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The History of Fairy Gardening®

Did you know fairy gardens first debuted in the US in 1893? They began as bonsai dish gardens and their popularity was likely due to the Japanese Pavilion at the Chicago World’s Fair. Soon thereafter, the New York Times featured these miniature creations in an article and the rest, as they say, is history.

The practice of Fairy Gardening® has been around for more than 100 years and today, many of the fairy gardeners we meet throughout the country are thrilled to tell us how the tradition has been passed down from one generation to the next.  In the northeastern portion of the country, we’ve met several ladies who tell us they remember planting woodland gardens with their grandmothers and even great-grandmothers then anxiously awaiting the arrival of fairies all summer long.  We recently met a gentleman in Atlanta who, with tears in his eyes, recounted the magical days his wife and his daughter (who is now 23) spent perfecting their fairy lair.

We are thrilled to help pass along the tradition by inspiring grandmothers and mothers who are taking up the hobby today.  May the art of Fairy Gardening® enjoy hundreds of additional years of memory making!