Fairy Garden Frivolity

Anyone can create a fairy garden. You’ll need one part gardening, and two parts imagination and before you know it, you’ll have a mythical, mystical, miniature garden.  Historically, you would find a fairy garden tucked in old logs or beneath a feathery fern. More and more they’ve come out into the open for all to enjoy

Fairy Garden

April, 2012

Earlier this year I built my first fairy garden in an alcove of rocks in my back garden.  I used twigs and flowers, bits of moss and pine cones, then added small ceramic stepping-stones and rocks.  You can buy all kinds of furniture and accessories, or you can challenge yourself to make your own. I prefer the latter.

4th of July Fairy Garden

July, 2012

Planting proved challenging due to invasive pine roots nearby, so I moved to a small container. The chairs came from a children’s game.  The “peace” stone was a gift.  The table rests on a peat pellet covered with a small, heart-shaped lid.

Fairy Garden Back to School Edition

September 2012

Eventually I relocated the garden from back to front yard so that others might enjoy it too.  The back to school version, included a few LEGO Brick desks, a small playground and a “white board” for the front of the class.

Halloween Fairy Garden

October, 2012

Decorating for the fairies was especially fun at Halloween. It was spooky, but not over the top.  You don’t want to frighten visiting five-year olds.

Fairy Garden Yurt

November, 2012

As the cooler weather approached, I built a small shelter using Blue Fescue. Amenities included a lavender bed with an orange shelter nearby.

Sprucing Up the Fairy Garden

December, 2012

I rounded out the year with a touch of winter wonder. It’s great fun planning and decorating for visiting fairies.  Again using items from around the house, furnishings came from thread spools, a broken fountain and a pair of handmade chairs.

My hope is to inspire others to pursue this enjoyable hobby.  Take your inner child by the hand and jump right in.

38 thoughts on “Fairy Garden Frivolity

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  2. Anything labeled ‘Frivolity’ warrants a look-see. So I shrunk myself very very small and wandered back through all your tiny fairy gardens. I skipped along a stone path, then stopped to inhale the heavenly Alyssum, threw a few hoops, investigated a pumpkin patch but left quickly when I heard a strange noise, had a little nap, dreamed of lavender, wrote a letter to Santa on a flower petal under a twinkly snowflake and here we are. Now, that was a such a lovely trip, thanks Alys.

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  5. When I was very young, I used to wish I could shrink down and be tiny and explore everything from that viewpoint – I was convinced I would find fairy kingdoms and no end of adventure on a miniscule level. Never thought about how terrifying it might be! Do you have any dollhouses? They appeal to me for much the same reason, but alas! I never had a daughter to give me an excuse to indulge my delight in them…maybe a granddaughter is on the way? (We’ll find out any day now.) Thanks for a lovely post!

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    • A grandchild on the way! Lovely. If not a granddaughter, then an enlightened grandson that will enjoy your fairy frivolity along with you.

      I too loved the idea of being small and exploring the grass. Seems we had similar imaginations growing up.

      I don’t have a dollhouse (we could never have afforded such a thing), but my sister and used to make our own with cardboard boxes and things around the house. Always fun.

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  9. Fairy gardening is a passion and I love viewing others to get ideas. I have a 2 1/2 year old grandaughter (Liberty) and we built a huge fairy garden. She loves it, especially the birthday party complete with cake. Tiny frogs and butterflies flit about and give rides to the fairies. Garden tools at the gate beside the sign – “Welcome to Libertyville”. Corsican mint carpets their gazebo and Columner Basil shades them from the suns rays when it gets too hot. They swim in a pool of cool blue glass beads and hang their wet clothes out on the fence to dry. At night I hear music as they dance and sing until wee hours of the morn. Then they scuttle back under the plantlife for a nap. Oh how I love my fairy gardens. My escaped from the crazy world we live in. – Sheila from Ohio

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  10. I went to Tennessee in May. There is a store in downtown Franklin that had these beautiful fairy garden “supplies”. If I can locate a picture, I’ll send it to your email, Alys.

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    • These fairy gardens are a lot of fun. I think your daughter (and you) will have fun. I like to challenge myself to use what I have and items from nature. I recycle all sorts of things. I learned this year how to fashion chairs from the top of a champagne closure. I’ve decorated my fairy gardens with half-used birthday candles, bits of all packaging, leftover craft supplies. If you give it a go, please report back.

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  14. Hello there, we are in blogging 101 together. Since the assignment was to comment on 4 blogs, I’ve been scoping out blogs. I’m not interested in commenting on the first 4 I look at. I take the assignment seriously, and I want my comments to be genuine. Now, I must tell you that my mom has the greenest thumb on Earth, but somehow, I was born with a black one. However, I like seeing pretty gardens, so I clicked on your blog. Well, I have to say you caught my eye with the fairy garden’s! I fell inlove with fairy gardens after discovering them on pinterest almost a year ago. My mom and I would talk about them. Well, for Christmas she asked me for something to start her fairy garden. I made her a house. I made the entire thing from scratch. Literally. And it turned out so good! I couldn’t believe it. I had so much fun making it. My 4 year-old son enjoyed going on supply-hunting walks with me. We’d go walking and look for anything we could use on the fairy house. Since then, he’s always talking about starting another fairy house. I showed him the fairy garden photo you posted using the Lego’s. He is dead set on doing that now. He thought it was the coolest thing he’d ever seen.

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  15. I love this idea of making a fairy garden and changing it for the seasons! Your’s is adorable and makes me want to try my hand at green things for the first time. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  16. Alys, this is beautiful. We have five acres of woods and so the perfect place for fairies to come visit. I have done some work for the knomes and now I have some lovely ideas to get me started to work on a place for the fairies. Take care. Thank you for sharing.

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