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?
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