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