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
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.
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………
“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
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
”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