Fairy Gardens

Fairy Gardens

 

 

What is the appeal of Fairy Gardens? I think that, at least for many folks, myself included, it is the element of whimsy in the miniaturization. Many of us are drawn to small, intimate and comfortable spaces. We love tree houses, cupboard beds, children’s play houses, sleeping under the eaves, window seats, because they offer us a space to crawl into to read, dream, or to feel safe and warm and cozy. It is the part of the child that endures in us always, but we may not recognize it as such……..until we meet a fairy garden. Fairy gardens let us create and imagine the kind of spaces that are magical, whimsical and that perhaps, if we were small enough, we would love to be a part of…….kind of an ideal magical or secret garden space.We can also create these gardens on a small scale because they would be almost financially impossible to create in a larger space. What I also love about them is that children are drawn to them, and with their own imaginations and innocence, they  remind us to find and use ours.

Could you resist the appeal?  Would your curiosity not get the better of you? If we can imagine this as a place to escape to our dreams, then fairy gardens can do the same, just on a smaller scale.


 


 “Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!”      William Butler Yeats

 


Notice the tiny fence and wood lattice garden tower………


This Fairy garden started with a teapot house. The little fairy sits atop rocks while surveying her garden, all fenced in. There are many plants that are small in form or can be pruned hard that are perfect for these kinds of gardens. There are even miniature hostas available. The gravel is scaled to the size of the garden as well.


Here the gardener set her fairy garden on top of some moss, and used pachysandra as edging to mimic shrubs. I really like the wire pergola.


In this garden the designer cleverly pruned spruce trees to look like full grown conifers. Creeping phlox looks cheerful as a minature flowering shrub.



The gardens above were tucked in or part of a larger garden. Another way to make a fairy garden is to use a container, large or small, where it can be tucked into the garden, or stand alone.



Simple, but magical ……




Love the tiny brick pavers for the path.




It can be as simple as tucking away, and waiting to be discovered, a fairy sitting on a stone, or out smelling the clover.



I love this idea, taking a lantern and creating the garden inside. I might suggest taking a photo of your child, grandchild, niece or nephew or even a special neighbor or friends child, cut it out, paste it to cardboard and tucking it inside with the fairies. Take a photo of the child when they discover themselves………


The delight in her face is clear……..


Using an old stump as inspiration for a fairy garden……


This is what I did with a tree in front of my house. Simple, but it confuses the heck out of adults. Several go and see if the knob opens the “door”. I tell them, “No”, the fairies lock their doors when not at home.” Makes me laugh every time.


 

 


“A lot of children are interested in fairies, especially young girls, and Tinker Bell is the uber-fairy. She’s the pin-up girl of fairies. She’s the ultimate fairy, but she’s also got a mischievous spirit and she’s very strong willed. I think a lot of youngsters recognize themselves in Tinker Bell. ”     Michael Sheen



There are so many cute fairies available as well as houses, miniature accessories available. At the bottom of the post are sources to give you head start A lot can be made with twigs, sticks and repurposed items.


The fairies went from the world, dear
Because men’s hearts grew cold;
And only the eye’s of children see
What is hide from the old….. Kathleen Foyle


Every time a child says, “I don’t believe in fairies,”  there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead. James M. Barrie- Peter Pan
She said to me,
“Prove that fairies exist.”
I replied, “I cannot”.
“Do you believe in heaven” I asked.
“Prove to me that Heaven exits.”
She said to me, “I cannot”.
I replied, “I shall not be responsible for fairies
strewn dead in my garden. Sometimes you just have
to believe………charisse


 

 “And above all watch, with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”


I hope you enjoyed. If this inspires you to create a fairy garden, send photos and I will post them. Below are some sources to get you started. Thanks for reading. Laters, charisse

Fairy Home & Gardens

Garden Fun

Factory Direct Craft

Fairy Garden Store

 Whimsical Fairy Garden

Ebay

Etsy shops

Two Green Thumbs

Comments

  1. Carole Moores :

    I am in love with these gardens and can’t wait to add to the fairy garden I started. Mine is definitely a work in progress and knowing me, will change and be redefined as I find whimsical pieces that speak to the child in me. Thanks for adding websites to check out, that really helps.

    • I am as well. It is fun to move parts of it around, not only because of growth in the flowers and shrubs, but also because more fairies may move in and children will be surprised to find them.Have fun and look forward to seeing more photos!

  2. Victoria Moores :

    Oh, I love this display! Carole is making a fairy garden at her home. They are very loved by many right now. There is a garden shop near us in Asheville that is actually teaching a Fairy Garden Seminar this weekend! They sell lovely Fairy goodies. I am fascinated by fairies. Thank you for this. You are so informative and creative! Victoria

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