Fairy gardens are a fun and whimsical way to spend time

Fairy gardens seem to be popping up everywhere. The garden magazines are full of fairy garden ideas, the garden clubs are scheduling programs on fairy gardens and the craft shops are doing a brisk business on fairy garden accessories.

Fairy gardens are small gardens or a section of a garden that create a miniature world. These little scenes can also be made for the home by using plants, either live of artificial, that are suitable for the indoor garden. Although outdoor gardens give the gardener more room to expand the fairy world, indoor gardens are easier to maintain. The scope and size of your miniature garden is limited only by your creativity and imagination.

Outdoor gardens can start small and then move through the entire garden one miniature room at a time. Fairy gardeners tell me that once they get one room finished new ideas come fast and furious until a new area is constructed, designed to be of interest to the little fairies.

The fairy garden can include statues of fairies or it can include only furniture and decorations. It can be a small garden of moss, ferns, sticks and stones that was created by the gardener to resemble a life size forest. There are no rules here. The gardener is in charge.

Start your fairy garden with small scale plants like those you might find in an herb garden. A visit to the garden center will allow the gardener to select the right plants for their situation. Some herb suggestions are lavender, rosemary, sage, oregano, thyme, chives, geranium, savory. The staff can help you select suitable plants.

The fairy garden should be designed to scale. Such as 1 inch in the fairy garden equals 1 foot in the real world. If a gazebo is 8 feet tall and 8 feet wide then the Fairy Garden Gazebo would be 8 inches tall and 8 inches wide.

Making or collecting your own accessories is the most interesting part of making the Fairy Garden. The craft shops offer wonderful sets of furniture that can be used in an indoor fairy garden where they will be protected from the elements. Furniture for the outdoor garden should be able to withstand the rain and sun. Walking through the park you may find just the right sized stones for your fairy garden walkway or stone wall. Sticks can become logs on the forest floor. A visit to the hardware store will reveal the material to make a fairy gazebo or a fairy playground.

Don’t get discouraged if your fairy garden doesn’t come together quickly. This is one of those projects where the journey is more important than the destination. Many people find their fairy garden is constantly evolving. Making fairy garden furniture on a summer afternoon with grandpa or planting fairy garden herbs with mother will make memories that will last a lifetime.