December 20th: Fairies and Fairy Gardens

Program presented by Sandy P.
Photos and Summary by Pat D.

Sandy and daughter Jamie worked long to arrange an amazing display with multiple tables of fairies and fairy houses for the club’s 2014 Christmas meeting. First Sandy told us the history of fairies through a PowerPoint presentation.

Fairy lore has been around for centuries. They are affiliated with the natural world including flowers and herbs.

Fairies by R. John Wright

Fairies by R. John Wright

Flowers have to be the right kind such as Primroses and Foxglove. Ragwort is used as horses. You will find fairy stories in the Middle Ages literature and in the 1600’s you would drink fairy tea to help see the fairies. They reside in small places such as barrels but really any small protected spot. Signs of their presence include messy rooms due to their mischievous nature or a dark green circle in your yard where they danced.

Many people became enamored with fairies in Victorian times. One illustrator, Cicely Mary Barker (June 28, 1895 – Feb. 16, 1973), stands out for her beautiful paintings of fairies. Other famous fairies include Tinkerbelle from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie and Thumbelina by Hans Christian Anderson.

Then Sandy went on to tell us about fairy houses. They were influenced by the 1893 Japanese World’s Fair Pavilion and in the 1950’s Anne Ashbury’s Miniature Gardens book introduced them to a new generation. Sandy told us she has just got hooked less than 2 years ago. “They are cute, I like them.”

Fairy Garden House

Fairy Garden House

Story-telling and imaginary fairy garden scenery brings the playful kid out in all of us. Filled with intrigue and mystique each little miniature garden scene you create is a snapshot of such a dream. By taking up this form of gardening you transport yourself into another world, and experience the enviable feeling of having your dreams come true!

Sandy went down the tables telling us about each fairy and fairy house, what made them special and the materials used to make them. She suggested several places to buy accessories for the fairy houses and recommended using small cedars for properly scaled trees.

Fairy Garden

Fairy Garden

Creating a fairy garden is easier than you think!  The most important factor in creating a miniature fairy garden is to believe in the magic of fairies.  After that, everything will fall into place naturally. A fairy garden can be any size or shape ranging from sprawling gardens to a tiny flower pot.  The main ingredients you need to create a fairy garden?  Imagination.

Several ladies brought their fairy dolls to share as well.

Fairy Dolls brought by Pat T.

Fairy Dolls brought by Pat T.

What a wonderful display and program. A little Fairy dust for everyone in the New Year. Thank you Sandy!

Program presented by Sandy P.

Program presented by Sandy P.

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