With a little imagination and a few basic materials, fairy gardens can add magic to your indoor and outdoor living space.
Tonkadale paved the way for fairy garden enthusiasts and leads the nation in fairy garden plant material and accessory selection. We were named Best Resource for Fairy Gardens in 2013 by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
What are fairy gardens?
Fairy gardens are miniature landscapes created using small-scale plants and accessories. These little scenes are essential for attracting those little elusive fairies to your home and garden.
An outdoor fairy garden can be as small or large as your area allows. Choose a spot beneath a hosta leaf, under a tree in a shady spot, in a birdbath or an abandoned tree stump. Add a bench, a tiny birdhouse and a bird bath and you have a secluded place for fairies to linger. If you have room, add a path that leads to a lighted house complete with a picket fence.
Plant small terrarium-sized plants like baby tears or ivies. Hang a tire swing on a nearby branch to entice an entire fairy family to move in. The possibilities are endless!
Fairy garden folklore
Common Celtic belief is that fairies were driven away by humans to live in the other world. However, many fairies have chosen to stay among us.
Fairies wear flowers for clothes, which makes them hard to find. They are said to have magical powers, are very shy, and tend to be a little mischievous. Fairies like to play tricks; they move things around in the garden and hide things just for their own amusement. They love to dance and play. If you look closely, you may see them dancing in the dark with the fireflies.
While they make their homes in the holes of trees, fallen logs, and mossy hillsides, they are never ones to turn down a ready-made dwelling. Fairies would rather play than work; a fairy house and a garden is always appreciated..
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