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Creating a fairy garden is a magical experience.

Creating a fairy garden is a magical experience.

There is a new craze sweeping the gardening world — fairy gardens!  The idea is to create a miniature garden world for the fairies that inhabit your garden.  These can be very simple to quite elaborate with landscaping, structures, accessories and more. I had wanted to do one for quite some time and finally got around to it this year.

The most challenging part was determining what container I was going to use. And then, one day, as I was doing a mid-spring garden walk, making a list of all of the “to-do’s” involved in getting our garden ready for the warm weather, inspiration struck. I had an old birdbath that originally had a beautiful mosaic in the bottom of it.  Unfortunately, we had neglected to bring it in one winter and the mosaic and concrete parted ways. I was very sad as it was beautiful but it was my own fault for forgetting to bring it in for the winter.  It had been sitting down on the ground as an unofficial rustic “scenery” piece but I was getting tired of it just sitting there serving no useful purpose. And then, the lightbulb went on!  Why not use the birdbath as my fairy garden base?

Full of renewed enthusiasm for my task, a visit to a local garden center was in order.  It was most convenient that they had planned teaching workshops on creating fairy gardens and thus were fully stocked on “fairy” items and plants.  The plants were easy — mini-pinks, baby’s tears, Irish moss, creeping thyme and a gorgeous mini spiky grass. The accessories they stocked were pretty but pricey and I was trying to do this on a budget so the only item I indulged in purchasing was a tiny kneeling fairy figure.  I already had a miniature cottage figurine from a previous purchase last year for the fairy garden that never got made.

So, into the birdbath went potting soil enriched with plant food, my plants, the mini cottage, my beautiful fairy, a couple of favorite rocks, and a few pretty shells.  The birdbath top was then set on a piece of log round that was in the woodpile, and the whole was placed in the back garden in some ivy and flowers.  My little cafe table is close by so I can sit, enjoy a cup of coffee and keep my eye out for visiting fairies.

An extra bonus — in the way of the Universe, I found a very talented artist who creates wind chimes out of copper, stained glass, and small fairy figures on etsy. One of her beautiful creations is now gracing my garden right next to the fairy garden — the perfect addition for magick.

Will my eyes be quick enough to see a fairy?  I hope so!


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