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Fairy and miniature garden workshops abound for children and adults, for free

Licensed Landscape Architect Mary Palmer Dargan teaches miniature fairy garden workshop.
Licensed Landscape Architect Mary Palmer Dargan teaches miniature fairy garden workshop.
Courtesy of Mary Palmer Dargan

Miniature herb and "fairy garden" workshops will take place this week and throughout the summer so children and adults can have the opportunity to build their fantasy gardens--but on a smaller, more affordable scale. And for those who are looking for a free demonstration and activity the whole family can participate in together, The Messenger-Gazette reported on June 17 that the Manville Public Library in Manville, NJ has you covered.

Manville will hold a miniature herb garden workshop on June 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the city library, and they urge advance registration, as seating will be limited. You can register for that workshop here.

The Dovecote Garden in Cashiers, NC will also hold their "Miniature Fairy Gardens Workshop" from 10 o'clock to noon on Thursday, according to proprietor Mary Palmer Dargan, who told the Atlanta Landscape Design Examiner on June 17 that "the demonstration will be free" and you do not have to purchase the optional miniature garden kit just because you attend.

There will, understandably, be a fee of $45 for those who do wish to purchase a starter set of miniature garden supplies for personal use during the Dovecote workshop, which will include a choice between one of three kits: Vine, Wildewood or Willow. The kit will also contain a choice of miniature garden pet pieces (a cat and two chickens, a set of three dogs or four bunnies), as well as sedum ground cover, a tiny tree, and filler material for the container.

In addition, the purchase will include a PDF and video about the "8 Key Ingredients" needed for a miniature garden, so the overall purchase to create your fantasy garden will be cheaper than what you might spend on just a plant or two for your real garden.

A seating limit of 24 is in place for the free demonstration at Dovecote due to space availability, so, like the Manville event, register now to secure your spot if you want to attend, which you can also do by calling (828) 743-0307.

Miniature garden enthusiasts might wish to subscribe to the Atlanta Landscape Design Examiner column here in advance, as a free PDF booklet will be shared with readers by Dovecote following the one-day event.

In Dearborn Heights, MI free gardening presentations abound this summer as well, including a free Aug. 2 presentation at 10 a.m. about "what's involved to create a garden designed to attract magical fairies," according to Heritage News. Those interested in this free workshop should register by calling (313) 278-4433 or visit

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