Creating a fairy garden is a fun and constructive activity for the whole family, and a great way to introduce children to gardening, teach them about the design process, inspire their creativity, and teach them how to properly care for plants.
Many local garden centers feature beautifully made fairy garden furniture, décor, and dwarf plants. You can also try crafting your own miniature furniture from wire or recycled aluminum cans, and weaving place mats out of twigs or stems you have pruned in the garden. Fill acorn caps to the brim with tiny seeds from your flowers to make fairy seed buckets.
What you’ll need:
- A large container (at least 24” in diameter if round; at least 24” wide and long if square or rectangle)
- Fairy-garden props: furniture, fairies, decorations, small stones, etc…
- Potting soil
- Seeds for low-growing container plants such as; sweet alyssum, bluebells, Yellow Buttons daisies, forget-me-not, impatiens, lobelia, pansies, portulaca, and violas.
- Fairy garden plants from your local garden center such as; dwarf ferns, scotch moss, polka-dot plant, dwarf thyme, and ripple peperomia.
First, select where you want to place your fairy garden based on the exposure needed by the plants you choose. You can build your fairy garden in a large container or directly in the ground.
Next, head to your local garden center and pick up some fairy garden décor. We are using a small house, mushrooms, fairies, gnomes, and some pebbles. You can also build some natural décor from twigs and other stuff around the garden. Check out this blog for more info: Nature Inspired Fairy Garden
Fill your container with potting soil, and sow seeds or transplant plants directly into the container.
Next, get creative! Place fairy garden décor among the plants, or places where the seedlings will emerge, to fashion an enchanted garden that will delight and attract fairies.
Water, watch and wonder. As your plants grow, keep them trimmed to a tidy, small size. Once you’ve made a fairy garden, you’ll be drawn to it every day, and want to share the pleasure with friends and family. Enjoy!
We’d love to see how creative you get with your fairy garden. Hashtag your creations with #botanicalinterests on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.