Although only able to visit just two of the incredible Backyard Growers Gardens, the two that I did attend were fabulous and beautiful and overflowing with deliciousness. Lara Lepionka, founder of Backyard Growers, and Amy Clayton (one half of the Crazy Hat Lady sisters fame) are across-the-street neighbors. As a matter of interest, Amy grew up in what is now Lara and Steve’s home, and Lara’s first Backyard Growers garden customer was Amy!
This was the first ever Backyard Growers garden tour. In case you missed, don’t despair, a second is planned for next summer.
Bea, Lara, and Jen
Lara’s Beacon Street terraced front border is a series of raised beds. Every spare inch is devoted to growing veggies, herbs, and flowers; no high maintenance lawn here. Lara supplies the fresh greens for three local restaurants, Duckworth’s Bistrot, Short and Main, and the The Market on Lobster Cove.
Lara’s California Poppies
Amy’s pumpkin on the vine
Amy’s towering sunflowers.
Both Lara and Amy’s gardens were abuzz with pollinators!
Hat Ladies Amy and Robyn out did themselves in wonderfully whimsical Fiesta hats in honor of Saint Peter’s Fiesta 90th anniversary celebration.
And they sure know how to throw a fabulous party and mini Saint Peter’s procession! The Saturday Greasy Pole Walkers rallied at the sisters Orchard Street home before heading over to walk the walk.
Giambanco sisters, Clayton sisters, and sister Stevenita
Photos from Alice Gardner’s children’s book launch party will post tomorrow when I have a little more time. It was lots of fun and there was a great turnout. Here is Crazy Hat Lady Amy Clayton at the Sawyer Free Library teaching children the call and response “Me chi samiou tutti mutti – Viva San Pietro!”
Gloucester’s own Fiesta Hat Ladies Robyn and Amy with Mayor Sefatia, sister Rose, niece Lia, and friends. I can’t wait to see the sister’s whimsical, wild, and wonderful creations this year!!
The Crazy Hat Ladies write, “The Crazy Hat Ladies of Fiesta have been invited to the largest folk festival in the US in Lowell, Massachusetts over the weekend of July 29th and 30th. This is our 2nd time being invited to come and share our love for the St. Peter’s Fiesta and our love for our community. We will be representing Gloucester and with our hats with people from all over. We will have our hats and a photo display of the history of St. Peter’s Fiesta.. We will also proudly distribute Gloucester Visitor guides to promote our beautiful city. We hope you can make it to this cultural event that has lots of music, cultural cuisine and entertainment and of course…
THE CRAZY HAT LADIES OF FIESTA”
Lisa Smith, Cape Ann TV producer writes, “I have a video for you to post on GMG: “The Crazy Hat Ladies Party.” Sister’s Robyn & Amy have been having a party on Saturday afternoons for 20 years and making crazy hats for 12 years. The hats are incredible! And they are so much fun.” Thanks Lisa for sharing!