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Building your own Fairy Garden

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Fairy gardens are enchanting container garden collection of miniatures focusing on fairies. A fairy garden, like that miniature dollhouse you dreamed of as a kid, can be as simple or ornate as you can imagine. Fairies love to live in a hollow old tree or a mossy hillside. They are natural creatures believed to have magical powers, according to Celtic folklore.

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Items you will need:

  • a self-draining container
  • pebbles for drainage or a path
  • charcoal
  • high quality potting soil
  • greens such as Irish moss, boxwoods, etc.
  • natural material for fairy furniture (bark, twigs, etc.)
  • fairy figurines and other décor
  • water

How to:

  • Plan – just like a landscape design for you yard, plan out beforehand what you want to include and how you want to lay it out. Have an “end” idea in mind. Most fairy gardens are themed rather than a hodgepodge of items.
  • Prep the bed – If your container is not a self draining one, drill a drainage hole in the bottom. You can also layer the bottom of the container with pebbles for drainage. A layer of charcoal will keep the soil fresh. Fill the container then with your potting soil.
  • Plant the greens. This includes your moss and your tree. A good option for ground cover is baby tears. Consider climbers as well. Remember fairies often live and play in forests.
  • Add the décor. This could include a pebble path, a bench made out of bark, a little fairy house or swing.
  • Care for your garden carefully. Since everything is so tiny, be careful when watering or otherwise tending to your garden.

Upcoming local classes:

  • Stauffer’s of Kissel Hill will hold a “how to” fairy garden workshop on Saturday, 7 June at its Lititz Store. The 10 a.m. class will be led by Laurie Fischer. Bring your own container or purchase one there. There is a $5 registration fee that covers the cost of soil and gravel. Plants and accessories will be available for purchase. The Lititz store is located at 1050 Lititz Pike, just north of the Lancaster Airport. Register at the Home Accents Desk this week or call 717-627-7654.
  • Art & Glassworks will hold Fairy House Workshops on 22 June, 13 July and 14 September. These workshops are more intense as you will actually build a fairy house from natural material. Fairy folklore will also be part of the session. All materials will be included in the $95 registration fee, which is a single day fee. The classes will run noon to 3 p.m. Art & Glassworks is located at 319 North Queen Street. The class will be held out in the Courtyard.
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