The gardens are a magical place filled with surprises around every corner. Each display has a theme, from the culinary garden filled with plants with names such as: Apple Green, Cherry Berry, Cream Cheese, Fried Green Tomatoes, Guacamole, and Hens and Chickens to the Independence Day garden complete with Americana, Fireworks, Liberty and Patriot plants.
The large G-scale train layout features local landmarks from days-gone-by, such as Wells Custard, the Hannibal Hotel and Town Square. Not without a sense of humor, the displays also include a diner named “Eat at TUMS,” the Granby International Airport, and a “shotgun wedding” with Pa looking on.
Here are a few snippets from this gem of a railway garden:
The intricate displays were designed and built by Ron and Donna James. They began this whimsical creation just a few short years ago after their retirement. The James’ welcome others to come out and enjoy their little slice of heaven.
Individuals, groups, and families can wander and explore this mystical fairyland on weekday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays, or by special appointment. Picnicking is permitted; however, children must be supervised at all times as there is an open pond on the property.
While many of the flowers bloom during the month of June, there are a variety of shade-loving plants, succulents, and daylilies to enjoy throughout the season. It is best to call ahead to find out what might be blooming for your visit.
The Enchantment Acres Flower Farm is located at 887 county Route 3 in Hannibal. It is featured as the fourth stop on the Garden Railway Tour series sponsored by the Central New York Large-Scale Railway Society. The open house will run from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 and admission is free.
Don’t forget to sign up for a gardening class with Donna James. In her next session, Donna teaches participants how to make a “Living Wreath.” The class will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13. Admission is $20 and includes materials and flowers.
If you would like details about the Enchantment Acres Flower Farm or gardening classes with Donna James, please call 315/598-3346. Visit their Web site for more information: http://www.enchantmentacres.com/.