Sunday, August 06, 2006

Fairy Gardens

When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces
and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.
Sir James M. Barrie; Peter Pan

If you believe in fairies, clap your hands and get started.
There’s a popular gardening trend just for you: Fairy Gardens.

Create your miniature fairy garden wherever your imagination leads -- window boxes, terra cotta containers, a trough, wooden boxes, bird baths, or even a sandbox.

Use twigs and sticks and bark for tiny houses. Paths and a pond or lake can be made of pebbles and colored sand. When designing your landscape, keep a fairy-sized scale in mind. An enchanted forest can be made up of miniature and dwarf conifers that grow one inch or less a year. Plants with small leaves such as herbs work well. After all, in Shakespeare’s play, "A Midsummer Night's Dream,” the fairy queen Titania sleeps in a bed of thyme.

Here are a few more sources:

The magical world of fairy gardeningMini landscapes allow creativity to shine
The magical world of fairy gardeningThe Coloradoan - Fort Collins,CO,USA

Rebecca’s Garden, HGTV; September 22, 2006,1785,HGTV_3566_3479587,00.html

Step-by-step directions for children to make an indoor miniature fairy garden out of a window box or container.,1785,HGTV_3559_1667624,00.html

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