Welcome to the Fairy Garden Learning Centre

We are really excited to announce the launch of our learning centre. This resource hub is created for our customers and community members, however, we welcome everyone with an interest in fairy gardening.

What is a fairy garden?

A fairy garden is a landscape where humans experience connection with other life such as plants, animals and the fae. Fairy gardens are both naturally occurring and created. Naturally occurring fairy gardens are landscapes where humans experience a heightened awareness of fairy energy. Created fairy gardens are human-made and designed to enable connection with nature in urban environments, nurture creativity and embrace storytelling.

Created or found?

Have you ever been wandering through a park, by a lake, bushwalking or any other natural setting and had an overwhelming sense of calm? A peacefulness settles upon your shoulders and a hightened awareness of colour, sound and temperature makes you pause. You, my friend, are in the company of fairies. This feeling varies from person to person, place to place. Some people are more sensitive/open to fae energy than others.

Two environments where you are almost guaranteed to sense the presence of fairies:

The first is old growth forests. These areas have residual energy from generations of fae, making them a sacred place. Fairies work hard to protect these places in honour of their ancestors and will “bless” human visitors with heightened senses in an effort to limit any damage the human may cause by their presence.

The second most common place is areas where bushfire has left large scars. The fae will flock to these areas to help heal, sooth and regenerate. These areas tend to have a different feel and you may notice a tingling on your skin. Rather than a blessing, this is more likely to be accidental. Ever wanted to know how a tree feels when new growth emerges from its burned skin? Now you know.

 

Finding yourself in an area rich with fairy activity is an experience you will never forget. Should you find yourself wandering into these environments, tread lightly. I urge you to take great care and leave them exactly as you found them.

learn how to find forest fairies, learning centre for fairy gardeners

On the other hand, we have created gardens. Land is cleared to build housing and this results in urban areas having less green space. Fairy energy is found here but it is almost imperceptable agaist the noise of traffic, technology and the stresses of everyday living. People talk far more than they listen, imagination is replaced by moving images and we find our senses overwhelmed by synthetic sensations.  We create fairy gardens in these environments and they become “islands”. A space that bridges the gap between our world and theirs.

Let’s focus on created gardens….

Why do we make fairy gardens?

Cute little things fascinate us. It’s an evolution thing designed to evoke feelings of nurturing and protection. Gardening is one of the worlds most popular pastimes (little wonder, as we try to bring green back to our urban environments!) When you combine the two it results in the wonderful experience of fairy gardening.

Environment & Connection

There is no age or gender restriction and they require no necessary skills. Humans have an instinctive need and desire to connect with other life such as animals and plants. This connection comprises of three components

  1. Cognitive – our nature connectedness and feelings of integration with nature
  2. Affective – our sense of care for nature and our environment
  3. Behavioral – our committment to protect our environment and animals

Our core relationship with nature has a large impact on our well-being. Modern lifestyle has led to humans spending up to 90% of their time indoors and resulted in a disconnect from nature and in turn, had a negative impact on human feelings of well-being. As we become more aware of this impact, we seek ways to re-find this connection. 

The increased popularity of fairy gardening is a concequence of this desire and need to connect with other life, plus they easily fit into our modern lifestyles and urban environments. People from all walks of life and age groups are embracing the benefits of fairy gardening.

Storytelling and Expression

People who choose to delight in fairy gardening may do so because they wish to honour the fairies. Others see it as a creative outlet or a way to decorate a space. Parents, grandparents and guardians see it as a gentle way to spend quality time with children, additionally children may see it as an opportunity to engage the attention of a stressed/busy caregiver. Many of my fellow fairy gardeners are adults who work in stressful jobs or are parents to grown children who have left the nest. Over the years I have worked with grieving families who create memorial spaces and special ability children/adults for who fairy gardening opens opportunity to communicate and express themselves. In other words, we create fairy gardens for a huge number of reasons.

Among these reasons, we find the common theme of storytelling and creative expression. Creative expression helps to develop critical skills, articulate feelins and understand cause and effect. I observe the storytelling process from the beginning with our customers. The features and elements they choose tells me a lot about the stories held in their hearts. As their story unfolds, so too does their landscape. In suburbia all over the country, people are living out their epic adventures, journeying to mystical lands, making magic and finding their true selves. Doesn’t that make your heart happy? Yeah, me too.

What does a fairy garden look like?

The story of the creator is found in every fairy garden, making them all very different. For instance, you might position a single ornamental toadstool under your favourite tree, or you might have a sprawling miniature village. If your intention is to create a magical space, whatever you add and however it looks will be perfect.

Some fairy gardens are created in secret corners of the garden, others, for example are extensive multi-level communities. You might welcome high flying fairies with fairy doors in your trees, while others are welcomed into beautiful window or planter boxes. Not all fairy gardens are created in the Garden” either! Decorative bowls can hold miniature islands on patio tables, teacup gardens are a beautiful addition to window sills, bookshelves hold more stories when a fairy garden is positioned on the shelves and lots of little ones go to bed at night feeling conforted by the fairy garden in their bedroom.

Learning Centre for fairy gardeners, customer supplied image thanks to K. Honeywill

Picture perfect?

Pinterest perfect gardens might be lovely to look at, but remember that most of the images are photos of displays in gardens centres. Your garden is your space – if your heart dreams of a highly organised, perfectly scaled picturesque oasis to escape the biscuit crumbs and lego trails left around the house by your kids, then live your best life and build your oasis! If routine and structure rule your waking hours and your heart longs for rugged wilderness, then create a wild and untamed space.

A fairy garden is not a fairy garden by virtue of being small! The fairies only reside in your garden if you acknowledge and welcome their presence.

Fairy garden or miniature garden?

Fairy garden ornaments are not manufacturered to a set scale which makes them different to dolls house ornaments. If fact, we abandon scale entirely! Another difference is the positioning of the ornaments. Doll house ornaments are designed for interior placement, where as fairy garden oraments are designed for outdoor placement.

Scale is a key difference between miniature and fairy gardens. First, a miniature gardener places a higher priority on scale. In fact, if you were to take a photo of a miniature garden, in theory, you shouldn’t be able to tell if it is miniature or life size. Second, it comes back to the intention of the gardener. A fairy garden is not a fairy garden by virtue of being small! The fairies only reside in your garden if you acknowledge and welcome their presence. However, there are a million exceptions to both these ideas and I tend to think of the miniature garden v’s fairy garden debate as a sliding scale rather than a rule.

If I build it, will they come?

“How do I encourage the fairies to take up residence in my new fairy garden?” I often get asked. Ideas such as gifts, treats, bells, etc. are adorable, however, I consider them to be ways of engaging children rather than answering the question. It is far more appropriate to ask the creator of the fairy garden, after-all, it is YOUR story and I would very much like you to tell me if the fairies moved in, when, how and what happened next. The first chapter of any story should be captivating and leave me wanting to hear more. Giving you an answer would be akin to me ripping out a few of your pages! _ _ I see that you are still reading…. *sigh*… ok, here goes Fairies have been my life long companions (see about us) and if you wish to hear my answer, you must understand that it will be based on my experiences. I offer my sincerest half-hearted apology in advance to those hoping for a disney-esque type answer. I suppose those that know me wouldn’t expect anything less.

The fairies are already here and have been for a long time. The fairies are a very real presence. Wherever you find plants and animals, you will find fairies. The very important role of flora and fauna guardianship is their job. It’s kind of like a “I’ve got ya’ back” thing. You wont see them sitting on a branch painting a flower. Fairies operate at a very high vibration and their energy is omnipresent (they do not have a physical body). Their high vibrational state is key to their ability to perform this task. A flower already knows how to be a flower and can produce its own colour. The fairies simply cheer the flower on, surrounding it with love, trust, understanding, serenity, reverence and hope, enabling it to thrive and do what a flower does best.

That isn’t to discredit those who believe they have seen fairies. In fact, I suggest that they very well may have! High concentrations of energy can cause what appears to be a flicker or movement, but more often, a space that is dense with fairy energy can induce a heightened awareness of colour, sound, temperature, and your overwhelmed human brain will process that by recalling a familiar and safe image (that of a tiny winged, human shape creature). Can you entice fairies to live in your garden? No. The fact is that they are already there. Your fairy garden adventure is a journey of courage, joy, love and optimism, raising your vibration. The fairies are well aware of you, they see you. They were here long before you and have been waiting patiently for you to join them!

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  1. Select “View & Upload To Gallery” from the main menu
  2. Click “Create A Gallery”
  3. Select upload type (Photo or Video)
  4. Use the “Title” field to name your fairy garden
  5. Use the description field to tell us about your garden
  6. Select the appropriate category
  7. Click the “Create” button
  8. Select a file from your computer (or drag and drop)
  9. Ignore the “Add a link” field
  10. Congratulations! You have created your gallery.

Photo submissions must be HD quality (min. 1080p). Smart phone images are ok.

Photo’s need to be clear and MUST feature your fairy garden. We are unable to accept blurred/low quality images and they will be removed.

You must be logged in to your account to upload, edit or delete images. Your first name will be used to credit you as the author where Fairy Gardening Australia uses your image outside the gallery, examples include inclusion in our national newsletter or sharing to our social platforms.

Use the title field to name your garden. Use the description field to tell us about your garden. Why, when, what, how – your story is important to us!

Images with added text, borders or image layers (e.g. emoji’s) will not be accepted and will be removed. Please add comments, quotes etc. in the provided fields only. Subtle filters are acceptable. Read more about this in the photography tips tab. 

Gallery image submissions will be displayed in the public community photo gallery hosted by Fairy Gardening Australia. By submitting your image, you are authorizing Fairy Gardening Australia to use your fairy garden photo on our website, newsletter and social media platforms. Where possible, credit is given to the image author. 

Fairy Gardening Australia will NEVER provide your images to third parties without your express permission, however, once your image is published, we are unable to control image lifting and sharing. Further, we accept no responsibility for images appearing on unauthorized third party websites and platforms.

Fairy Gardening Australia reviews all submissions to the gallery. Images that do not meet the minimum image requirements will be removed. Upon submission, our system automatically generates a watermark on images which will appear in the top left corner. The purpose of the watermark is to identify the original source of upload.

From time to time, we receieve image requests from media outlets (TV, newspaper, magazine, blogs) to accompany our editorial contributions. If we feel that your photo would be suitable for a project or campaign, we will contact you and request written permission to use your image. This is entirely optional.

Your photo will appear in our gallery for an undetermined period of time. We may remove your image without notice or our system may auto remove your image if our gallery is reaching the maximum limit to free up space for new submissions. Once it is removed, it will be stored in our database for a period not exceeding 7 years.

You may remove your image at any time. Please contact us if you need assistance.

Our team will not provide an explanation and no correspondence will be entered into where a decision is made to reject or remove an image submission. Reasons may include but are not limited to submissions that are inappropriate, poor quality, off topic or any other reason that may make a photo unsuitable for addition to the gallery. 

We require you to have gained permission from all individuals included in your image prior to submission. (Guardian permission for persons under 18 years old). We assume that you have those permissions at the time of upload. If your personal image appears in our gallery and you did not provide authorization, please contact us immediately. Additionally, please ensure the fairy garden appearing in your image is actually yours. Image theft is the leading cause of bad juju.

We optimise space in our gallery and a maximum 20MB restriction applies to each member account. If you are close to exceeding your limit, please contact us. We will transfer your image to an archive gallery. 

We love to see the beautiful smiles of our fairy gardeners! However, if you do not want your/your childrens photo to appear within our gallery or our associated social platforms, please do not upload them here. Once images are published, we have no control over image lifting and sharing. Please refer to our Image Use Policy.

A field is provided for you to write a short narrative which will accompany your image. The content will appear in the lightbox which opens when the gallery image is clicked. Please do not include personal or contact details in this field. The contents of this field should be limited to HOW, WHEN, WHAT, WHY. Members of this website can comment on your photo. Please check back regularly and respond to comments. 

Social share icons appear in the lightbox of your image. We encourage you to use these links to share your images with friends and family across your platforms.

By keeping the tips , requirements and policy in mind, you are assisting us to maintain high quality content in our gallery. (Thanks in advance!)

upload photos to our gallery, photography tips

Landscape orientation tends to showcase gardens more favourably. We will accept portrait orientated images, however thumbnail images that appear via widgets across our website may incorrectly display your image.

Your fairy garden (or favourite part of it) should be centred in the image.

Best angle: We recommend you try 2 angles – level and 45° to find which works best for your garden.

Upload photos that feature your entire garden or your just your favourite part. Adjust your distance from the subject to find the best view. It is always better to move than to zoom.

If surrounding items do not add to the aesthetic of your garden, remove them or try adjusting your angle. Alternatively, crop them from the image prior to upload.

Refrain from adding borders, emoji’s, image and text layers or collages. They distract the eye of the viewer and do not enhance your image. You are welcome to use a filter to enhance tone or clarity, but it is best to keep this minimal. Image colour quality can be effected by a number of factors and a colour enhancement filter can correct this. Fairy Gardening Australia will not adjust, add filters to or crop gallery images. We will automatically apply a watermark to the top left corner of your image for the purpose listed in our Image Use Policy.

 

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