Creating a Fairy Garden is the start of an adventure that can span generations. There is a calming effect as Fairy Gardens are created and nurtured. As in large gardening, the Fairy Garden will reflect the personality and interest of the creator. It will change over time. Sometimes it will be worked by multiple creators, as in multi-generational gardens. Grandparents and grandkids often spend hours talking and dreaming about the Fairy Garden then more hours working in it. It can be a magical place to go at the end of a long day, or it can be the outlet for wonderful creativity. It is amazing how much fun a Fairy Garden can be for young and older, boys and girls, men and women.
Turn on your imagination! What makes you smile? Close your eyes and think about what a small garden would look like. Then go for it!
Start with an idea or a special piece no matter where it comes from. Fairy Gardening is a process and most often it is never ‘done’ but rather develops over time. Use that first piece and build around it.
Doing an initial design is also fun. Choose a center piece or focal point and build around that. It might be a water feature, or a hill, or a stump. Whatever you choose will be great! By the way, copying a great idea from the internet or Etsy is the best sort of flattery so check out what others have done.
What are the types of fairy gardens?
Outdoor fairy estates will range from small to large, simple to complex. They often grow over time just as a human garden will. Some estates include a fenced in area, or maybe just a front yard. Some estates have multiple buildings while others are used as large playgrounds. Grass or sand can be used as a base and a water feature, pond or river will add a feeling of calm.
Fairy gardens can also be established in pots. Containers come in many sizes, shapes and styles. In choosing a container, consider where in the garden it will live. Shallow pots can be sunk into the ground or remain at ground level or be hidden within the garden. Larger around and deeper pots can become a focal point of the garden creating a miniature estate all its own.
Terrariums are most often placed indoors. Similar to pots, consider where inside the terrarium will live. If the container is glass and has an opening, it is easier to water and dust. Closed topped containers will hold moisture but can also be messy. If you plan to take the terrarium outdoors during the summer, consider the location in your plan as well.