Saturday’s Bloomin’ Bash offers fun way to help homeless pets
Lisa Giles’ Bloomin’ Bash keeps on growing.
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On Saturday when she hosts the fifth-annual open house and fundraiser, she’s hoping for a crowd of 1,000 or more at Hillbilly Daylilies, her business a mile off U.S. 11 in Bunker Hill.
“A lot depends on the weather,” Giles said. “In past years we’ve had more than 800 people here. If it’s nice, I’d love to see 1,000 people or more out here.”
Bloomin’ Bash gives visitors the chance to explore Giles’ fields of thousands of vividly hued daylilies and take in expert workshops offering tips on healthy soils, ideas for plants to grow now for a fall harvest, growing garlic and other topics.
Other highlights include kids’ activities featuring garden projects and farm animals and a display of antique tractors and steam engines.
Bluegrass is another big draw for Bloomin’. This year’s festival will feature three popular bands from the region: Drymill Road, Bud’s Collective and Circa Blue.
Vendors at Bloomin’ will include Martinsburg’s Rock Hill Creamery selling homemade ice cream and barbecue from Charles Town-based Big Daddy’s BBQ.
Guests pay an admission fee of $10 – or $5 for those ages 6 to 12 and free for younger children – and Giles donates all those fees to the Berkeley County Humane Society in Martinsburg.
Last year, Giles’ event raised more than $3,300 – enough to spay or neuter nearly 800 cats and dogs, according to Shari Persad, president of the Berkeley County Humane Society.
Giles’ fundraiser is valued because it offers a long-term solution for the area’s high number of animals without homes.
“Spaying or neutering your pet is the only way to help stop the pet overpopulation,” Persad said.
Giles said Bloomin’ Bash has become a summer tradition for many families in the area.
Some garden clubs from across the region come as a group, she said, while many homeowners take the opportunity to explore the daylily fields to gather inspiration for their own homes’ landscaping.
“It’s wonderful to see so many people here enjoying the daylily fields, the music, the workshops and everything else,” Giles said. “And then it’s also very satisfying to know the day is also raising money to help the Humane Society.”
Want to go?
What: Bloomin’ Bash, a daylong open house at Hillbilly Daylilies that benefits the Berkeley County Humane Society
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Hillbilly Daylilies at 1105 Giles Mill Road, one mile off U.S. 11 in Bunker Hill
How much: Admission costs $10 per adult; $5 for children 6 to 12; children 5 and younger get in free. All admission fees go toward the animal shelter’s spay/neuter fund.
To know more: Call Hillbilly Daylilies owner Lisa Giles at 304-229-6698 or visit hillbillydaylilies.com.[/cleeng_content]