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Magical Fairy Gardens

Updated on February 26, 2015

A look into the enchanted world of Fairy Gardens

Magic toadstools. Pixie dust. Elves & fairies hiding in the woodland glen. Such is the enchanted world of Fairy Gardens.

It is thanks to the wonderful imaginations of my beautiful grand-daughters that this element of magic has crept into my garden.

From the addition of a simple sapphire blue marble beneath the fronds of a delicate fern, to doorways hidden in tree trunks, my garden has become a hide-away for mythical creatures of all kinds.

So whether it is a Unicorn you are hoping to entice into your private sanctuary, or you are looking for your Prince Charming in the guise of a frog, HAVE FUN, and let your imagination run wild. You never know when you might find that hidden pot of gold at the end of a sparkling summer rainbow!


Garden Fairy
Garden Fairy

History of Fairies

"Fairy peoples are thought to have descended from the race of Elves. Elves are an ancient race of magical, slender creatures with pointed ears thought to be extinct. Unlike fairies, they lack the ability to fly, which may have made the fairies a more adaptable race. Elves were once very closely associated with the land and with nature and fairies took over many of their roles in this tradition. Fairies are now air, water, fire and tree spirits...

Throughout most of the former celtic nations : Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany and Germany, the fairies are becoming things of the past. Even though fairies are commonly believed to exist today, from the eighteenth century and on they have been seen less and less. Once firmly ensconced in the minds of men, the fairies may now be in decline. That people do not often see them any more makes some argue that the fairies will eventually disappear as men stop believing in them."

Excerpt from History of Fairies: The Art of Bronwen Skye


Creating Your Own Fairy Garden

How to Begin

I have found Fairy Gardens to be a never-ending source of joy. Whether large or small, indoors or out, all you need is a bit of imagination in order to begin.

My first endeavor into the magical realm was very simple... a hidden doorway on a tree. Almost completely obscured by the leaves of a nearby hosta, and framed by some lily-of-the-valley, the doorway simply appeared one morning - much to the delight of the "wee folk".

Elfin Doorway for your Fairy Garden
Elfin Doorway for your Fairy Garden

It's as simple as that to begin.

From there, let inspiration guide you. Add a bit of garden statuary under a tree. Set a toad house under a bush in a damp, shady corner. Sprinkle some fairy dust along an imaginary path to the home of the Fairy Queen. And be sure to get a new perspective on things by getting down low to the ground and looking under leaves. After all, you never know where you might find a Unicorn sleeping in the shade.

Early This Morning

Fairy Dancing In A Tulip
Fairy Dancing In A Tulip

I had just come outside, so very early in the morning that the sun was barely peeking over the mountaintops, when I heard some gentle humming. Looking about, I followed the sound to the front flowerbed. And there, with the morning mists just rising, I saw the silhouette of a little fairy dancing inside a tulip.

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Garden Fairy
Garden Fairy

Fun Fairy Activities

Once you have created some hiding places in your garden for these tiny, winged guests, you might want to give your special fairy land a name. Preschoolers are a great help here!

And don't forget to send out invitations to local fairies, sprites, elves, wood nymphs, gnomes, and magical creatures of all sorts. They love to party and are always willing to celebrate a new haven for the "wee folk".

Whether you choose to have a real party with little children in your area, or this is entirely imaginary, glitter and sparkle on hand-written invitations to mythical creatures, and a special tea party are fun ways to spend an afternoon.

The only thing that has tended to stymie me in the past has been the menu. Gnomes and trolls are great.... they will eat anything. But those little woodsprites have preferences for the unusual. Most, however, will eat "ants on a log" (celery stick filled with peanut butter and then studded with raisins). They also love to drink sparkling red nectar - cranberry cocktail with a touch of Sprite for bubbles. Just make sure the fairies don't have too much, because the bubbles go to their heads and then they fly funny.

What's a party without amazing food? Here are some spectacular recipes from around the world guaranteed to please the fussiest little fairy or sprite.

From easy creations the kids can help with, to an adult recipe that's best saved for after the party, let your imagination run free and have fun as you enjoy tasting these wonderful creations.

Fairy Cakes for your Fairy Garden tea party
Fairy Cakes for your Fairy Garden tea party

Do you like Fairy Gardens? - I'd love to hear your thoughts

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      Jackson Colchester 12 months ago

      Where do you buy the doors and windows I am on a tight budget so I have to be careful

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      colleen touranjoe 15 months ago

      I am a Preschool Teacher and we make fairy gardens together each year.At the end of the school year we raffle them off.The kids love it and I love watching them play each day and tend to the fairy gardens

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I want some fairy food please!

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      GEMNITYA5 3 years ago

      The Time You Put In Really Shows in your Lens

      Blessings

      GEM

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      I like all of them, I am making my friend a potted fairy garden for a birthday gift. I can't wait to get started, there are too many beautiful fairies to make a decision for which one to get.

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 7 years ago

      Age is no bar to becoming a notional child and losing oneself in the world of fantasy. Looking forward to further additions to your fascinating lens.

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      What terrific timing - I'm making plans for a fairy garden at this very moment and your lens is just what I need. ! love Fairy Gardens!