My girls are fairy obsessed. They are forever building little shelters & houses in my gardens using twigs & leaves and whatever spent flowers they can find. It’s all for the Fairies Mom. Oh, okay. If it’s for the fairies…
I resist the urge to tidy the random buttons and branches that they’ve collected. This is after all fairy protected habitat. But maybe, just maybe there’s a better way to coexist with the fairies. In an effort to consolidate their enthusiasm, this spring we built a fairy container garden using a bird house, a little paint and some of those loose buttons. It turned out fab. We used miniature plants like Ginkgo biloba Mariken & Thuja Orientalis ‘Morgan’ along with some small sized Sedum & Sempervivum hens & chicks.
It was a great project & a lot of fun, so we decided to do it again! This time creating a place for the fairies to play while they tend to the vegetable & ornamental balcony garden. The girls love that they can peek out their bedroom windows to catch a glimpse of a fairy relaxing by the pond. Their imaginations know no bounds.
To make this garden we needed a few special treasures. We wanted this garden to sparkle. This would help our chances of actually spotting a Fairy. Or so I’m told. We headed out to Art Knapp in Port Coquitlam to check out their Fairy Garden section. What we found was a miniature wonderland!
Art Knapp has an incredible fairy garden department. There they have things I’ve only ever seen online. It was so much fun to poke through all the little bits in person. They had fairy condo’s & patio furniture; arbors & statues. I even spotted a pair of itty bitty wine glasses! Just in case your fairies like to pound some grape.
Accessories may have filled the tables but the stunning fairy gardens took centre stage. There was enough inspiration in those small pots to fill a whole fairy world. Certainly we were going to find our treasures here.
With the help of the knowledgeable staff we picked out our treasures. It was interesting to see what the kids gravitated towards. Liz fell in love with a miniature frog statue, while Penny made an immediate grab for a mushroom. Not at all what I expected. What happened to sparkly & shiny, girls? Ha! We picked up a garden fairy, a pair of eager bunnies, a stunning copper swing set & the most adorable set of miniature garden tools I have ever seen. We had a great time losing ourselves in the fantasy.
Before we finished up at the garden centre, we stopped by the nursery to pick up some Elfin thyme & Woolly thyme to act as groundcover. Both fill so well and will offer great texture and colour in our garden..
Back at home it was time to start creating. We got out our tools, and got to work. Miniature garden style.
The patio was reused from a miniature garden I decommissioned this spring. It was an easy kit picked up at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show a couple years back. It’s held up nicely, only needing a light cleaning before being slipped into place.
To add a little bling we picked up some inexpensive glass saucers second hand to create a small water feature for our garden. We test fit them all until we found the perfect pond for our fairies.
Once the hardscaping was completed, it was time to get planting. I choose plants that will stay small in miniature & fairy gardens. Not only is it easier to maintain dwarf & miniature shrubs, but the proportions are just more visually appealing.
With the plants in the girls begun decorating. They took great care picking out the perfect spots for each item. I love the finished product, and so do the kids. I love hearing them giggle while they play in their fairy garden.
Happy kids in the garden. That’s what it’s all about.
So what made it in? Here’s the hit list.
Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Hage’ - Thuja occidentalis ‘Brobeck’s Tower’ - Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Golden Pillar’ – Thymus praecox ‘Elfin thyme’ - Thymus pseudolanuginosus ‘Woolly thyme’ & an assortment of Sedum & Sempervivums
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We want you to enjoy the small thrills of miniature gardening too! We’ve partnered up with Art Knapp Port Coquitlam to offer you a chance to win a $50 gift card to start a fairy garden of your very own. To enter you must head over to Art Knapp’s Facebook page and give them a like. You can earn a second entry by clicking through to the Dandelion Wrangler’s Facebook page and liking that as well. When you’ve done all of that come back here and leave me a comment letting me know you’ve entered. It’s that easy. Contest closes September 9th, 2013 at 9am, with the winner being contacted by email shortly after that.
(This is a sponsored post. Some of the materials for this project were provided by Art Knapp Port Coquitlam. All opinions are my own.)