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The Secret World Of Fairy Gardening

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Once upon a time, there was a whole world of tiny miniature fairies and their animal friends in a land far, far away. As time went on, these magical fairies decided they wanted to spread their joy throughout Earth, and the art of Fairy Gardening began.

The first to actually see these tiny creatures, of course, were children. You and I both know that children have the remarkable ability to sense things. As we grow into adults, that ability tends to fade over time, till once day we have children ourselves. Through their eyes, we can see things we long since had forgotten.

You might ask, where do the fairies live? They live under trees, inside gardens, or on a leaf of a favorite plant. They live in the forest and river banks. Some have even been known to make their homes right there in your home. I have found that if you create a space, they show up.

Sometimes just adding a little bench under a branch of a leaf is all that is needed. Many love seeing other additions we can place for them, like make-believe fairy friends or tiny little animals like the frog in the lotus blossom above. The one thing I know is that a fairy garden can add some whimsical fun to your garden.

My granddaughter, Zoe, turns 5 in March, and I think it will be time for us to create a new fairy garden. When her brother was much younger, we had it all set up under a large fir tree in my front yard, which sadly is now gone. With Zoe’s help, we can create a new place under the 40+-year-old Japanese Maple we have.

Zoe already loves to play under the branches when it leafs out, so I think it will be the perfect secret place for the new community. Did you play with dollhouses growing up? What about making roads in the garden for your Hot Wheel cars to drive over? While many believe only children enjoy the world of fairy gardening, the truth is, so do many of us.

I would love for you to share your ideas and wishes for the little creatures in your world. This new garden is for my granddaughter, but the truth is it really is for me—my outdoor dollhouse. As the buyer for all things fairy gardening while our garden center was open, I was always searching for something new. Of course, when we closed the retail store, I no longer had an outlet for supplying you with all your miniature gardening needs.

Luckily I have been in contact with a few of our old suppliers, and they have agreed to let me place a 2021 order. While you are waiting for the new order to arrive, we have a small selection of fairy garden items that came home with me when we closed the store. They reside in our Online Gift Shop. Now 25% off through February 3rd!

Stephanie Fleming: Beyond Behnke’s

Watch & Learn How To Create Your Own Container Fairy Garden
Recorded in 2013 with Carol Allen

How To Create Your Own Container Fairy Garden

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Thanks for bringing up a vision of the past when I was growing up in my yard. For me, it was digging up the yard with steel excavators. When I finally moved on my Mom said she was never so glad. She thought I would never grow out of that. Little did she realize that there were worse behaviors on the horizon. As I grew the toy excavators turned to shovels that I and the neighborhood kids used to dig foxholes, build dams, and create islands in the creek below the outhouse. My next lesson was how to use a washing machine. That skill saved me several warm posteriors over the next few years and was well worth it.


  2. Thanks for sharing this story with me. I was extremely lucky to have the whole nursery as my playground. Many days would find us along with the neighborhood kids playing in the pansy beds with our cars, trucks, shovels, barbies, and Army men. Life was so much easier back then.

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