Throwback Thursday – Enchanting Fairy Garden tours return to Bowling Green

A couple months ago, Throwback Thursday shared the story of Ruth Rabold, the green thumb of Bowling Green, whose landscape and garden efforts can still be seen all over the city. A Bowling Green Garden Club event that hasn’t been held since 2019 is making an exciting return next month. With nearly 20 years of history, the Fairy Garden Tour returns June 5. 

Each year, the Fairy Garden Tour takes visitors on a citywide tour of some of the most beautiful gardens in town. Designed to get children more excited about gardening at a young age, the tour provides unique mini items to build your own garden along each location. These mini gardens are enchanting and mythical in nature, as legends suggest creating a warm, inviting fairy garden will bring good luck to the gardener. 

The Ruth Rabold home is featured on this year’s tour, along with six other stops, including the Baker Arboretum, homes on Boxwood, Newman, Ogden, Fairway, and Morgantown roads. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and can be purchased from any Bowling Green Garden Club member, at Wild Bird & Nature store, or at Riley’s Bakery. 

The tour runs 1-5 p.m. with refreshments being served 3-5 p.m. at Lost River Cave’s River Birch Room. Children can use their fairy garden items gathered on the tour to build their garden masterpiece here. This year’s event proceeds are being donated to both Lost River Cave nature preservation and the efforts to replant trees lost during the December tornadoes.

The green thumb of Bowling Green was instrumental in the creation of the city’s garden club and paved the way for female landscape artists and garden experts. The Bowling Green Daily News recently released a deeper dive into Ruth Rabold’s saucy but humble story in its Histories & Mysteries podcast.

Throwback Thursday is brought to you by Hart County Tourism.