Zionsville Times Sentinel

July 17, 2013

Fairies make gardens magical

By Emma Hopkins
For the Times Sentinel

---- — There are several ways to make a garden beautiful, but only one way to make it magical: Add a fairy.

According to Stacey Hamilton, area sales manager at Altum’s greenhouse in Zionsville, in the past few years, greenhouses and landscapers have noticed an increasing trend in miniature gardening. Popular in the ‘70s, this type of mini gardening is making a comeback, and the revival has reached Zionsville.

Miniature gardens are a branch of horticulture that includes terrariums, trough plant gardening and fairy gardening. According to Hamilton, the difference between fairy gardens and terrariums or trough gardens is the presence of the fairies themselves.

“Fairy gardening is about creating a miniature garden which fairies can live in,” Hamilton said. “The fairy makes the difference.”

Of course, Hamilton said, if you are unable to capture a real fairy, miniature fairy figures, dolls and statues look adorable placed in these small gardens. They may be accompanied by little accessories such as mini furniture, birdbaths, bridges, pebbles, gates and fences, all of which classify a miniature garden as a fairy garden.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.