Places: The Fairy Garden

Posted by: on April 17th, 2013 | 4 Comments
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Image of what looks like a gnome in an old tree stump

Image by Barbara Stanley via Flea Market Gardening

 

We know what you’re thinking: fairy gardens? Seriously? Yes! Not only do they really do exist, fairy gardening has become an immensely popular home gardening trend.

It’s not hard to see why. Much like the fairy tales we grew up with as children, fairy gardens bring back the innocence of make-believe worlds we imagined for ourselves.

Fairies are known for bringing good luck as well as their fair share of mischief. Legend has it that planting a fairy garden will not only create an inviting space for these wee-folk to inhabit but also add a touch of magic to your home, too.

Don’t feel mystified if you have yet to stumble upon one of these enchanting gardens. Until quite recently, neither had we. What we’ve discovered, though, is like all the best tales, fairy gardens are a source of endless curiosity for both the young and young at heart.

If you are in search of a little fairy dust to spark your imagination, take some time to explore the rest of this post.

 

Like container gardens, fairy gardens can be planted almost anywhere. Picnic baskets, pots and planters, concrete blocks and even wheelbarrows make suitable homes. Fairy gardens are also a great way to get the kids interested in gardening and the many varieties of flowers and plants that can be grown in your locale.

And we have it on good authority that fairies are partial to secluded accommodations landscaped with Irish moss (perfect for napping), elfin thyme and other small edibles, and pebbled garden paths.

 

 

You don’t even need to be possessed with a fascination for mythic tales or believe in magical gnomes to enjoy the delights of a fairy garden. You can create a small garden for a patio table to add a touch of whimsy to a courtyardporch, patio, sunroom or any outdoor living space.

 

 

Fairy tales often recount stories or events that seem to be blessed with mythical happiness, as in the “fairy tale romance” or the “fairy tale ending.” While we can’t promise you that planting a fairy garden will result in either of these, it could perhaps provide you with a small patch of the fairly tale life where and when you need it most.

 

You will find everything to keep the fairies in your garden happy, from the best selection of flowers, plants and trees to landscaping supplies and garden tools, in the Garden Center at your local Home Depot.

See more inspiration and ideas in our Places series here on the Apron Blog.

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  1. Mary says:

    Come on be serious- hows a fairy going to breath inside the jar?