Fairy Gardens in February? Why Not?

 

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Me and Gretchen ( the fairy garden maven)

Deep within the winter forest among the snowdrift wide
You can find a magic place where all the fairies hide….
~Author Unknown

Dear Sisters,

Howdy from the shorelines! Are you counting the days till spring too? February may be the shortest month of the year, but in New England it feels like the longest of them all. Anything can happen weather wise. It’s been a steady diet of blizzards, nor’ easter’s ( we’ve had three so far) sleet and snow, freezing wind and pouring rain with the odd spring-like temperatures which we’re having now. We get it all in February. I’m finally beginning to understand why the snowbirds migrate south this time of year. But since I’m not quite there yet I’ve got to keep my farmgirl spirit juiced up and think of things to do to pass the time in a creative and positive way so the crabbiness doesn’t get too out of hand. So when my manager at the garden shop where I work asked if I’d like to give a Fairy Garden talk for the local Plymouth Garden Club February meeting, I said, ” of course, but only if Gretchen does it with me”!Gretchen ( pictured above ) is the shop fairy garden maven. She channels her inner fairy goddess and creates some of the prettiest woodland themed fairy gardens I’ve ever seen. Thank goodness she said yes to the talk! I had never made a fairy garden until the day before the meeting. YIKES! Once she was on board we went to work creating a selection of different sized fairy gardens to bring to the meeting.

I thought you might be craving the greens of spring too, so sit back and let your inner fairy spirit dance while I tell you all about our evening at the Garden Club. Just for effect, you should know that it was pouring rain the night of the meeting which made the 5 trips we made back and forth from my Explorer to the meeting room all the more fun. Hence the rather untamed hairdo’s we’re sporting. Our hair may have flopped but we made the most of the evening once we were all set up and by the end of the evening we felt as if we’d all been dusted in pixie dust!

The meeting was held in a historical building which used to be a library and has since been re-purposed into a beautiful art gallery and performing arts center. What a perfect venue for Fairy Gardens which are like a piece living art if you ask me!

I had no idea there were so many plants created just for fairy gardens! The variety of house plants, succulents and cacti is endless. What ever size, shape, color or texture you’re looking for it’s probably available.

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One thing to keep in mind when making any indoor garden is to plant things together that like the same light and water requirements. For example: Succulents and cacti need very little water so they make great container mates! Ferns, coleus, and other tender house plants will need more water and indirect natural light for best results.

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You don’t need any sort of special container to create a fairy garden in. In fact, all of the containers we used were procured at our local Savers and my basement stash.

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Smaller items such as candle sticks, napkin rings, mini glass bottles make for great mini planters in fairy gardens so grab few misc. items while you’re out shopping just for good measure. Broken pieces of terracotta pots allow for creating height and separation in larger fairy gardens.

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Nothing says fairy garden more than materials gathered from nature. After all, that’s where fairies build their homes so get out there and scavenge some seashells, tree bark, pine cones, twigs and branches, dried leaves, acorns, rocks and pebbles, moss and the like.

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One can also purchase Fairy Garden supplies such as, containers, fairies and gnomes, fairy houses, fairy furniture, fairy landscaping, fairy buildings, and seasonal items such as lollypops, pumpkins and Christmas tree lights! Not to mention, little garden critters like ducks, raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, slugs, snails, and turtles. The selections offered are endless allowing for all types of creativity to blossom!

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Are you ready to see some fairy gardens now?

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The ladies of the Plymouth Garden Club huddled up to the table for a closer look at the fairy gardens we created after our presentation for some Q and A time.

Here’s a closer look at each one just for you!

I called this one the ‘Champagne Fairy Garden’ because it was created in a vintage silver plated champagne glass.

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It has one live plant in it placed behind the curved bench.

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The soil is topped with moss ( which has been color- enhanced). A small little stone walkway leads to the bench. The smallest tips of some faux flowers were cut off and places along the edges for the effect of blooming shrubs in springtime.

And, for the chicken loving farmgirl. How about a Free Range Chicken Fairy Garden?

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Gretchen made the chicks and hens and the the rooster from clay that you bake and paint afterwards. Didn’t she do an amazing job? I had the easy part. I filled the galvanized metal container with moss and plopped the clay figures on top.

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Gretchen also created this terrarium Fairy Garden using a small clear glass bowl from Savers. It features a combination of live plantings, faux flowers in the garden, a fairy house and moss covered soil.

 

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I created this easy Urn Fairy Garden using plants in varying heights and textures and a few fairy garden items such as a bird bath, and a few marbles for sparkle.

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This succulent fairy garden I created looks right at home in a beautiful vintage soup dish doesn’t it?

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All it takes is one little fairy house to let the fairies know they are welcome!

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Gretchen really channeled her enchanted garden magic on this woodland themed fairy garden she created in a large round wrought iron platter, also purchased at Savers.

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The fairy house tucked way back under the trees and looks as if it grew right out of the ground there. I bet the fairies have already moved in!

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Instead of doing a demonstration we talked about each one of the fairy gardens that we brought to the meeting. Then we invited a couple of volunteers to come up and make one for themselves to take home. Gretchen and Shirley pictured above with her finished fairy garden.

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The lucky winner of the raffle!

We raffled off the largest and most enchanted fairy garden of them all at the end of the evening! Sue was one happy garden lady to be taking home one of Gretchen’s’ signature Fairy Gardens! Everyone took home a plant and hopefully our little fairy dusting was just enough magic to get us all through the rest of February!

I hope you enjoyed seeing the fairy gardens!Tell me in the comments if you have ever made one and how you liked it!

Until our next shoreline visit~ Here’s to spring being right around the corner! Go out and make some magic!

Beach Blessings and Much Love,

Deb #1199

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  1. Krista says:

    Your fairy garden adventure looks like it was a blast! I have always wanted to make a fairy garden, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. My favorite fairy garden is the large round wrought iron platter one and I want to use that as my inspiration for making my own. Maybe this year will be the year! Did you make sure to keep one for yourself?

    • Deb Bosworth says:

      Hi Krista!
      We did have a great time putting it all together. It’s a fun thing to do while there’s still snow on the ground. I hope you have fun making your own.
      Deb

  2. Joan Price says:

    Oh WOW this gives me a great idea for our garden club. These are all so inspiring. Thanks for sharing. God bless

  3. Ruth E Duckless says:

    I do Fairy Gardens. Love your selection of plants. Where do you get them?

    • Deb Bosworth says:

      Hi Ruth,
      Our nursery manager got some of them from a place called the Flower Hutch. Check out your local nursery in the houseplant section. I bet they’ll have some Fairy Garden plants to choose from.
      Deb

      • Ruth E Duckless says:

        I haven’t had much luck around here finding the “Fairy” plants that I had found listed on different sites. It looks like your nursery actually has options that are specific to Fairy gardens and miniature container gardens. I think I’ll have to end up ordering online. Thank you for the information though.

        • Deb Bosworth says:

          Hi Ruth,
          I’m sorry to hear your local search didn’t pay off. Ordering online might be your best bet. You may have to meet some minimum order requirement that way, but you could always host a fairy garden party and share the costs of the plants too! Enjoy! Deb

        • Ruth E Duckless says:

          I am hoping to do a Fairy Garden workshop this Spring. That was the biggest reason I was hoping to find a good variety of plants to offer. I have several good resources for everything else – including our local recycling center :-)

  4. Ruth E Duckless says:

    I do Fairy Gardens. Where do you get your great selection of plants?

  5. Marilyn says:

    What a fun project. The fairy gardens are lovely and inspiring.
    Marilyn

  6. michelle reid says:

    I make fairy gardens with children…favorite is taking my grandchildren to the beach and make fairy houses out of what we find on the beach…we create villages…then add mermaid houses…I love the fairies~

    • Deb Bosworth says:

      Fairy Gardens with children is the best. My daughter used to make them outside all the time when she was 7,8 and 9. Then she grew out of it as many young girls do. It’s fun watching how clever children can be using just natural things gathered from the backyard or the beach!

  7. Judy from Maine says:

    Perfect post for the long month of February in Maine. Such greenery and what fun, I’m sure the fairies were much appreciative and have set up housekeeping in their new digs,.

  8. Pamela deMarrais says:

    Hey Deb! What a fun project for February, when the need to get your hands in the dirt, but the dirt in the garden is frozen. Your post is so informative and inspiring. Thanks for the great online class!

  9. Marlene Capelle says:

    Last week I participated in a miniature show in Lakewood, CO and sold fairy garden gazing balls and bird feeder/fountains. If I knew how to post some pictures I would. In any case, it was a fun show. The fairies in my garden go south for the winter but it is about time for them to return. They are the Opalklan, so named because their wings are like fire opals sparkling in the moonlight. They were originally from Scotland and were stowaways in my ancestors luggage when they came over. Of all my relatives I was lucky enough they chose to come live in my garden.

    • Deb Bosworth says:

      You are lucky, indeed! Maybe we need to start a fairy garden thread on the farmgirl chatroom, Marlene! You could share your pictures there!

  10. What wonderful inspiration! Today it is 32 degrees and snowing in the Midwest…yesterday it was 60 degrees! While I love the snow, we’ve all been bitten by the spring fever bug!

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  12. Sylvia Jacobus says:

    What fabulous photos of lovely creations and very happy ladies. Thanks for sharing your fun! Needed on this grey, still winter day.

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