A Little Fairy Gardening with Plow & Hearth
If you’ve been following my work then you know I haven’t done a lot with fairies in my miniature gardens. It’s not that the idea isn’t appealing, my Mom has always been nutty about them and the two of us would enjoy pouring over any fairy book whenever I was home sick from school. I also fondly recall being entranced with Water Babies, a book by Charles Kingsley that Mom gave me too. What is it with young, childlike figures with wings that mesmerize us so?
Now before you go sending me emails again, please note that fairy gardening is different than miniature gardening in the same way fiction is different than non-fiction. Fairy gardening is based in fantasy and miniature gardening is based in realism. It’s as simple as that. Fairy gardens tend to be focused on the houses, figures and accessories. Miniature gardens are focused on the plants, trees and garden design.
So, when Plow & Hearth approached me for a collaboration, it opened up that fairy door again and in I went. And, after an hour of searches on the Internet I can safely ask the question that hasn’t been answered yet: how do you make a realistic fairy garden? Join us on our exploration of fairy gardening with Plow and Hearth and, together, we’ll figure this out and have some fun along the way.
There are a number of very fun fairy garden items up in the Plow & Hearth store here, but for now, we focused on the furniture accessory sets for our containers because we can’t get into our soggy garden beds right now. (Working the soil when it’s wet will compact the soil and make it difficult for water, air and roots to get through. The damage can be long-lasting too.) When the weather warms up this spring, we can get out into the miniature garden bed and hash-out some more realistic layouts and ideas that I’ve been accumulating.
What about you? Do you care about realism in the fairy garden at all? Leave a comment below and tell us what you think.
This is the Ivy Fairy Garden Set, an eight piece set – includes another barrel planter that isn’t shown. We drill holes in the bottoms of the miniature planters so they don’t fill up with rainwater and rot the plants. That wee shrub on the left is a true miniature Duflon Fir, the “big” tree on the right is a grown-up Majestic Japanese Holly. See our Jersey Jewel Japanese Holly here – it’s easier to find than the Majestic.
Find the “permanent” patio solution up in our store. We used the Terra Cotta Stone Sheet and locked it in with our Mini Patio Mix Kit. These stones are level and flat – ideal for miniature furniture so they don’t sit askew.
The chairs are part of the Adirondack Furniture Accessory Set, the tree is a Jervis Canada Hemlock that has grown-in for a few years – find some younger Hemlock trees here. And that patio is made from our Mini Patio Mix Kit and our Montana Rainbow Reds Tumbled Stone (it took a couple pounds to find enough skinny ones for this design.)
All the Plow & Hearth accessories are really sturdy and they would be great for kids – as well as “big kids” like us!
See the Woodland Fairy Garden set here. The tree is an older Jean Iseli Hinoki Cypress, find a slower-growing one, the Nana Hinoki Cypress, right here. That is Elfin Thyme, a ground cover thyme that isn’t edible but makes a perfect miniature garden bedding plant. See all our plants for sun or part sun here.
Here’s the Tree Stump Fairy Garden set up on the Plow & Hearth website. It also includes a bridge that will be a lot of fun to play with in the garden bed this spring.
See our wide selection of miniature garden trees, shrubs and “bedding plants” available up in our online store. If you are a subscriber to our Mini Garden Gazette newsletter, we’ll hold your plants until your weather improves and ship them when you want. Purchase reserves the trees and quantities are limited. Sign up with us here.
Like this? Then come and meet me at Plow & Hearth’s English Village Store in Philadelphia on Saturday, March 8th at 1 pm for a living miniature plant demonstration and Gardening In Miniature book signing.