id="726491940" description="Read it now!" price="0.15"]The owner of Hillbilly Daylilies in Bunker Hill on Saturday again will hold the Bloomin’ Bash, an open house and benefit that’s grown each summer since she created the event four years ago.

Bloomin’ Bash gives flower fans and other visitors the chance to see fields of thousands of vividly hued daylilies at their peak – and also generates much-needed income to care for homeless cats and dogs in the Panhandle.

Hillbilly Daylilies’ colorful blooms will be at their peak Saturday for the Bloomin’ Bash, the annual fundraiser for the local animal shelter. The daylong event happens in Bunker Hill at the business Giles created in 2006. Her business is home to more than an
acre of colorful, field-grown daylilies.

Last year’s Bloomin’ Bash drew hundreds of visitors and raised more than $3,400 for the Berkeley County Humane Society in Martinsburg.

Giles’ plans for Saturday include workshops led by master growers, a farm animal exhibit and gardening activities for kids, live music from three of the region’s top bluegrass bands, food booths featuring Big Daddy’s BBQ and homemade ice cream from Rock Hill Creamery, a display of antique tractors and steam engines, and more.

Last year’s Bloomin’ Bash was Giles’ biggest yet, drawing more than 700 visitors. Besides locals who come out for the day, some garden clubs from around the region have discovered the event and now come as groups, Giles said.

“I heard lots of positive comments throughout the day,” said Giles of the 2011 Bash. “Our event has become a summer tradition for some families.”

This year’s Bash also has a major sponsor for the first time, United Bank. Besides getting their fill at food booths, visitors also will be able to purchase daylilies and other items from an array of vendors.

Many bring along their lawn chairs or a blanket to spread out in front of the stage where top-notch musicians from across the area take turns performing for the crowd. Thanks to a partnership with the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Bloomin’ Bash serves as an official preview of the Pickin’ in the Panhandle bluegrass festival, which happens in September in South Berkeley.

Those who come out Saturday will get to hear from a trio of groups slated to perform at Pickin’: Stoney Creek, Drymill Road and Circa Blue. The three bands will entertain both at the Bloomin’ Bash and again at Pickin’, coming up Sept. 7, 8 and 9 at the Lazy A Campground in Back Creek Valley. (For more on those bands and others coming to the sixth-annual Pickin’ in the Panhandle, go to www.panhandlepickin.com.)

Educational seminars for plant lovers are another perennial draw to the Bloomin’ Bash.

This year, Giles’ lineup of workshops include seminars on cactus, herb and edible flowers; “Plant This, Not That”; growing vegetables in small spaces; “The Modern Iris”; and more.

Members of the Berkeley/Jefferson Master Gardener Association are working on the sessions with Giles, a Master Gardener herself.

Giles asks that those interested call 304-229-6698 or go online to www.HillbillyDaylilies to pre-register for the free workshops.

For more information about the Bloomin’ Bash or the business, go online to www.HillbillyDaylilies.com.[/cleeng_content]

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