I had no idea until this week the latest trend in landscaping is called Fairy Gardens.

My editor suggested I do a story, so off to the Internet I went to find out exactly what she was talking about.

Living in downtown has its limitations, including a regular size yard to landscape, so I haven't been keeping up with the latest trends in flower beds or container gardening.

Turns out, Fairy Gardens are a hot trend right now, and have been growing in popularity since 2001. In fact, according to www.countryliving.com, Pinterest has named fairy gardens to its top 100 emerging trends for 2017.

A woman in California named Beverly Turner, the creative director for M&M Nursery in Orange, Calif., is credited with being the trailblazer when it comes to Fairy Gardens. In fact, she has co-authored a book with Julie Baudin-Davis titled Fairy Gardens -- Creating your own magical miniature garden.

The concept is just that; a miniature garden within your flower garden, all tied to the magical belief in fairies.

Whimsical, fanciful, imaginative, the assortment of accessories available in stores and on the Internet was a surprising. 

There are swing sets, dining sets, mushroom houses, colonial-style houses, garden ponds, animals, gnomes, fencing, pathways, pebbles, bird baths, and of course, fairy figurines to create a landscape that is for the little people. The products have that English, woodsy feel, as one might expect from fairies.  After all, don't they live in the forest?

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A stop at a local retailer here in Maysville during lunch revealed just how popular the trend is: half of one aisle was dedicated to Fairy Garden accessories, which range in price from $4 and up.

The M&M Nursery website, www.fairygardenexpert.net explains the concept this way. "Fairy gardening is the ultimate small space garden, usually grown in containers, but increasingly grown in the ground, too. Fairy gardening is something that all ages can do. A perfect project for tots trying out their hand at garden design to weathered gardeners trying something new."

Gauging from the photos I browsed on numerous websites, which are filled with products to buy, you can set up a fairy setting in your garden containers, making the piece the focal point.  Or if you have a larger space and your plants are in the ground, you can set up a little village or vignettes throughout your landscape.

And it's not just a traditional flower pot or flower bed that you can use to have a fairy garden.  Galvanized buckets or tubs, tea pots and cups, old bird baths, and even broken ceramic and clay flower pots can make a backdrop for your garden. 

While the photos attached to this story give you an idea of what fairy garden accessories look like, browsing the Internet for ideas will pull the picture together and give you an unlimited supply of ideas for your own home. Enjoy!


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