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How to Create a "Secret Garden", My "Angels' Rest" My Fantasy in Reality

Updated on February 6, 2017
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Deborah-Lynn has been writing professionally since 2002 as a freelancer and ghostwriter, non-fiction and fiction genres'.

How to Make a Garden for Your Fairies

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Keep adding to the fantasy, the young people in your life will be Thrilled!
Keep adding to the fantasy, the young people in your life will be Thrilled! | Source
Get ready for a fantasy trip into the world of Faierie Gardens and all the loveliness hidden within....
Get ready for a fantasy trip into the world of Faierie Gardens and all the loveliness hidden within.... | Source
Elephant Plant Foliage lend a feeling of huge plantlife which dwarfts the teeny Fairie-Lands and their hidden dwellings.
Elephant Plant Foliage lend a feeling of huge plantlife which dwarfts the teeny Fairie-Lands and their hidden dwellings. | Source
Teeny as a small dollhouse, or large as a child's playhouse, you can create small dwellings to bring your childs' Fantasy to Life!
Teeny as a small dollhouse, or large as a child's playhouse, you can create small dwellings to bring your childs' Fantasy to Life! | Source
Tiny lights add to the mystery and magical fantasy with the miniature flowers and plants, and of coarse the art pieces.
Tiny lights add to the mystery and magical fantasy with the miniature flowers and plants, and of coarse the art pieces. | Source
Light and feathery foliage make great hiding places for unexpected features in our fairy gardens.
Light and feathery foliage make great hiding places for unexpected features in our fairy gardens. | Source

IMAGINATION: Beyond the Grapevines and the "Deeply Hidden" Secret Garden Gate

"Oooh....the memories of childhood, the Fantasy, the Whimsey, the Charm of my own Secret Garden. Fragrances of flower lined pathways and sounds of the water cascading over pebbles....can such tranquility, can such peace, can such harmony be recaptured, ... ever again?"ΞΎ ...I can almost see the teenie fairies peeking out from under that heart-shaped lilac leaf! So...it begins!!!


We begin searching in, of all places, a scrap metal...junkyard sort of place where the remains of ancient torn down estates and buildings are strewn about in various piles and stacks. The odd pillar, a worn grey stoned fountain...and there it is...a large metal gate lock with the most interestingly adorned skeleton key! An oversized key, slightly heavier than it looks, just the detail that will draw the curiosity of any fanciful grandchild or visiting "munchkin". This is The Key that will open the world of Wonder and Enchantment that my dreams and fantasies have been formulating since my childhood.

I continue to search this amazing complilation of artifacts from years gone by. I half drag/half carry an old mirror, gold leaf faded and scarred from years of storage, probably in some great mansions' attic. My collection grows as I uncover stone carvings, faded fairries, little stone creatures, and here... a forgotten birdbath...needs work, but I can already see it perfectly nestled amist Roses and Hybiscus, perhaps... this angel statue sitting restfully inside its' waterbowl???

My husband and I gather up the parcels we have purchased, at an amazingly good savings, and load up the truck. What we have here is an assortment of items greatly in need of sanding, repairing, painting and a whole lot of creativity...before it will be the magical escape from reality our "Secret Garden" is meant to be. In the heat and rapid pace of a hub city like Los Angeles, there isn't much expectation to find a place of respite such as I am envisioning....but where better shall there be a haven of rest than in the "City of Angels", hummmm....a haven of Rest? There's got to be a name for my secret garden in there somewhere?


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A Secret Garden is a Living Garden...

One of the themes of this Faerie Garden is miniatures, another, oversized fantasy items like these"Alice in Wonderland" teacups...
One of the themes of this Faerie Garden is miniatures, another, oversized fantasy items like these"Alice in Wonderland" teacups... | Source
Surprises burst out from behind rocks, and spill over walls, bright and colorful,  often interestingly fragrant!
Surprises burst out from behind rocks, and spill over walls, bright and colorful, often interestingly fragrant! | Source
In Spring...the windmill is surrounded by Tulips, Irises and Daffodils. Summer flowers replace these in full glory!
In Spring...the windmill is surrounded by Tulips, Irises and Daffodils. Summer flowers replace these in full glory! | Source
The wood carved Faces bring to mind "The Queen of Hearts" and her ?Cards".
The wood carved Faces bring to mind "The Queen of Hearts" and her ?Cards". | Source
In a yard where there lives a "pack" of dogs, you would be surprised to find... the duck... is the Alpha "duck"!
In a yard where there lives a "pack" of dogs, you would be surprised to find... the duck... is the Alpha "duck"! | Source

"Layer After Layer ... A Fantasy Unfolds"

I have another unexpected resource where I am planning to forage for long forgotten treasures to embellish this dreamy garden play area; treasures that promise "giggles" and "delighted squeals" from the young and the young at heart.

In my storage area above the ceiling of my garage, stacked in crates of various shapes and sizes, I have squirrelled away the toys of my daughters' younger days. Thought to be long gone are the dollhouses, the tea sets, the angels, fairies and fairytale characters that had surrounded my children during hours of creative imaginings. I have yet a new purpose for these once loved and favored playmates, they will be re-assigned in the Faerie Garden with the little Knomes and Sprites I have found in my searching.

Adding to the whimsey of the garden are thematic areas and color combinations which bring out the fantasy and wonder of the environment.

Planting flowers is simply an addition to the cummulative years of planting I have already worked in. It's a matter of putting the right plant additions that compliment the whimsical figures I am adding to each area.


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More Magical Twists and Turns

"Angels' Rest" is becoming the Secret Garden I have been dreaming of since I was a young girl. This will be a place my daughters' children will come to for tea parties and dress-up and just to snuggle amid pillows and fragrant flowers to read a book.

In the evenings we will barbeque and light the firepit, the firelight dancing and creating shadows which perform mysteriously moving patterns within the faerie garden. The facination never ends!




Inspiration: Lost Gardens of Heligan

"YOU can create the Perfect Fantasy Secret Garden"......

The "Deeply Hidden" Garden Gate awaits tiny fingers clutching the large skeleton key, and pairs of wide eyes pearing into a magical place...unforgetable youth.
The "Deeply Hidden" Garden Gate awaits tiny fingers clutching the large skeleton key, and pairs of wide eyes pearing into a magical place...unforgetable youth. | Source
Further into the garden, statues and figurines are nestled into the foliage and flowers.
Further into the garden, statues and figurines are nestled into the foliage and flowers. | Source
What will I name this Enchanting Secret Garden?
What will I name this Enchanting Secret Garden? | Source
A simple, sweet-faced angel watches over bird guests not from around here as they stop in for a quick splash in the birdbath.
A simple, sweet-faced angel watches over bird guests not from around here as they stop in for a quick splash in the birdbath. | Source
Angelic and youthful, this angel provides rest for hot and tired wildlife passing through the desert.
Angelic and youthful, this angel provides rest for hot and tired wildlife passing through the desert. | Source
As I begin to survey the promise of loveliness taking shape in the Faerrie Garden,  the Name of this Enchanting Respite forms in my mind.
As I begin to survey the promise of loveliness taking shape in the Faerrie Garden, the Name of this Enchanting Respite forms in my mind. | Source

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"Deeper Into the Faerie Garden"

My daughters' old dollhouse now nestles amist herbs, waxed begonias, and natural elements like mossy wood and pebbles.
My daughters' old dollhouse now nestles amist herbs, waxed begonias, and natural elements like mossy wood and pebbles. | Source
Click on the photos to see the detail, this little Angel was the inspiration for the name of this hidden sanctuary..."Angels' Rest"..
Click on the photos to see the detail, this little Angel was the inspiration for the name of this hidden sanctuary..."Angels' Rest".. | Source
The outer wall of this garden runs 80 feet long, and every inch is covered with the heavenly scented White Star Jasmine!  Within this fragrant area we have a Jacuzzi Hot Tub.  The stars above winking in the night, out sparkling our firelit torches!
The outer wall of this garden runs 80 feet long, and every inch is covered with the heavenly scented White Star Jasmine! Within this fragrant area we have a Jacuzzi Hot Tub. The stars above winking in the night, out sparkling our firelit torches! | Source
There are endless species of flowers in this garden, some blooming in spring or summer, some love the cool of California winters...          Click the URL below for FUN FUN FUN!
There are endless species of flowers in this garden, some blooming in spring or summer, some love the cool of California winters... Click the URL below for FUN FUN FUN! | Source

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    • Deborah-Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah-Lynn 

      21 months ago from Los Angeles, California

      Thanks everyone. New Fairies Article will be published on March 1, 2017!

    • Install Flagstone profile image

      Install Flagstone 

      8 years ago

      Very informative Hub! I enjoy how in-depth you go with your content, and the quality of it... It would be a great idea to use flagstones around your "Fantasy Secret Garden" to give it more appeal.

    • Faybe Bay profile image

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Oh Deborah-Lynne. I am addicted. Thank you. I always wanted a secret garden. I haven't got the money yet, but in time... For now I live vicariously through your hubs.

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      Flightkeeper 

      9 years ago from The East Coast

      Deborah, I'm glad you're makingthis into a series. I've never had a secret fairy garden and I wish I had a backyard now!

    • myownworld profile image

      myownworld 

      9 years ago from uk

      a real pleasure to read! (great pics too)...I love gardening too and you've given such lovely ideas...hmm...will be stealing some, if u don't mind too much! ;)

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      9 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Deborah - the perfect garden is an artistic piece! Thanks for sharing your garden,thought it's not so secret anymore...haha.

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      Aqua 

      9 years ago from California

      You are so creative!

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      ralwus 

      9 years ago

      Oh I love your garden. My dogs won't stay out of ours. I rebuilt the old flagstone patio and pond this year, the wife's fish had babies, the fall is so soothing and we have wonderful parties too. Now we are concentrating on the front out of reach from the dogs. I have lots of big trees and shade there, but it will work. Cheers cutie

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      "Quill" 

      9 years ago

      Love what you have done here Deborah-Lynn, we have been given a great responsibility by the Father to look after His creation and I can see that it what you have created.

      I have been a Golf Course Designer and builder for a number of years. I have been accused of wasteing space in doing so and yet I consider it a preservation of space, rather than being covered with concrete and pavement.

      Your space is indeed a presevation.

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      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Beautiful pictures, beautiful article!

    • Deborah-Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah-Lynn 

      9 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      This article will continue through-out the creation of our Fantasy Secret Garden, keep checking back for pictures and more of the unfoling story!

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