Are you ready for begin your fairy garden adventure?

Every fairy garden is as special and unique as the person creating it. Our fairy garden tips are here to inspire you and provide some general guidance. If you are creating with kids, take a look at our special childrens section. Our Fairy Garden Learning Centre is loaded with cool info and helpful advice, so be sure to visit and check back regularly for updates and added resources.

There is more to a fairy garden than just the fairies! Very important (and a little less exciting) components like containers and plants need to be considered.

So, let’s begin with the basics….

Container Gardens

It might be tempting to pop down to your local hardware store and grab a container, but take a look around home first. Old wheelbarrows, drawers, wooden boxes, birdbaths – they all have a previous life and their story will add another chapter to yours! Consider re-using and re-purposing, even if they are broken. Broken items can be mended or featured and the results can be amazing (because we all love broken pot gardens).

Garden Beds

If you havent read our product care guide yet, now is the right time to head over there. In the guide, I offer some important fairy garden tips on mindful positioning of your ornaments. Garden beds are a great option, especially for kids. They usually have the space for your fairy garden to expand over time and ground level gardens allow easy access for your children.

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Choose a container or garden bed that is bigger than what you think you will need. As you add elements, the space will fill quickly. Leave plenty of space for the plants to grow and fairies to dance!

Be Creative!

Think teacups, decorative bowls, terrariums… any container will work. If you are using real plants, your container will need a drainage hole.  Fairy gardens add magic to any space – think window sills, coffee tables, patios, book shelves.

Plants

Visit your local garden centre

Even though I am often asked, I am reluctant to suggest that any particular plants might be better options than others. Australia is a huge place that covers a massive range of environments, so plants that thrive in far north Queensland may not do as well in our alpine regions. Choosing plants that grow well in your region is always the best option and the staff at your local garden centre are a great resource.

If you are creating a garden with a child, you will have loads more fun if you take them with you! (seriously, got a neice, nephew, friends kids, take them too!) Children love garden centres. Prior to arrival, charge them with the task of choosing plants that the fairies love most. Children are very good at this. Encourage them to feel the texture of the leaves, smell the leaves and blossoms, look at the shape and patterns of the leaves, learn about the needs of each plant by asking the staff or reading the pot tags. Find out if it will grow well in your creative space – does it like sun or shade?

Tips for fairy gardening with kids

Plant Varieties

Plants with small leaves, bonsai and slow growers are pretty in a miniature garden, but remember that the fairies love all plants. They do not discriminate because of size, colour or variety. It is not necessary to keep your plants in scale with your garden. In fact, larger leafy plants will create shade  and shelter, protecting both the enchanted residents and ornaments. I am particularly fond of creeping ground covers. They tend to grow quickly and their fine root system aides secure positioning of products with stakes.

Tell your family, friends and neighbors that you are creating a fairy garden. If they have a plant that you admire, ask for a clipping. They may have some plants that need a new home and will love the opportunity to contribute to your garden

You might consider sticking with a certain theme. For instance, a herb garden looks beautiful, smells amazing and brings the magic into your kitchen (and belly!). Potted colour is eye catching and instantly rewarding. Succulent gardens are low maintenance and their other-worldly shapes add intrigue and a touch of quirkiness.

It is critical that you follow the safety advice on the packaging of potting mix. Particals within these products can become airborne during transfer from bag to container. A dust mask, gloves and safety glasses should be worn. For any further advice on this, read the product packaging, contact the product supplier, or chat with the staff at the place of purchase.

Artificial Plants & Moss

Real plants may not always be the right option for you because of allergies, location, etc. Artificial plants are a good alternative and work especially well in container gardens. You can find examples of high quality synthetic plants here.

Moss adds a touch of woodland whimsy to any fairy garden. Live moss is ideal but not always an option. You can read more about live moss here. If live moss is not an option, think about using preserved moss. You can find out more about preserved moss here.

Now that we have the garden sorted – let’s dial up the magic and turn it into a fairy garden!

There is no right or wrong way to choose your features and elements. Afterall, this is your space where you are telling your story. If it makes your heart smile, you are doing it right. Remember, you can always move things around and change your landscape at any time.

Sometimes new undertakings can seem daunting without some kind of direction or guideance. So, if you are looking for a step-by-step guide, this might help:

1. Start with a focal point

The focal point is the largest feature in your garden and is often a fairy door or fairy house. It is the place where all adventures begin. While I advice choosing a house with your heart, it might happen that you have size restrictions, so always check the dimensions on the product listing to ensure that the house you choose will fit your space. Check out our range of fairy doors hereand fairy homes here.

2. Become a fairy, really!

Picture your “fairy self” opening the door in the morning. What do you see? Are you overlooking the garden from your position high in a tree? Do you see a winding path leading down to a letterbox? Do you see a comfy seat by a tranquil pond where you can ejoy a cup of tea? What you see is your next step. Choose your elements. Hardscape elements like footpaths, fences, gates and retaining walls will help with the design of your landscape. Ponds and bridgesdecorative signstoadstools – each addition will personalize your landscape.

3. Personalize

Accessories will further tell your story. A playground and bicycles might be found in a garden inhabited by fun loving family fairies. A garden shed filled with tools might be the happy place of a fairy who loves to tinker.

4. Populate… or not

Populate your garden. Fairy gardeners tend to fall into two groups – those who include fairy figurines and those who do not. Some fairy gardeners love to see gorgeous figurines in different poses in their garden. Other fairy gardeners prefer the “real” fairies to live in their gardens and do not add any figures at all. Animalsdragonsgnomes, wizards and mermaids can make excellent companions on your fairy garden adventure. You do what feels right for you.

Tips for fairy gardening with kids

Fun Stuff

  • Children all learn in different ways. Make sure your fairy garden caters to the way your child learns best. For example, if your little one likes to make lots of noise, think about adding bells, windchimes, vertical pipes and stick to tap them, etc. If your child learns through touch and feel, cater to them by offering a variety of textures that will stimulate their senses. Create areas with sand, smooth pebbles, coarse pebbles, water, etc. Perhaps add some satin flags or bunting.
  • Remember that our products are here to compliment your fairy garden and should not replace items that you can make yourself. Air drying or polymer clay can be used to create lots of little things. Children love making all sorts of items to add to the garden. Gather seashells next time you are the beach and build a retaining wall out of them. Collect beautifully shaped pebbles and turn them into stepping stones for the fairies. Keep a box of natural materials, glue and wire on hand so that creativity can begin whenever inspiration takes hold.

Educational Stuff

  • Each time I begin a new fairy garden with my daughters, we grab the pencils and paper. We talk about our ideas and draw a plan for the landscape. We never really follow the plan but we have loads of fun doing it anyway. Give it a go with your kids!
  • Over time, your garden will grow. As a result, single houses can become a village, small structured landscapes can reach out to other corners of your back yard. Your story will become an epic tale filled with heart-warming encounters and victorious achievements. Encourage your kids to keep a journal and log everything including photos, plans, stories, drawings, etc. (adults should do this too) Don’t forget to add a copy of our fairy garden tips and other learning pages to your journal!

Safety Stuff

  • Children should ALWAYS wear a hat, sunscreen and protective clothing in the garden.
  • Ensure that the pieces in your fairy garden are age appropriate. Our products are recommended for 3+ years.It’s the responsibility of caregivers to choose appropriate products considering the child’s age and stage of development. Many of our products have stakes for secure positioning or small parts. Children should be supervised at all times. We clearly state that our products are ornaments and they are designed for decorative use. You will never hear us refer to them as toys.
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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. 

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

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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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