Raul from Earthfairy.com.au has some top tips on how to bring a fairy garden to life, whether indoors or outdoors. Read on below to get some inspiration for your setting’s next project…
A fairy garden is a miniature piece of art. Such gardens are the product of numerous magical fantasies. Bedtime stories read to us during our early childhood by our parents or grandparents helped us to sleep peacefully and influenced our fairy-inspired dreams. But we were not content with that. We wished to visit that enchanted piece of land, most commonly wonderland from Peter Pan! But it is possible, by creating a magical fairy garden.
This gardening trend is very popular nowadays, especially in Australia. The most amazing feature of this garden is that it can be portable, thanks to its mini size. You can move this garden indoors or outdoors as per the weather conditions.
Creating a fairy garden at your setting is the perfect activity to engage children’s imaginations. This will help them to learn new things like taking care of the mini plants by watering them regularly and providing them proper sunlight. Such activity will bring them closer to nature. Now you must be thinking “How can I engage the children in this activity?” well, one of the ways to encourage this is by building a fairy garden around a fairytale fantasy. It can be Cinderella, Rapunzel or Snow White.
Such fairy gardening is not expensive and you would be surprised to see that there are a lot of ideas where the fairy garden is built mostly from recycled materials. Below is an example of how you can recycle broken terracotta pots. Check this out!
Accessories you will need:
- A pair of gloves and goggles
- Broken terracotta pots (if broken pots are unavailable, then you might need to willingly break some)
- Gravel and potting soil
- Minature plants
- Fairy accessories
Here is what you need to do:
- First of all, if you don’t have a broken terracotta pot available, you need to break one by drawing a zig-zag region on the outside with a pencil. Then, take a screwdriver and a hammer and slowly tap into the drawn lines. Be careful, as the broken edges are very sharp!
- Now, start working with the broken pieces. Don’t worry if the pieces don’t fit at first. You might need to break bits from the pieces in order to fit them
- Use the potting soil to stabilise the pieces
- Start adding the miniature plants
- Add a fairy house (place a mound of soil at the back to position it firmly)
- Place a mini staircase for the fairies to climb
- On top of the fairy house, you can place a fairy statue
- Place a saucer underneath the fairy house, before adding water into it
- Water the garden carefully (try to water at the base of the plants)
Some more fairy gardening ideas and tips
Seasonal fairy garden
This is a landscape fairy garden so, of course, it is not portable. This is a bigger project and the lush greenery looks amazing with the combination of coloured flowers. There is also a bird shower with little birds. The advantage of this garden is that you can change the season, as fairies also do have seasons like us.
If you want to make the season winter, then put some white sand on top of the roof. Then, place a chimney behind the house to represent the fireplace. Spread some of the white sand around the house to represent snow.
Fish-bowl fairy garden
Even this one is a simple, yet beautiful. All you need is some mosses, some miniature plants, some red mushroom ornaments and white pebbles.
You can use different animal statues.
Bonsai fairy garden
Bonsai trees also make the perfect addition to any fairy garden, as you can see in this image.
Festive fairy garden
You may have seen fairy gardens during the daytime, but why not consider what the fairy garden will look like during the night?
Use string lights to lighten up the garden and create a magical view.
Gnome door fairy garden
This fairy garden is quite simple to make. All you need is an old wood plank, a gnome door, a small bridge and some gravel.
Place the gnome door in a central position on the plank and secure it with an adhesive. Now, remove some mud from the front in a horizontal manner so that it may represent a dry stream of water. Fill the area with gravel and place the mini bridge over it. Put some ferns around the door and a small window above it.
Fairy gardens fire up the imagination of young children, which is a great recipe for learning. When it comes to creating these gardens, the very best resources can be provided by the natural environment. In addition to this, containers such as wheelbarrows, old plant pots or even vegetable troughs can become useful vessels upon which to build such a garden. So why not add a touch of fairytale magic to your childcare setting today?
As with any activity in a childcare setting, staff will need to carry out an appropriate risk assessment before creating a fairy garden.
Send images of the magical fairy gardens that you’ve created at your setting to firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to feature in the next edition of the Parenta magazine.