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Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Fairy Gardens

While we wait for spring's arrival, I wanted to share this little video I made of the whimsical fairy gardens that I visited a few weeks ago.  I didn't have to go too far to find a whole different world full of  tiny, little fairy delights.

Tonkadale Greenhouse

This presentation took place at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the gardens were created by the Tonkadale Greenhouse.  I think they did a magnificent job putting these little vignettes together. I can only imagine how much fun that must have been!  I picked a few of my favorite images and put together this little glimpse into the world of the fairies, gnomes and sprites.  They are all around, in the trees, under the leaves, spreading magic with their tiny fairy wands.

They had a few nice books on display featuring our favorite fairies and artists, like Cicely Barker.

Below are some of my favorite images and a few more that I could not fit into the video. Check out the charming cottages, furniture and accessories.  I'm a bit envious of some of their darling homes!

This little fairy is in the orchard picking apples.

Who knew cute little gnomes lived in the desert!

An Asian themed fairy house.

Fairies also roast marshmallows!

The beautiful interior of the Arboretum's main hall.

Are you feeling inspired to create your own fairy garden? I can hardly wait!


  1. Are these ever adorable! So cute. I especially love the miniature gnomes. It must be so much fun putting these together.

  2. Well done for making this video, Diane. I LOVE this kind of thing. They look so charming and cute. Is this not the perfect job for us? Yes, I definitely want to have a go at making my own.

  3. These are soooooo cute! I wish we had things like this around us, what a nice little adventure to go on. I enjoyed the video too :-)

  4. How adorable! Your photos and video are great. I would totally attend an exhibition like that. What a fun afternoon it must have been!

  5. Absolutely beautiful and I love the way the Cicely Mary books are displayed - that give me an idea for a blog post! Thanks so much for sharing

  6. Thanks for visiting! For more information on how to create your own garden, visit the Tonkadale Greenhouse link at the top of the post.

  7. Dear Diane - thank you so much for making the beautiful video...I love fairy gardens and there is tons of inspiration in this post to create one. The Cicely Mary books are stunning as well. I did not realize she lived until 1973. What a great artist/illustrator.

  8. Gorgeous video, love all the fairy images. Not sure if this makes me hopeful for spring or sad that I'm still wearing my winter hat and gloves.

  9. What a beautiful place! I would have to have gone to this exhibit! Gorgeous video! I love the music you have in the background and the birds chirping! Everything is so magical! My sister-in-law has made a few fairy gardens and I have to admit, they are stunning! Thanks for this post ;o) I am smiling ;o)

  10. I am amazed at the details in some of these. It must have been wonderful to walk through the exhibit and see all of these creations. I especially like the idea of gnomes in the desert.

  11. I love the fairy gardens, they are delightful! Do you know that I LOOOOOVE fairies, and collect them? They are so enchanting and magical. Have a fairy beautiful day.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  12. This is just too delightful Diane! I love your post - my special favourites are the homes that look like tree houses - I would love to be able to live in a house that looks like that!

    1. Thank you Sharon and everyone else who visited and left comments! These are quite spectacular fairy homes! I would be happy to live in any of them!


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