While visiting Wisconsin’s Boerner Botanical Gardens in late spring, I found the center planting bed in their Herb Garden had been planted with a Fairy Garden.
Fairy Garden with Herb Plants
I found herb plants in the Fairy Garden. Gardeners imagine, for example, the very tiny leaves of thyme as a carpet soft enough for delicate fairy feet or a miniature evergreen tall enough for a gnome to sit in its shadow.
Fairy gardens are made for small spaces, whether they are inside in pots or outdoors in the ground. Fairy gardens are designed for the elfin-like characters we believe live among plants. Fairy gardens are appreciated by adults who are kids at heart. Maybe they like the “cozy” scenes and see value in small versions of big plants.
But fairy gardens are especially idyllic landscapes for children. The fairy garden not only fits a child’s smaller hands, but when set in diminutive places it gives a child an entire landscape to call his or her own. A wide saucer pot makes a perfect first fairy garden for a child.
Usually placed in woodsy settings, fairy gardens make use of moss, old wood tree stumps, and shady spots to create garden scenes. Growing plants in petite gardens is a type of gardening, an intense way to grow plants to create a story.
Fairy Garden at Boerner Botanical Gardens
Growing fairy gardens is a special kind of small space gardening design. You can use the idea that was shown off at Boerner Botanical Gardens in May, 2016, to stay gardening. The display is inspiration for creating a fairy garden; whether you add the idea to your other landscapes or you give up altogether your acres of land and embrace a small space to grow a garden.
Later on in my Milwaukee visit, I went to The Mitchell Park Domes. I saw a display of fairy garden accessories for sale in their gift shop. Fairy Garden accessories inspire us all to stay gardening.