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Our Laguna: Spreading the green

July 25, 2013|By Barbara Diamond
  • The Green Day event was a success at the Sawdust Art Festival.
The Green Day event was a success at the Sawdust Art Festival. (Courtesy Sawdust…)

I was seeing green Saturday.

The Sawdust Festival celebrated its sixth annual Green Day with activities for children and adults to raise awareness of the environment and how to protect it. Free green-themed classes and projects were held from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at various locations throughout the grounds.

Young early birds learned about bees and their essential place in the environment as pollinators that produce fruits as well as the flowers that brighten our lives.

Whole Foods sponsored the Childrens' Art Spot, where kids, 4 and older, created a collaborative honeycomb structure and bees from recycled cardboard.

"We want to make people aware of the declining bee population and how important they are to our food supply," said Whole Foods Marketing Supervisor Joann Ekblad.

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Folks were urged to BEE supportive.

A bee-friendly landscape is easier than one might think, according to a brochure handed out at the booth. Planting flowers of different colors, shapes and bloom time will attract the bees and a patch of bare ground provides a nesting site.

"I am here to save the bees," said Jailene Jimenez, 11, of Orange. "My uncle thought it would be cool to come."

Whole Foods also sponsored two other two-hour workshops for kids later in the day.

Participants learned to Paint with Vegetables, where fruits and vegetables were used to create colorful produce paint.

Spice Painting began at 3:30 p.m. Amazing colors were produced by spices, which also titillated the participants' sense of smell.

Spices and herbs for the project included cinnamon, pepper corns, by leaves, cumin turmeric, pumpkin pie mix, cloves, thyme and chili powder.

Morning folks picked up water-wise plants and succulents donated by other gardeners, festival staff and the Laguna Beach Garden Club.

"We are here to help the community," said club President Jeanne Yale. "Succulents are great plants to consider to save water."

Founded 50 years ago, the club is dedicated to promoting education in gardening, horticulture, landscape and floral design, conservation, ecology and bird life.

The one-day-only booth was located by the clock tower near the main entertainment deck, which made it easy to find the Wyland Foundation collaborative ocean mural project at the far end of the deck.

Volunteers helped visitors of all ages to participate in the 5 foot by 10 foot paper mural. Visitors added fish, sea animals and plants on the already painted ocean backdrop representing the California coastal eco-system.

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