Poway’s Enchanted Garden with its mythical creatures opens for holiday tours

Fairies, brownies, gnomes, elves and hobbits live in the Enchanted Garden in Poway, and many of them have fanciful stories about their lives and livelihoods.

Those stories are usually told by their caretakers, Bejai and Dan Higgins, who host guided tours of the garden at their home at 13631 Rostrata Road. They also open the garden to the public three times a year on Easter, Halloween and Christmas.

The next scheduled open house will be noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Dan Higgins will dress as Santa Claus and pose for pictures with children while his wife tells tales of what the garden’s creatures are up to in their miniature homes, businesses and other buildings.

“I don’t have stories for every building because there are too many, but when we build something for the garden we think about who lives there, what jobs they take in the garden, who

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Get growing! Orchid show, garden tours offer gardening inspiration

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Flower fans, plant parents and “gardenerds” will have two busy weekends of ogling fellow enthusiasts’ green babies. The Platinum Coast Orchid Society will host its annual extravaganza May 5-7 and Keep Brevard Beautiful’s Secret Garden Tour follows on May 13.

Platinum Coast Orchid Society show and sale

“Orchid Fantasy” is the theme for the Society’s 58th annual orchid show and sale, scheduled for the Kiwanis Island Park Gymnasium, 951 Kiwanis Island Park Rd., Merritt Island.

Grezaffi's Blue Shawn is an orchid cross developed by a local grower in Brevard County.

Grezaffi’s Blue Shawn is an orchid cross developed by a local grower in Brevard County.

Individuals, orchid societies and growers will present their best specimens of these stunning flowers. Local and international orchid vendors will tempt attendees with their plants, and plenty of orchid supplies, complimentary culture sheets – along with advice and encouragement for newbie hobbyists – will be available

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