by Nicholas Walker, Brand Ambassador for kathy ireland Designs – Jardin
Children love fairies and fairies love gardens so a putting the two together and making a fairy garden is a great way to get kids to enjoy the magic of the outdoors. A fairy garden conjures up images of wildflowers and babbling brooks, a hidden corner where tranquility resides amongst natural beauty. To make a magical spot in their backyard all kids need is some imagination, grownup inspiration and some good old fashioned hard working little hands. Here are some tips to help them get started:
- Choose a shady place in your garden that offers some seclusion, if that is not possible then you can create privacy with a trellis or shrubs and trees.
- Plant delicate flowers, bluebells, honeysuckle, lily-of-the-valley, foxglove, thyme, pansies, violets.
- Ferns are wonderfully easy to grow and firm fairy favorites as they flourish in wooded, shady environments.
- Add a water feature a fountain or a pretty bird bath, though not a babbling brook they will add charm and peacefulness to the setting.
- Natural objects like stones or wood can help make the space seem more natural, like a woodland grove.
. Most nurseries carry garden accents and fairy figures will add a whimsical
touch to this magical spot.
. Stringing lights around the area amongst the trees and shrubs makes it a twinkling
wonderland, well there is a reason that they are sometimes called ‘fairy lights.’
. Birds are an important part of any fairy grove and placing one or two bird
Feeders and pretty bird house will add charm and wildlife to your corner.
. kids would love a place to sit in this lovely spot and a miniature bench
would do the trick nicely; just think natural materials as plastic is not a fairy
There is nothing more enchanting than seeing kids enchanted with the outdoors, away from television screens and computer games. Making a fairy garden is a wonderful way for kids to fall in love with nature and delight in their own hard work, magic indeed.