Fairies bring a little bit of enchantment to gardening

Fairy gardening is a new trend in miniature gardening that inspires creativity and whimsy.
BY HEATHER WARLICK hwarlick@opubco.com Published: March 4, 2013
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According to faeriemagick.com, a blog all about fairies, they also like tidiness, especially in the kitchen. They love bits of bread and cake, a thimble-full of milk or water, glittery and shiny things such as small bells, marbles and jewelry. They like happy music and soft lighting.

Fairies are afraid of sharp metal things like scissors and they are said to dislike eye contact, because (the blog explains) “It is said that you can gain control over a fairy, especially a Leprechaun, if you look him or her straight in the eye and hold that gaze.”

You can create your garden in a traditional pot, or get creative by using unexpected and found objects such as a bird cage, an old wrought iron chair, a hanging planter. Or forgo a container at all and create your fairy haven at the base of a large shady tree or someplace else a fairy would find inviting.

“Watching peoples' faces when they first encounter fairy gardens is a little like seeing kids finding everything they want under the tree on Christmas morning,” Turner writes.

When Turner got started, fairy gardening wasn't as popular as it's become today, so she had to get creative finding and creating accessories. Some people use dollhouse accessories, some build their own and others purchase miniature accessories specially designed for outdoor use.

These accessories are sold at many local nurseries, including TLC's two Oklahoma City locations and Tony's Tree Plantation, 3801 S Post Rd. Hobby Lobby carries a selection of fairies accessories but said they're selling quickly and likely won't get more until next spring.

Many Internet sources sell them as well. Two good sites are fairygardenexpert.net and miniature-gardens.com.

The book contains a chapter called “Miniature Plants for Fairyland” that includes a comprehensive list of good plant choices for miniature gardens.

Likes:

• Tidiness, order, and cleanliness, especially in the kitchen

• Bread and cake — little bits set out in the evening

• Something that clearly invites them. The fairy door is a good example.

• Milk or water, set out in the evening, perhaps in a nice thimble (but not one made of iron or steel)

• Glittery and shiny things — small bells, marbles, jewelry (no iron or steel)

• Music — light, happy music, even singing in the shower can help

• Low lighting — they are most often seen at dusk and dawn, but a small candle (electric is OK) can guide them to your home

Dislikes:

• Iron things. Especially scissors left out in plain view. Pins, knives, anything made of iron will frighten them, sometimes.

• Clutter, disorder, stacks of things that haven't been sorted, and so on

• Bells. I know that some fairies like bells, but they are their own bells. If your cat wears a bell, or you have a very rude alarm clock, or something like that, the noise may drive away the fairies.

• Water. Many “psychic” experiences are attributed to a deep, hidden stream under a building. Some fairies are the opposite: They don't like to cross a stream, hidden or visible. (Then again, we have plenty of fairies who live in or near the water, so this isn't a firm rule.)

• Looking them in the eye. It is said that you can gain control over a fairy, especially a Leprechaun, if you look him/her straight in the eye and hold that gaze.



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