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Thursday, June 4, 2020


Four Days in Morocco, complete with Moroccan mint tea every day. Fairies in the Garden, boasting a tea party complete with wings. And the Great American West, complete with a Native American storyteller.

It sounds enchanting, especially in the middle of a pandemic. And it’s what awaits youth ages 6 through 13 as part of Cara Drougas’ Art in the Garden.

Drougas started her Art in the Garden programs in her mother’s shaded one-acre yard in Deer Creek 14 years ago. They were inspired by camping trips she and her husband Ari took with their children, during which they would build imaginative abodes fit for a fairy in the woods.

Drougas started with 'Fairies in the Garden', in which children got to explore magical paths in her mother’s yard and plant a take-home garden in a 24-inch pot filled with pathways made of tiles, fairy rooms filled with miniature bunkbeds and mini easels and party lights made of string beads.

Eventually, she expanded to other themes. This year’s include Four Days in Morocco, Great American West, Wild Child and Birds of a Feather. There also will be a class focused on such Masters as Picasso, Miro and Dali, in which youngsters will make a Gaudi sculpture and a Frida Kahlo floral crown.

Drougas will also offer two-hour 'Rise Up' workshops on Fridays designed to empower, support and offer direction for older girls navigating middle and high school. Projects include Smashbooking, an exercise in creative journaling. Those workshops cost $25 each.

That the classes have always been outside in her mother’s garden, makes adapting to the pandemic easier. Drougas will also limit the number of children this year, provide gobs of hand sanitizer and assign children their own brushes, among other things.

Four-day camps range from $265 to $285. They run 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays beginning June 29.

For information, call Cara at 208-788-1118. Or write or


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