Adventures In Fairy Gardening
This spring I started my first Fairy Garden. I’ve been waiting all winter, dreaming about spring, warmer weather, and working in my garden. It’s so much fun to plan gardens but of course not so much fun to do the actual work! But every year, to my husband’s chagrin, I dream and plan all winter about my garden for the following spring. This year I’ve been especially impatient for the warmer weather because I’ve been plotting and planning a Fairy Garden!
I’m new to this idea of Fairy Gardening. Although the concept has been around for a little while now I had never heard of it until last summer – now I’m obsessed! I’ve always loved fairies and all things miniature. As a child I had a simple dollhouse – just a few painted wooden boxes stacked on their side really – nothing fancy. But inside I had the sweetest little dollhouse furniture and accessories. My Dad sometimes took us to an antique mall where one of the vendors sold dollhouse furnishings. I would linger the entire time in that area, carefully choosing my next little purchase. I spent hours with that dollhouse, rearranging, painting, and decorating the miniature rooms.
I also have always had a sweet spot for fairies, elves and other magical creatures. My Mom & Dad recall a day when I was about four or five. We were in our car and just leaving our driveway when all of a sudden I panicked and made them stop the vehicle. My reason being that Peter Pan was outside the car window and couldn’t get in! He was my close imaginary friend at the time and we couldn’t go without him! We opened the car window to let him fly in. That first love of magical beings has lasted my entire life, so it’s no surprise that Fairy Gardening has become a part of my garden planning.
I love the detailed little fairy homes with their thatched roofs and swinging doors. The fairies themselves are adorable and the accessories add just the right touch to make it all feel almost believable! I’ve been having a great time this spring creating a fairy village under the tree by my patio. The plants there are lush and green with big leaves: hostas, ferns and Lilly of the Valley. I’ve placed my fairy gardens right in the mulch in most cases; hiding fairies under leaves, running fairy paths under the porch, and creating fairy hideaways in other out of the way places. I can’t wait for everything to grow and create additional little hiding places for my wee fairy folk!
My guests are especially enjoying my gardens this year. The added touch of an unexpected fairy door at the base of a tree, or a fairy home under a bush makes a visit to my gardens something of an adventure! More surprising is the way my husband has taken to the idea. He’s recently started giving me suggestions…”you should put a door here”, or “you should make a little path there.” Of course he also tells me that he’s going to get a bunch of plastic army men and start putting them around the yard too…
The best thing about Fairy Gardening is that really anyone can have one – inside, outside, or on the front porch – we all have room for a little magic in our lives. My gardens are small, we only have a quarter acre, but that makes our yard perfect for fairy gardening. It’s amazing how big our little yard feels when you’re peeping under leaves to find the next fairy! I’ve seen adorable and creative fairy gardens designed in wagons, crates, broken planters and baskets. We are only limited by our imagination. The wonderful thing about miniatures is that they fit in almost anything!
Whether you are considering creating your first fairy garden, or you have an enchanted kingdom already well established, at Piper Classics you’ll find a lovely assortment of fairy homes, fairy folk and miniature fairy accessories to begin, or add to, your collection. Visit our Fairy Garden pages for inspiration, ideas, or just to satisfy your curiosity about what a Fairy Garden is all about. And if you happen to fall in love with fairy gardening as deeply as I have, well, you can always blame it on the fairy dust.