It’s not just a little child’s delight. Young at heart of all ages are enthusiastically embracing the latest gardening trend: miniature gardens.
You might have heard of them called ‘Fairy Gardens’. Whatever you like to call them, they are a delightful pastime – enjoyable in the planning and creating as well as providing ongoing enjoyment as you watch them grow and develop.
In many ways, these miniature worlds are reminiscent of the Zen Gardens so popular a few decades ago.
In case it was before your time, or you don’t recall them, Zen Gardens were tiny sandpits decorated with miniature rakes or other garden tools and perhaps a few items of miniature furniture. The idea was that they would provide a way to de-stress. People would have them on their desk, or on a table at home and would gently rake the sand to produce calming patterns. The Asian simplicity of the ‘garden’ would add to the feeling of tranquility and calm.
Today’s miniature gardens are not quite so still and serene, yet they are equally engaging.
Creating a miniature world complete with living plants, exquisitely tiny furniture and ornaments and peopling them with tiny fairies, provides a window into an ‘ideal’ world of make-believe. Of course it delights children whose imaginations are free and uninhibited. They love to interact with these Fairy Gardens, creating stories that they can play out in a tiny landscape.
Adults, too, find them fascinating. You can spend hours deciding on the look, the plants, the ornaments, the little people. Best of all, you can create as many as you like. It’s a project that can be completed in an hour, an afternoon or over a period of time. It’s totally up to you.
Is there a right way and a wrong way to create a miniature garden?
Not really, although there are better plant choices than others. To discover the in’s and out’s of Miniature Gardening we have a wonderful book in our store. It’s called, “Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World” by Janit Calro. Here’s a description of what’s included:
“Get ready to journey into the huge world of growing small!
The next garden trend combines the joy of gardening with the magic of miniatures. Gardening in Miniature is a complete guide to creating lush, living, small-scale gardens. It has everything you need to pick up this new hobby, including scaled down garden designs, techniques for creating tiny hardscapes, miniature garden care and maintenance, tips on choosing containers, how to buy the right plants, and where to find life-like accessories. Inspiring step-by-step projects feature basic skills that can be recreated in any number of designs, like a tiny patio, a trellis, a pond, and a secret garden.
Whether you want to build a miniature empire in your garden bed or design a private garden with a pebble patio for an indoor centerpiece, Gardening in Miniature is the primer for creating your own tiny, living world.”
Of course, knowledge without the tools won’t help that much, so we’re happy to tell you that we not only have a range of suitable plants in stock, we also have some adorable ‘fairy’ ornaments.
Come on in, browse, chat to us and then take your imagination on a journey to a wonderful, fascinating tiny world of your own!