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The Magic of Fairy Gardens

Fairy Garden Swing at Tagawa GardensPicture a very tiny landscape, complete with small, dainty plants….. miniature tables and chairs…. pebbles creating a cobbled pathway and softball-sized rocks looking for all the world like boulders and mountains. Can you see it? If you can, you’ve just imagined the beginning of what could be your own fairy garden.

Fairy gardens are capturing the fancy of gardeners of all ages. At Tagawa Gardens, we often see grandmothers sitting down with their grandchildren– girls and boys– to create their own fairy worlds. The only requirement: a sense of whimsy, and a belief in fairies, of course. If you’re willing to try to think like a fairy or gnome, you can make a world that’s just right for a tiny woodland, seaside or mountaintop home.

Fairy gardens start with a tray or box, complete with drainage, and big enough to hold the potting soil that will give the garden its foundation. Tagawa’s has pre-assembled kits that are just right for the fairy garden you might have in mind.

Tagawa’s will gladly suggest plants that will be right at home in this miniature landscape. Not any plant will do. Small-leafed houseplants can be a great fit, and will keep the “greenery” in just the right proportion to its surroundings. Many herbs are well-suited for fairy gardens, too. Trim a lavender plant just so, and you’d swear it was a tiny tree… the perfect spot for a fairy picnic. Tagawa’s carries small herbs year ’round, for fairy gardens and windowsills.

It’s hard to say which is more fun: selecting the plants or the accessories. Tagawa’s carries a wonderful selection of tiny metal gates and gazebos….. picket fences and cafe tables…. birdhouses and beehives. Everything you need to give the special touches that fairies and gnomes appreciate.

And then, of course, there are the figurines themselves. Colorful little fairies just right for tiny hands to set into the garden, and move from one corner of the landscape to another, whenever the mood strikes. Tagawa’s also has larger, more elegant fairies…. sitting on a beautiful glass bubble or swinging from a crescent moon. The choice is your’s.

Don’t forget the dragons!! Dragons in every color and every pose…. adding a sense of adventure to any fairy setting. Are the dragons friend or foe? Only the fairies can say.

While Tagawa’s has all the fairy accessories you could want, we also encourage our fairy gardeners to gather trinkets from nature to give their garden a personal touch…. sticks and small bits of wood, pine cones, dried flowers… even acorns. You’re limited only by your imagination.

Once your fairy garden is ready, it will need good light, proper watering, and a trim now and then to keep the plants in check.

Come see us at Tagawa’s. Check out our big fairy garden, complete with a castle, fairies and their pets… and maybe a dragon or two lurking in the background. And get some gift ideas for yourself, or for the “inner fairy” of someone near and dear.

Fairy gardens are a great way to introduce kids to gardening, and have adults come along for the ride!

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Luan Akin
Luan Akin
Tagawa Gardens Outreach Ambassador

After 30 years as a news reporter for KCNC TV in Denver, Luan Akin was ready for a change. In 2008, she came to Tagawa Gardens and offered to create a brand new position: Garden Outreach Ambassador.

Luan had trained and volunteered as a Douglas County Master Gardener for ten years. In addition to her duties as a news reporter, working primarily out of the Channel 4 News helicopter, Luan also produced and presented a long-running series of stories called “Gardening Together.”

All these years later, Luan now works year ‘round, presenting a variety of gardening and nature-related topics to hundreds of children, HOA’s, gardening clubs, church groups, small businesses and other organizations.

She is an avid gardener, a beekeeper and a proud mom to four dogs who have trained her well.

1 Comment

  1. Alina

    January 26, 2016 - 11:52 am

    These are so neat! Awesome job!

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