I discovered Fairy Gardens when I taught at a lovely school for children with dyslexia in Baltimore that prided itself on play-based learning. Students had 2 recesses a day and spent a great deal of time exploring the woods on campus. One of my young students made the most delightful little fairy house out of leaves, sticks, and stones.
It stuck with me even though my own little ladies were just 2 years old and a new born. Then a year or so later, I stumbled upon some articles about fairy gardens and I pinned it thinking how lovely this would be when the ladies are a bit older. Around that time, Snug fell in love with the Tinker Bell movies and then Ity did the same within the past year. As spring is upon us again, I decided it was time. A couple of weeks ago as it was warming up and we were spending more time outside. I “planted the seed” with Snug saying that she should build a fairy garden and off she went collecting stones, sticks and mounds of dirt and moss. Of course she built it right in the community area out behind our condo and I just knew that the lawn care people would destroy it. As Easter was faster approaching, I chatted with the easter bunny and decided that he would bring fairy garden trinkets and little plants that would hold up for the summer based on the lighting on our patio.
On Easter morning, Snug and Ity’s baskets were filled with the little delights that would create magic for the girls all summer! They loved it! We spent the morning potting the plants in big pots I had set aside. Snug and Ity set up the gardens with the little trinckets and papa dug up the original garden Snug had created and brought it closer to the patio where we gated it off!
Already they swear they have seen fairies out there playing! I love it!