Healthy rewards from small spaces
By planting a miniature garden and adding some fairy accessories, you can create a container garden with a purpose. Miniature gardens with specific themes, such as a fairy garden, are swiftly becoming an emerging trend for year-round gardening enjoyment. Beach, camping, and farm scenes are trendy for outdoor summer gardens. Holiday figurines can accent an indoor mini garden to change with the seasons.
The Origins of Fairy Folklore
Before talking about fairy garden ideas, I thought it would be fun to explore the folklore behind fairies. Under the grouping of fairies you might hear talk about pixies, elves, or gnomes, but the traditional fairy is a tiny human-like being with fluttering wings, although some darker portrayals present an image of an animal-looking creature. Through the folklore, fairies have traits that range from magical to malicious in their efforts to protect their living domain. One famous fairy that is world-known is the delightful Tinker Bell who supplied the magic in the stories about Peter Pan. Today, the lineage of fairies can be classified by type or magical function.
The fairy myth begins when Irish ancestors living in the British Isles who were known as Tuatha de Danann were driven underground into the forest as a result of battles over power and land. This race has been described as the pre-Christian deities of early Ireland (kings, queens, and gods & goddesses of civilization and virtue) who were supernaturally gifted.
To avoid a battle with the Milesians who occupied the Iberian Peninsula (the areas around Spain) and was attempting to take over new lands, a mediator assigned the land above ground to the Milesians and allotted the land underground to the Tuatha de Danann. Though once described as giants, the myth suggests that fairies grew smaller in size as time passed and their existence became known only though legend. They use the cover of the forest to come out of the underground to play, dance, and interact with mankind.
So in the spirit of the fairy legend, the fun and intrigue of keeping a fairy garden will provide a mini-forest as a place of refuge for the fairies to visit.
Is easy to create an enchanted forest fairy garden
A miniature garden can easily be made in any shallow container and enjoyed on a deck or patio area or placed indoors near a window. The small plants used for a fairy garden can vary from houseplants to perennial ground covers, herbs, moss, succulents and cactus, and dwarf varieties of shrubs and bonsai trees. For a summer garden, select small vibrant annual flowers you can easily find at garden centers such as alyssum, phlox, verbena portulaca, and calibrachoa, Tropical plants such as ferns are even offered in miniature form, so there are plenty of plants available to created an enchanted forest look for a fairy garden.
Selecting miniature garden accessories and fairy statues is a fun way to set up an enchanted garden that will be a fun activity for introducing gardening to children and delighting the young-at-heart.
For more ideas about creating a fairy garden, check out our fairy garden photo gallery
Hello gardeners. We are James LeValley and Cathy LeValley, owners of New Earth Micro Farm and passionate gardeners of fast and easy growing using small spaces. Waiting 3 or 4 months for a vegetable to grow - not for us. Growing micro and mini vegetables in 10 to 60 days provides a quick turnaround to support organic growing methods for greater nutrition.