Monday, November 30, 2009
Our neighbor to the west, Whidbey Island has so many
fascinating people, places and things to offer
that anyone would be hard pressed to pick a favorite.
Even with so much natural beauty to choose from I'd have to say Hummingbird Farm Nursery and Garden would be among the top three on my list. Lori and Lee Spear have dedicated themselves to creating a very special destination and their lovely gardens have been highlighted in Sunset Magazine and Country Living Gardener. They've also been featured on the Discovery Channel and on Northwest plant guru Ed Hume's celebrated program, "Gardening In America". In addition to the beautiful gardens and great selection of unusual plants in their nursery, Lori has a picturesque giftshop filled to the rafters with a collection of diverse, unique gifts, including her beautiful, handmade evergreen wreaths during the holiday season.
Hardly a week goes by that doesn't find The Spear family hosting a community event at the Farm. Fund raisers, food drives, Gardening Forums and Workshops, Arts & Crafts Fairs, the Winter Market; the list goes on and on throughout the year.
Two of their most popular holiday offerings at the giftshop are "Girls Night Out" with games, prizes, and yummies for the ladies and the "Pin This Wish List on My Guy" Night, where mall-hating he-men can munch brownies, complete their shopping lists in one swoop and get free gift wrapping to boot.
This popular annual holiday PET PHOTOGRAPHY fundraiser helps benefit WAIF (Whidbey Animal Improvement Foundation). Family members and group gatherings are encouraged to participate, too.
Whidbey folks bring their pets to have their photos taken with Santa by professional photographer Ken White from Ken's Lens who works magic behind the camera. Ken specializes in on site portraits, sports and and custom photography (including moving vehicle photos!). He and his camera will follow you just about anywhere you want to go. We all know there's an art to photographing animals - especially more than one at a time-and Ken has a knack for capturing the pets at their best -and cutest- moments. Some of Ken's Santa and Pet photos can be seen at the Hummingbird Farm site.
On the other hand - these photos are all mine so don't expect any artistry whatsoever. When I wasn't handing out my dog treat samples, I couldn't help but grab my camera to get some candid shots of these cuties while they were waiting their turns with Santa and Ken.
Is it me or does Brett really look like a reindeer?
This little guy was so adorable.
and the gal with the big smile was a WAIF volunteer who snuggled a darling kitty in her coat all afternoon.
If you're local, you'll want to mark the date for this year's event on your calendar.
............."PETS ON THE FARM WITH SANTA"
..................SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6th, from 11am-5pm.
................at HUMMINGBIRD FARM NURSERY AND GARDENS
.......................2319 Zylstra Road in Oak Harbor, WA
Reservations are strongly recommended due to the popularity of this one-day event, and also for your pet's comfort.
Contact: email@example.com or 360-679-5044. Click here for map and directions. Be sure to sign up for the newletter to keep current on their upcoming events.
In addition to the Santa photos, Lori's gift shop will be open and there will be folks anxious to help you with other pet needs and gifts: Pet grooming and training, Pet Massage and even hand-painted pet photo rocks.
I'll be there with my Blue Collar Dog Treats. Hope you and your pets will join us!