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Add a Fairy to the Garden

Updated on July 18, 2016

The Fairy Statue in My Garden

She's waiting for a visit from her friend, the chipmunk.
She's waiting for a visit from her friend, the chipmunk. | Source

This small sprite, named Fiona, now lives in my garden in New Hampshire. I didn't start out planning a fairy garden, it just evolved. The yard is wooded with huge pines, maples, and oaks towering over our cottage. They create lots of shade which limits my plant choices.

I noticed that moss grew particularly well in the shade. I searched the woods around and brought in different kinds of moss. There's one kind named wolf moss and another named British soldiers and a lichen called pixie cup.

I added some small ferns to complement the moss and then built a stone wall. It looked charming to me, but seemed to lack a focal point. That's when my thoughts turned to fairies.

I didn't want an all-out fairy garden with a twee little house and too cute little accessories. That seemed better suited for a yard with children to enjoy those things. I fancied a fairy that looked like it belonged in the woods.

Fiona - The Earth Fairy Garden Statue

Earth Fairy Fiona Garden Statue
Earth Fairy Fiona Garden Statue

This figure reclines comfortably with her arms crossed and her feet in the air. I feel like she is waiting for someone or something. Maybe she is just relaxing and watching the activity in the garden.

 

As soon as I saw Fiona, I knew she was perfect.

The bronze coloring gives the feeling of a well-seasoned statue or a weathered, lichen covered stone figure. I knew the figures were actually resin, making them lightweight and also reasonably priced. It also meant they would resist weathering and wouldn't rust.

I ended up buying one last year and a different one this summer. Now there are two fairies in my garden and I move them about trying out new perches for them. I think next summer I'll get a new one to keep them company.

They do indeed look adorable no matter where I place them. As I stroll mywoodland garden path that rings my yard, I check on the moss and ferns and sometimes move the fairies to new vantage points. I don't always remember where I last put one. It lifts my spirits to suddenly spy Fiona in a new spot.

A Photo Gallery Showing My Garden and the Fairies

Doesn't this look like a perfect perch for a fairy?
Doesn't this look like a perfect perch for a fairy? | Source
Here's Fiona, my second fairy. She's relaxing on a stump.
Here's Fiona, my second fairy. She's relaxing on a stump.
Here I added some moss to an existing stump. The little fern would look great with a fairy next to it.
Here I added some moss to an existing stump. The little fern would look great with a fairy next to it.
This is wolf moss.
This is wolf moss.
My first fairy from this series. This mossy spot is a perfect place for her to relax and survey the garden.
My first fairy from this series. This mossy spot is a perfect place for her to relax and survey the garden.
Pixie cup lichen and moss. You can see why it has that name. Just imagine a party of little people sipping their drinks from the little cups.
Pixie cup lichen and moss. You can see why it has that name. Just imagine a party of little people sipping their drinks from the little cups.
A mushroom makes a great umbrella for a fairy to shelter under when there's a sudden rain storm.
A mushroom makes a great umbrella for a fairy to shelter under when there's a sudden rain storm.

Chipmunks and Squirrels in Your Garden Make Good Pals for Your Fairy Folk

My chipmunks like peanuts, sunflower seeds and even strawberries.
My chipmunks like peanuts, sunflower seeds and even strawberries. | Source

Companions for Fiona

The fairies come in a variety of poses. It adds a little surprise to your yard to place one of these in different locations.

Place one of the sitting fairy figures on a tree stump, then sprinkle some peanuts about. Before long a chipmunk or squirrel will be perched there too, getting acquainted with the fairy.

Sometimes the Fairy Statues Are Unavailable on Amazon

I'm glad I bought the Ilana fairy figure last year. Today, I see it isn't available on Amazon. Hopefully, Evergreen Enterprises will make more of them so they will be available in future.

Ilana is a sitting fairy. Her wings are removable and fit into a bracket on her back.

Look around for a suitable place for Ilana to sit in the garden. She balances herself with a hand on each side. Her legs dangle down.

Wouldn't she look great sitting on the side of a small decorative pool? She might be contemplating the goldfish or wishing she could recline on a lily pad and gaze up at the clouds overhead.

How about Placing One of the Fairy Figures on the Edge of This Pool

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Earth Fairy Miranda Garden Statue
Earth Fairy Miranda Garden Statue

Miranda can perch on a rock or the border for the flower garden. You can even create a small wooden bench for her or a fairy-sized chair.

 

Find Accessories to Go with Your Fairy Figures

Isn't this metal gate a delight. When I spotted it at a rummage sale, I knew it would look perfect in my ferny garden. Then I could place one of my fairy figures further in, so it would look like she came through the gate.
Isn't this metal gate a delight. When I spotted it at a rummage sale, I knew it would look perfect in my ferny garden. Then I could place one of my fairy figures further in, so it would look like she came through the gate. | Source

Get Ideas for Your Fairy Garden from These Videos

If you want to create a special landscape that's just the right size for Fiona or the other fairies, watch some of these videos for tips. Getting plants the right size is important.

Aura - A Small Fairy Garden Statue

Evergreen Enterprises Earth Fairy Aura Garden Statue
Evergreen Enterprises Earth Fairy Aura Garden Statue

With her knees raised for her arms to rest on them, this little fairy will look sweet wherever you place her in the garden. She will even be happy on the patio or deck next to a potted plant. You could even perch her in the planter if there is room.

 

Children (and Grownups) Love Fairies

You can look around for a fairy garden workshop at a local garden store or botanical gardens. That gets your child started with fairy gardening or keep it simple and just start gathering stones and moss in your yard to create small scenes for your fairy figures.

The popularity of fairies has grown rapidly over the last 5 years. The result is quite a variety of activities like workshops and demonstrations for making a fairy house or planting a miniature garden. Here's an activity I just spotted in Maine. Maybe your area will have something similar.

"Fairy Camp
Ages 6-10 (5-year-olds by director approval)
Monday, July 18th – Friday, July 22nd 9am – 3pm
Cost: $175

Dance, create and explore the world of fairies. Throughout the week students will learn dances inspired by fairies, create works of fairy art and even build their own fairy home! Please pack a lunch and appropriate dance attire.

To register for this camp click the link below:
http://collective-motion.com/summer-camps
Please register before 7/16!"


Take Good Care of Your Fairy Figures

Since the winters are quite snowy in New Hampshire, I take my fairies inside from October through March. Although the little statues look like stone, they are a hard vinyl and painted to look like a bronze statue or stone figure. Protect them from wintery weather to make them last longer.

Each Summer I Add One More Fairy to My Garden

I haven't decided which one yet for this year. They all delight me. Should I get Ilana, Miranda or Aura?

At the moment, I'm leaning towards choosing Aura. Ilana and Miranda will have to wait for next summer.

Please Sign the Guestbook I'm sure your garden could benefit from having a fairy in it. Don't you agree?

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      Moe Wood 3 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I know my yard could use a fairy or two. This line is lovely.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I'm pretty sure my yard could use a fairy. Would add much wonder and whimsy. Love your Fiona. Congrats on your win!

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      happynutritionist 3 years ago

      How cute! The fairies have to add charm to the garden!

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      The_Storyteller 3 years ago

      Beautiful review; I love the fairies! I'll have to show this to my mom later and see what she thinks. =) Thanks for sharing!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 3 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      These are truly delightful fairies - I definitely want several in my garden!

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      getmoreinfo 3 years ago

      Beautiful I love the fairies and they make such great adornments for a garden.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 3 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Oh I love this article and your fairy garden is so lovely! Thanks for featuring my article as well. Congrats to you! :)

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      @MelanieKaren: What a delightful idea. Maybe I should sprinkle some butterfly rocks around.

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      writerkath 3 years ago

      I love those garden fairies! I never thought of them before!

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      Melanie Wilcox 3 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I like your idea. At my old house, I use to put temporary tattoos on rocks of fairies and then place the rocks in my gardens. They were tiny, but when I or someone else stumbled across one, it was a smiling pleasure.

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      Marie 3 years ago

      You have created a delightful and charming fairy garden. Congratulations on your win.

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      mumsgather 3 years ago

      This is so lovely. At the moment, all I have are toadstools and tortoises in my garden.

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