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Create a fairy garden with the little ones

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An enchanted fairy garden is a fun place to play for kids and toads, alike.
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Doug Oster | Tribune-Review
There are no rules when it comes to fairy gardens, and that’s what makes them so fun.
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Doug Oster | Tribune-Review
Creating a fairy garden is a fun project to do with kids. Jonathan Breneman and Eva Rankin play along a fairy garden trail. Betty and John Robison built a fairy garden trail in Scenery Hill, Washington County.
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Doug Oster | Tribune-Review
Fairy gardens are only limited by your own imagination. Have fun and create something wonderful with the kids.

Spring is the perfect time to work with your kids or grandkids to create a fairy garden.

Betty and John Robison built a fairy garden trail in Scenery Hill, Washington County. In 2010, the couple started Robison Acres a small nursery and wild plant sanctuary. Each year new things get added to the fairy garden.

It’s something I’ve written about before, but it’s such a fun and easy project, I wanted to revisit the topic.

A fairy garden can take many forms on a miniature scale. Some are planted in pots. Others are created in the corner of a flower bed. Every nursery and garden center has lots of little garden ornaments for fairy gardens. You’ll be surprised what you might find at a thrift or antique shop, too.

There are no rules when it comes to fairy gardens, and that’s one reason it’s so much fun for kids. They can create a tiny landscape of magical fairies, gnomes, elves or whatever else they find interesting.

Let them use their imagination to set the tone, then you can help out with some tough plants.

Sedum, hens and chicks and creeping thyme are just some of the plants that will be happy planted just about anywhere.

Maybe adding a little water feature for frogs, toads, fish and snails would be nice. Use a small bag of gravel to make a path between parts of the garden.

Decorate an upside-down clay pot as a project to do together with the kids.

A fairy garden is a great way to share your love of gardening and spend quality time with the children you love.

Article by Doug Oster,
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