Saturday, November 24, 2012

Creating A Fairy Garden

By Ellery Adams

Who says that cold temps mean the end of your gardening?

I've been working on the third Charmed Pie Shoppe mystery and was inspired to create a fairy garden. Luckily, there were enough plants left at our local store to add to this shallow box and I was so happy with the results that I thought I'd share them with you.

What you need to make a fairy garden of your own:

A wood, ceramic or plastic box.
Potting soil
Hardy begging plants like pansies, Irish moss, creeping Jenny, creeping speedwell, dwarf evergreens, sedum, and for an exotic looking tree, I used a single Pachysandra plant.
Metal dollhouse furniture
A bag of pebbles, shells, or marbles
Glitter (for fairy dust)

Arrange the plants first and then add your garden furniture and path. My daughter really wanted a birdbath so we added one, but you could make your own using a thimble or a tiny saucer. Add  more decorations like seashells, glitter, and you're ready to display your garden.








Even if you live in an apartment, you could have a terrarium fairy garden. And remember, if you do this project with a child, the fairies can come "visit" and leave goodies like a shiny penny or another trinket. In return, you can leave them berries or nuts or apple slices as a snack! I think they're absolutely magical, don't you?

7 comments:

  1. That is so neat. My grandson loves to garden with me and we were both sad that the growing season gad ended. I can't wait to show him this. Thank you for the wonderful idea!

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  2. I love this idea. the best part is the memories you are making for her. :)
    And very happy to hear we are going to be receiving more Pie books

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  3. That is such a lovely thing to do ... My mother, when I was of Trollish age, encouraged me to make whole carnivals in the yard for the fairies (not that I believed in them, it was the imagination, creativity, and miniaturisation I loved), using aluminum foil (wonderfully moldable), popsicle sticks, and various scraps of this and that. But what I remember best was that, one day, she showed up in my grad student apartment with a wide-mouthed large candy jar that she'd turned into a terrarium with moss and tiny plants from the back yard. I kept that going for years, and still have the jar. One of these years, I shall mosey on into the back yard and ... :-)

    Thank you for invoking such beautiful memories of my own mother, and my own childhood. I've no doubt your Trolls will grow up to cherish the memories you're helping create for them right now.
    --Mario R.

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  4. That is such a lovely thing to do ... My mother, when I was of Trollish age, encouraged me to make whole carnivals in the yard for the fairies (not that I believed in them, it was the imagination, creativity, and miniaturisation I loved), using aluminum foil (wonderfully moldable), popsicle sticks, and various scraps of this and that. But what I remember best was that, one day, she showed up in my grad student apartment with a wide-mouthed large candy jar that she'd turned into a terrarium with moss and tiny plants from the back yard. I kept that going for years, and still have the jar. One of these years, I shall mosey on into the back yard and ... :-)

    Thank you for invoking such beautiful memories of my own mother, and my own childhood. I've no doubt your Trolls will grow up to cherish the memories you're helping create for them right now.
    --Mario R.

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  5. This is so pretty, and your Daughter looks like she is having so much fun!

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