Wednesday, January 13, 2010

fairy gardens

I've just discovered fairy gardens. Slow, I know.

What a delightful way to captivate the imaginations of young children!

A fairy garden can be in a small patch of garden bed, or they are just as effective in a largish pot or planter, making them ideal for smaller spaces. 

Take a look at this one from The Magic Onions:

Fairy Gardens don't have to be elaborate or even permanent.

I like this arrangement of different sized pots at different levels:

Fairy gardens work best alongside already established small plants or herbs, to create some atmosphere. 

Planting suggestions include:
  • lavendar
  • rosemary
  • sage
  • chives
  • geranium
  • fuchia
  • asparagus ferns
  • mosses, lichen 
  • african violets.
Imagine laying out a blanket next to the fairy garden with a basket containing special treasures such as smooth pebbles or coloured glass to inspire the children to add their own touches to the garden.

Or perhaps some dinosaurs, small animal figures or dolls furniture to inspire imaginative play.

Have you created a fairy garden?  Did you have one as a child?


  1. I want you to know that not only have you inspired me, but now it's infected most of our parent community as well. I'm to write a proposal/discussion document by Monday and we're hoping to transform our playground by the end of February! Given that I have 80+ sets of arms and legs to do the work, I don't think that's unreasonable.

    Now I'll know to include a spot for fairy gardens in my planning. They're like outdoor doll houses!


  2. Hi Tom - I'm well chuffed someone is actually reading my blog, let alone being inspired by it :)

  3. Jenny we think the fairy gardens are a wonderful idea too and look forward to creating something similar for our children at kinder. At 'Irresistible Ideas for play based learning' our mantra is "make it irresistible" and with fairy gardens like these that's exactly what we'll do.

    Thanks for the irresistible idea!

    Donna and Sherry

  4. I love this idea Jenny. Look forward to making one with my kids soon.

  5. I have to tell you that the thought of a fairy garden made me think of new age weirdness. Sorry. However, after seeing this post..I am all in! That is the cutest thing ever! I was NOT looking forward to planting this year. Just so much going on. You have sparked me into creative mode. How cute. My little ones will love doing this. Just adorable. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Hi Jenny
    Jaspers mum here from preschool. I love you're blog .Now i see the inspiration behind Jazz's conversations after pre school, i miss chatting with you about his day. Thankyou for being a wonderful teacher.