Every gardener needs a little whimsy and Sarah Green, a self-proclaimed lover of fairy gardens, gave members of Botanica Garden Club a tutorial on creating miniature landscapes of their own at a recent meeting held at Dothan Nurseries. Unlike working in your own garden, designing a fairy garden is all creativity and fun minus the sweat! This is also an excellent kid friendly project that can be done with minimal attention spans, and could “plant some seeds” to instill a love of gardening in your children or grandchildren.
Sarah pointed out that the first step is choosing a container , which can be anything from an a rustic galvanized container to a decorative ceramic container. Adequate drainage is very important so use a concrete bit to drill a hole if needed. Use a good quality potting soil – preferably one without added fertilizer and pearlite. Excessive fertilizer will cause the plants to outgrown the garden too quickly.
After making a container selection, accessories should be picked out. Miniature furniture, gazebos, hammocks, churches, houses, umbrellas, tree swings, dog houses, bird houses and chandeliers are just a few of the endless possibilities of accessories that can be used.
Select plants of varying heights. One rule of thumb is to select one tall plant and then to create “S-shaped hedges. Succulents, Maidenhair fern, Ruby Red Spike Moss, Sedum, Gold Club Moss , and String of Pearls plant are excellent selections to add depth and texture to your garden. Small hedges can be created using different plants. Try adding an airplane plant to create interest.
Stepping stones, decorative mosses, and gravel can be used to create walkways throughout your garden. As finishing touches add taller pieces such as a bird house, and tuck little animals in nooks and crannies! And, don’t forget the fairies!
Water saver beads can be used to create magical ponds in a fairy garden.
The combinations and type of materials to create a miniature garden are virtually limitless!
More inspiration from Sarah …..
“Every time you look at it, you should see something new”. – Sarah Green
Another innovative idea was creating a fairy garden on the rimmed metal work area of a potting bench!
Sarah’s Tips for Creating the Perfect Fairy Garden –
1. Use a good container mix. Stay away from potting soils with pearlite and added fertilizer.
2. As a general rule, drench miniature gardens once per week with a watering can. However, water requirements will vary with the type of plants and the sun conditions.
3. Pruning is very important and should be done as need with scissors.
4. Drill holes in containers if needed to provide proper drainage so root rot will not occur.
5. Revamp plants as needed. Plants should grow well for about 8-12 months.
6. Succulents are “a must”!
7. Use your imagination to create a miniature garden that reflects your personality or choose a theme!
Two of our talented Botanica Garden Club members created their own unique fairy gardens, pictured below. Marie Stone’s creation is in a galvanized container while Chan Ham’s design is a Easter themed garden that reflects her interests and personality.
Use your imagination, creativity and a pinch of time to create your own mesmerizing fairy garden! Create a little whimsy in your garden and attract those elusive little fairies to your garden..
Leave room in your garden for the fairies to dance!