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Dirty Hands: Gardens to brighten your home

The Wildflower Gurus
Daily Correspondents
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyFairy gardens are easy and fun to make and are great gifts for family and friends. This is a great activity for kids to do with their mom or grandmother. Fairy gardening is fun for people of all ages.
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Fairy gardening has taken the country by storm. These miniature gardens add charm to any home, both inside and out. What exactly is a fairy garden? A fairy garden is a miniature garden complete with fixtures and actual living plants. It is designed to lure fairies and their accompanying good luck to your home. It’s a tiny space created and tended with love. The design and components are limited only by your imagination and the fairies encourage you to be extra creative in crafting the perfect abode.

Fairy gardens can be made in any type of container. A simple wicker basket, a glass bowl, a terrarium or lantern or even an unused birdbath all make perfect fairy gardens. Once you decide on the container, it is time to select plants. The important thing to remember in choosing plants is to make sure they all need the same amount of sun and water. You do not want to mix a cactus, which does not want very much water, with a maidenhair fern that loves water. Your local independent garden center can help you with plant selection. It is recommended that you have at least three plants in your fairy garden; this is true for any type of container that you are planting. The three type of plants should represent the following:

A “thriller” – this is the focal piece of your fairy garden. Examples include mini-bloomer, colorful coleus or dwarf myrtle trees.



A “spiller” – this would include angle vine, ivy or creeping fig.

And, finally, a “filler” – baby tears and sedum are two common fillers.



The final step, before planting, is deciding on which accessories you are going to incorporate into your fairy garden. Popular accessories include arbors, chairs and benches, bridges and tools. You also will want to select a fairy, if you have not done so already. Your fairy selection will help you with an overall vision of their new home.

You now have the container and the plants; it is time to construct your fairy garden. Using a high-quality potting soil, gently place your plants where you want them, keeping in mind any accessories you are going to use and leaving enough space for a pathway. Fairies have places to go and things to do, and they need a way to get there. Once the plants and accessories are in place, add your pathway, which can be rocks, broken pottery or glass beads. It is now time to invite your fairy to move in.

Fairy gardens are easy and fun to make and are great gifts for family and friends. This is a great activity for kids to do with their mom or grandmother. Fairy gardening is fun for people of all ages.



Spring is a great time of year to plant a fairy garden while the weather outside is not quite ready for us to play in the dirt. The Wildflower Farm has a complete line of fairy-garden supplies, new for 2012. Stop by and check them out. Classes are also a great way to be inspired and have fun. If a fairy-garden class interests you, submit your request to Wildflower Farm.

The staff at the Wildflower Farm in Edwards writes this column together. The Wildflower Farm is located in Edwards on U.S. Highway 6. Reach them at 970-926-5504 or digit@thewildflowerfarm.com. For more gardening tips and education, sign up for Wildflower Farm’s educational newsletter.


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