You might be wondering what a fairy garden is. It's a small, thematic vignette of a mythical world. As Nancy Eleder, a fairy gardener from Homer Glen, Illinois put it: "There are just so many different things you can do without a lot of shovel effort.” It is the perfect activity for grandmothers, or moms and their kids, because it allows one to express his or her creativity without backbreaking yard work (and gardening store expenses) clipping his or her wings.
There is no hard and fast definition of a fairy garden, except for that it must be a microcosm and everything is typically made of natural materials. Any weather resistant container will do, if you choose to put it in a container.
Today, we have collected the most creative fairy gardens from around the Internet. Those that appear on this list are the ones where people really galloped with the free rein they were given. They made amenities out of unthought-of materials, placed their fairy gardens in unexpected containers, and just generally made their gardens eye-catching by resourcefully bringing clever ideas to fruition.
20 The Fairy Garden of Oz
19 4th of July BBQ Fairy Garden
18 Replica of Bilbo Baggins’ House
17 The Large Gnome Home
16 Fairy Home Tree Stump
15 Fairy Garden in a Wheelbarrow
14 Fairy Garden Book
13 Fairy Garden Cinder Block
12 Fairy Garden Coffee Table
11 Hanging Fairy Garden
10 Tea Cup Garden
9 A Fireplace in the Fairy Garden
8 Fairy Garden Wishing Well
7 Snow in the Fairy Garden
6 Fairy Village
5 Houses Embedded in the Tree
4 Fairy Garden in a Suitcase
3 House Out of Trimmed Trees
2 Fairy Garden Old Lady Who Lives in a Shoe
1 Japanese-Style Fairy Garden
As we’ve seen throughout this list, the best fairy gardens are those that make the onlooker lapse into fantasy. Although it could be called orientalism, some people tend to imagine Japan as a foggy, far off land of low houses, paper walls, and screen doors. This fairy garden, perched above the rock pond, brings back cultural impressions of distant Japan, and inspires curious fascination in its onlookers. If you want your garden to intrigue your guests, presenting them with this could be an effective way of doing it.
Sources: homedit.com, pinterest, thegardenglove.com, topdreamer.com
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