How to Design a Magical Fairy Garden

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How to Design a Magical Fairy Garden
Design a Magical Fairy Garden

Children love fairies and adults love flower gardens. Add in a few special design items and transform your flower garden into a magical fairy garden. Designing this type of garden will get your kids interested in helping out and learning a few things about gardening along the way.

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    Choose a place for your fairy garden. Pick a spot in your yard that is easily accessible to children, or consider making your fairy garden in a container for the patio or inside.

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    Research the kinds of plants fairies love best. Consult sources like Shakespeare or children's library books about fairies. According to "A Midsummer Night's Dream," the fairy queen sleeps in a bed of thyme.

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    Construct tiny pieces of furniture such as chairs, benches and bridges out of twigs and rocks. You can also find tiny fairy furniture in some specialty garden supply stores.

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    Plant small shrubs that can be trimmed to look like miniature trees. Boxwoods are easy to keep small and easy to shape.

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    Supply your fairy garden with a water source. This can be a small fountain or simply a miniature birdbath.

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    Keep sources of food for your fairies close by. They like nuts, small cakes, seeds and other tiny things to taste.

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    Write notes for the fairies and invite them to your garden. Small children will especially enjoy this part of the fairy game. Adding a miniature mailbox would be a great addition.

Tips and warnings

  • Construct a small fence or enclosure for your fairy garden. This will help remind everyone where it is and protect it from lawn mowers and other equipment.
  • Consider using plants that attract butterflies and small birds like finch. Sometimes fairies have been mistaken for butterflies as they like the same types of flowers.
  • Choose plants carefully for the area you live in if your garden is outside.
  • Water new plants each day until well established.

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