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January 17, 2012 / Otten Bros. Garden Center and Landscaping

Building A Fairy Garden – Part 1

A fairy garden is a garden complete with miniature houses and structures, furniture, plants and accessories. It creates the impression of a tiny world of the size that fairies might inhabit.  Fairy gardens are a hope to lure fairies and with them, good luck, to your home.  The garden provides an outlet for the imagination and an intriguing space for visitors to explore.  Fairy gardens can be any size,and can be planted indoors or outdoors.

We built our fairy garden in our indoor tropical green house. Our plan was to use the garden as a display to inspire other gardeners, and to show our selection of fairy garden furnishings, accessories and houses.  We’ll describe how we built the garden from the ground up, although keep in mind that this is not the only way to build a fairy garden.  Many fairy gardens are on a much smaller scale, and often planted and fashioned directly in an outdoor garden bed.  Others are indoor gardens planted in a planter or terrarium with just a few small accessories such as a fairy, an arbor and a sprinkling of decorative stones for a small path.

Chalk pattern drawn on floor, then covered with plastic sheeting, then lined with wall block.

Chalk pattern drawn on floor, then covered with plastic sheeting, then lined with wall block.

Our tropical greenhouse has a concrete floor, so we were able to build a stone wall foundation as the planter.  First we used chalk to draw the shape of our desired garden on the floor.  To protect the concrete floor from staining, we put a layer of black poly plastic sheeting on the floor covering the area to protect from moisture permeation.  We then began construction of the planter using our selected stone wall block. 

Fitting the wall block.

Fitting the wall block.

The wall block comes with curved and straight pieces.  We followed the pattern on the ground, selecting wall block accordingly.  As each tier of stone was added, we alternated placement to add strength to the walls of the structure.   There are gaps between the wall block on the curves which we didn’t mind, it provided us with space for moss and fairies!

Gaps between block were filled with moss and fairies.

Gaps between block were filled with moss and fairies.

Alternating wall block pattern for strength.

Alternating wall block pattern for strength.

Once the stone wall planter construction was complete, we lined the interior of the planter structure with landscape fabric to prevent dirt from falling through the cracks between the wall block. 

Lining the interior with landscape fabric to eliminate soil from falling through the cracks.

Lining the interior with landscape fabric to eliminate soil from falling through the cracks.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fill the lower garden bed with mulch, then add soil in the upper planting zone.

Fill the lower garden bed with mulch, then add soil in the upper planting zone.

We then filled the lower one-third of the planter with mulch, in an effort to save on soil as our small plants would not require this deep of container for growth.  The remainder of the stone planter garden was then filled with soil.

With the stone wall block garden structure complete we are ready to move on to decorating the fairy garden.  Stay tuned for our next post.

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  1. Cherie / Jan 31 2012 3:34 am

    Nice way to decor the garden. I thnk children will love it.

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