Imaginations take flight

Jaida Bapaume. (Louisa Jones) 242226_14

By Luke Voogt

Nine-year-old Jaida Bapaume was among 25 local children getting lost with the fairies in their native habitat, Geelong Botanic Gardens, on Tuesday.

“They really get into it,” said the garden’s Jenny Possingham, who has run the magical fairies and dragons workshops for several years.

“It gets the kids making little winter gardens,” she said.

The children used flowers, sticks, bark and coloured rocks to make mini gardens for the pixies or their fire-breathing foes.

“And a bit of glitter, because there’s no small child that doesn’t like glitter, apparently,” Jenny said.

“We have a tree called the dragon’s blood tree and many years ago, well before my time, someone wrote a story about that tree and the last dragon ‘Draco’.

“So it’s a way of celebrating one of our significant trees.”

The workshops were fully-booked this week, with a few spots remaining for next week. The activity is one of many in Love Central Geelong’s school holiday program.