Fairy Gardens

Fairy gardens are a magical space for children to play and a lovely addition to any garden. Making one is quite simple and quick, but will bring hours of family enjoyment. The real imagination and magic comes alive when choosing the small details to place in your garden…with so many fantastic possibilities your garden will always be changing and evolving!

It is incredibly easy to do, as many of  garden centers are now catering to customers’ cravings for miniature items.  From the tiniest of trees, plants, succulents and accessories anyone can make a garden like this on their own. A project like this is for the young and old alike. But be forewarned, for some reason, many find these gardens highly addicting!  Here is what you need to get started:

Supplies:
A container—make sure it is large enough for what you want to do.
Plantings, such as fairy vine, ‘Platt’s Black’, brass buttons, dwarf grasses, ferns, miniature evergreens, hens and chicks, succulents, wooly or creeping thyme, lavender, miniature roses, miniature daisies, Selaginella, miniature African violets, dianthus.
Moss
Potting soil
Accessories—purchased or homemade.

To care for your fairy garden, be sure to water it regularly. Also, feel free to give a gentle pruning to any plantings that seem to outgrow their space. If you happen to lose a plant or it is not doing well, just gently remove it from the garden and replace it with something else. These gardens are always growing, changing and evolving—just like our regular gardens.
When you think about adding accessories, the only limit is your creativity.  Incorporate both store-bought and homemade items.  When you are out and about, have your miniature gardens in mind.  Maybe you’ll discover fun little items at thrift stores, garden centers and even recycling found items in nature.  Acorn lids make perfect plates. Leaves are natural blankets and place mats.  Sheets of moss can be transformed into rugs for houses.  Some people even like to decorate their gardens for the holidays.