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How to Choose a Theme for Your Fairy Garden - Empress of Dirt

How to Choose a Theme for Your Fairy Garden - Empress of Dirt
How to Choose a Theme for Your Fairy Garden - Empress of Dirt


Getting Started

by Julie Bawden-Davis and Beverly Turner; photography by Xuong Do, Happy Photos. Copyright 2013, Skyhorse Publishing, Inc..

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Deciding on a theme is the best way to begin making plans for your fairy garden

. Once you know the basic subject, designing your garden comes easily. Think of all the occasions in your life when you rely on a particular theme to give you direction. As a kid, how many times did you agonize over what to be for Halloween, yet as soon as you decided on a costume, such as a witch, you found it easy to choose the perfect make-up and accessories? How about birthday parties? Pirates or princesses? Sweet sixteen or over-the-hill? Once you decide on the theme, it all seems to fall naturally into place. No skull-and-crossbones flags for a princess party, but pink, sparkly wands and tiaras instead. Hosting a dozen “royal” girls determines the food, the décor, and the entertainment.

A theme helps you choose all of the necessary elements that, when combined,

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One of the most popular themes is a classic Victorian cutting garden. Instead of stopping at the market for a quick bouquet, Victorian-era ladies filled their yards with every flower they could imagine. And rather than selecting a few varieties and repeating them throughout the landscape, as is common now, they instead planted a charming mix of blooms all together. These floral borders sat cordoned off by fencing from lush expanses of lawn, and stepping stones and pea gravel pathways served as sidewalks. Potted plants, gazing balls, birdbaths, fountains, and cast-iron furniture decorated most of these gardens. And in order to shrink that turn-of-the century atmosphere to one small container, a few such well-placed accessories give the suggestion of an artfully arranged, Victorian outdoor space.

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If a formal look isn’t to your taste, a rustic garden might be just the thing. Gift shops featuring country décor and craftware are great spots for finding the more rugged essentials. Many such stores offer lighted houses in the , children leave their playthings out! A dish of water near a doghouse or a hose no one bothered to coil up are both recognizable objects to which everyone can relate and such items will make your fairy garden come to life.

Out of the Ordinary

Don’t limit yourself to a standard definition of “garden.” Your theme can be a reflection of a place or area somewhere close to home or on the other side of the world. If you live in the mountains, why not try a desert scene? If your apartment building is a modern tower of steel and glass, into a tiny grove of three intertwined pines that created a secret cave. As an ambassador to the far-off land that only allowed children, a resident dog greeted me as I sprawled on the thick cushion created by years of dropped needles to read a book. With a

Telling Tales

Perhaps a cherished book or childhood story begs to be brought to life. Think of your garden as a three-dimensional illustration of a favorite chapter or as a representation of the overall feel of the story. Alice in Wonderland is a good example of a beloved classic that translates well to a miniature garden. Although the wonderland book is separate from Through the Looking Glass (which was a sequel penned six years later), the characters have been meshed together in so many of the filmed versions that they all seem to live in the same place. Ultimately, it isn’t important knowing which book they came from, only that you’ve represented your favorites in one miniature landscape.

If you create a storybook-land, avoid attempting to show everything exactly as it was written (or shown on film). Instead, think about what you remember most while reading the book and what left the biggest impression on you. In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, who comes to mind first—Glinda or the Wicked Witch? Choose one of these characters as your starting point. Would your Little Red Riding Hood be in the woods or at Granny’s cottage?

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