Attending the Perth Garden Festival has become a regular event for us - and each year gets bigger and better.
Here are some highlight from our stand...
This year our main display was created by grouping various sized pots together. The different heights create interest while each individual garden, being on a smaller scale, ensured our displays were both inspiring and easily achievable in the home garden.
The gardens were themed on traveling through enchanted worlds with GiGi the Explorer Fairy.
"Which Way? This Way. Here. There"
A path meandering through each of the mini worlds leads Fairy GiGi on a magical journey from her Merriment garden, through butterfly fields and rainbow delights, past the enchanted castle and up into Wonderland! Where will her travels take her next...
Everyone loves the EGG-citement of an egg hunt on Easter morning - but the sugar overload that can follow - not so much. That's why the My Little Fairy Garden fairies and the Easter Bunny got together last year and came up with a chocolate-free alternative gift that was sure to keep kids and parents happy, not just Easter morning, but the whole day long and many more days after.
Instead of chocolate eggs for the hunt, the Easter Bunny fills hollow plastic eggs with fairy gardening miniatures for the kids to find.
This year we've given EB a little helping hand by choosing our most delicious fairy garden accessories, all of which fit nicely inside larger sized hollow plastic eggs, and put them together into three super cute Easter Fairy Gardening Kits.
Fairy and Enchanted Easter Friends - this kit can fill up to 10 plastic eggs.
Rabbit's Easter Picnic - this kit could fill up to 16 hollow eggs.
Gem Fairy's Easter Tea Party - this kit could fill up to 12 hollow plastic eggs.
Once all the eggs have been collected, the magic continues as they spend the day imagining fairy stories while creating their fairy garden. EB may also leave a pot, soil and plants if you don't already have a suitable space in your garden. If there is more than one child participating in the egg hunt, EB may leave certain coloured eggs for each child to find.
Whether you wish to limit the chocolate treats or go completely sugar-free, this fairy garden option is a great alternative for a super-sweet Easter without the tummy ache!
So hop to it and get your limited edition Easter Fairy Gardening Kit now... and enjoy a magical Easter!
With Christmas just around the corner many of you will be delighting a loved one with a magical fairy gardening gift this year. Whilst fairy gardening in Summer can be tricky due to the extreme heat and dry weather across much of Australia, a little extra preparation will have your garden (and theirs) thriving throughout summer and the rest of the year.
From your container choice to preparing your soil and ongoing care, we've got the best tips for surviving Summer fairy gardening and ensuring the christmas magic lasts well into the New Year.
The first thing you'll need to do is choose your container. You aren't limited to a pot - see our previous blog, Getting Creative with Containers, for more inspiration. When selecting the container be aware that terracotta pots, decorative unsealed containers and ones that hold less soil will dry out quicker and may require more regular watering than plastic or glazed pots.
We've got the dirt on... Dirt! When potting up a container garden always start with a good quality potting mix. If you aren't adding your own organic matter, we recommend choosing a potting mix with The Australian Standard logo of the five ticks, which ensures the mix is manufactured to a consistent quality in terms of drainage, aeration, water holding copacity and pH. There are two grades of the mix - the black logo contains virtually no fertiliser, and the red logo which has enough fertiliser added to sustain at least one month's growth.
For more comprehensive information on choosing the right potting mix see this article form Gardening Australia.
Don't forget, due to bacteria in your potting mixes always wear gloves and a face mask when handling it and wash your hand well afterwards.
Adding water storage crystals to your potting mix will reduce water wastage and increase the time between watering. The crystals will absorb excess water which your plants can draw from later. For best results, soak them in water before mixing into the potting soil.
Seasol is a wonderful organic product which stimulates strong root growth and reduces transplant shock. Add this to your water storage crystals to gives your plants a great start and continue to add Seasol when watering throughout summer to help the plants cope with heat stress.
Regular watering in Summer is a must. The best time is early morning while it's cool to give the plants time to absorb the water before the heat of the day sets in. A watering spike, which slowly releases water into the soil, is a great option for busy families as many designs require filling less than once per week.
Extreme Heat: we recommend locating your fairy garden in a sheltered position but if you do have it in the sun, on those scorching days be sure to move your garden into shade if you can, or cover it with shade cloth to prevent excess drying of the soil and sunburn to your plants. Additional watering in the late afternoon may also be necessary during extreme heat, but is generally not recommended at other times as it can promote fungal growth if excess moisture isn't able to evaporate.
So these tips should keep your garden thriving, but be sure to check out our Product Care & Information page for tips on looking after your precious fairy pieces.
Fairy gardening is all about telling a story and the container that you choose can play a large part in that story you are trying to tell.
It can be as simple as letting the colour or texture of a pot inspire your theme, such as a wavey blue pot for a fun beach scene or a fiery red colour for your dragons.
But you don't need to limit yourself to a pot. Re-purposing old items from around the home can have a huge impact too. Imagine an old BBQ set up with a mini picnic scene, a boat with a fishing theme, a slide filled with a fairy playground, or a tea party in a teacup.
Querky containers are fun but there are a few simple requirements when choosing a successful container.
Firstly, the container needs to be able to hold a reasonable amount of soil. While some plants, like succulents, have smaller root balls and require very little soil, others will need a little more room to thrive and stay happy. Also keep in mind the less soil there is the quicker the soil will dry out and the more frequently you will need to water.
Secondly, it needs to be able to drain freely after watering. If it doesn't already have holes then you will need to drill a few in the base of your container. If you'd prefer not to drill holes into the container then you can create a terrarium with layers of gravel, spagnum moss and gardening charcoal. See here for terrarium instructions.
Thirdly, you will need to protect it. If the container you've chosen is not a purpose built pot, you may need to line the interior with plastic and protect the exterior with varnish or paint to reduce weathering.
So, when you build your next fairy garden, get creative with your container, think 'outside the pot' and have fun telling your fairy story. As always, we love to see what you create. Send in your photos to be featured in our inspiration gallery so others can be inspired by your creativity.
This incredible fairy garden village is the work of Margot. Margot lives in WA and had a problem area in her garden where many plants had struggled to grow. So about six months ago, when she was blessed with a beautiful grandaughter, Margot was inspired to turn the space into something magical.
"I love the flower fairies in particular and my gypsy caravan with the flamingo. Also the fairies who are in love and living in my tree."
Margot enjoys getting creative and has included many handmade fairy homes and accessories in her fairy village.
''I never do things with a plan. It's usually instinct and my imagination. I have an idea and run with it. I am thoroughly enjoying creating my Fairy Village, it changes all the time.'
'I decided to make fences out of popsticks and wire and did it while I was watching television in the evening. My poor husband nearly had his eye poked out a few times."
If you think Margot's garden is enchanting during the day, look how magical it is at night with the glow from her solar houses and twinkling fairy lights.
Thank you Margot for taking the time to show us around your incredible fairy village. We can't wait to see what adventures you come up with next in your little fairy village.
Last month My Little Fairy Garden attended the WAMA Dollhouse Miniature, Doll and Bear Show at Cannington Exhibition Centre. It was wonderful to be surrounded by many traditional miniature enthusiasts who were willing to share their knowledge and experience with us while we were able to share some magic and whimsy with them.
During conversations it became apparent that there is some confusion on the difference between a fairy garden and a miniature garden. So, what is the difference?
Strictly speaking, these are all about uniform scale - not just scale of the accessories, but of the mini trees, plants and hardscape too - all shrunk down to miniature size. The idea is that if you were to look at a section of the miniature garden in a photo you couldn't easily tell if you were looking at a miniature or full sized garden. All the elements of the garden are in proportion to each other.
When creating a fairy garden we are creating a space for the little fairies that are living in the world around us. The combination of human sized plants and fairy sized pieces co-existing together is where the magic happens.
The accessories used in fairy gardens are usually not replica of 'human world' pieces but rather inspired by nature, like wooden tree stump seating and acorn teacups or whimsical pieces with bright colours and quirky detailing like yellow spotty watering cans or butterfly stepping stones. Sometimes the pieces within the fairy garden are in proportion with each other, sometimes they aren't - a uniform scale is not so important as fairy gardening is about enchantment rather than perfection. There are no rules when it comes to the plants used. Whilst compact plants work well in a container or terrarium garden, a fairy garden is equally as magical hidden amongst the larger lavenders or daisies in a backyard garden or under a large tree with little windows and a door attached.
You'll often hear these gardens refered to as 'miniature fairy gardens.' - The insertion of the word 'miniature' simply sets it apart from life-sized fairy gardens which are created for child/human play within.
What do we mean when we talk about scale in miniature and fairy gardening?
Scale is the relation between the real size of something compared to the/it's miniature replica.
The most widely used 1:12 scale means 1 inch in miniature is 12 inches or 1 foot in life size. For example, if we have a 19 inch cottage we calcualte 12 x 19 which comes to 228 inches or 19 feet in real life. Most doors are around 7.5 feet high, so if the mini door is 7.5 inches then the scale is 1:12. If the cottage was just 9.5 inch and the mini door was 3.75 inches, it would be 1:24 scale.
It is important to note that our fairy garden miniatures are not made to fit a specific scale and will often vary throughout our different ranges. If scale of your accessories matters to you we recommend checking the dimensions of the pieces (in the product description tabs) to ensure they will complement each other and your miniature display.
A big thank you to everyone who stopped by our stand at the Perth Garden Festival. We had loads of fun designing and building our rustic garden shed and patio display. It was great to see the young, and young at heart, delighting in our whimsical creation.
Thank you also to those who participated in our festival givaways. And the winners are...
Wendy F. for Mia - you've won a Flower Fairy of your choice.
Elizabeth C. - you've won a $60 My Little Fairy Garden voucher.
We look forward to returning to the festival next year with more products, fresh inspiration and a bigger space to fit it all in!
Perth Garden Festival is Western Australia's longest running, and most prestigious, garden, landscaping and outdoor living event. My Little Fairy Garden have been invited to attend for the second year running and it is set to be even bigger and better than last year with many new products, a fresh display and loads of great inspiration for your own little fairy garden. We are also planning a fun Fairy Eye-Spy game for the little ones, and everyone who visits our stand has the chance to enter the draw to win a fantastic My Little Fairy Garden prize pack.
The event is held over four days from 28 April to 1 May at McCallum Park in Victoria Park, and is open daily from 9am to 4pm with free entry for kids under 18. View full details and purchase tickets on the offical Perth Garden Festival Website here.
You can also keep up to date with My Little Fairy Garden's festival news by joining our 'My Little Fairy Garden at Perth Garden Festival' facebook event here.
We're giving one lucky fan the chance to WIN two free passes into the 2016 Perth Garden Festival.
All you need to do is leave a comment below - you can tell us anything; why you love fairy gardening, why you'd love to win these tickets, your favourite My Little Fairy Garden product or blog... Then increase your chances by heading over to our Facebook and Instagram for additional entries.
Good luck and we look forward to seeing you there!
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Open to Western Australian residents over 18 only. Entries close at 10.00pm WST on Wednesday 20 April 2016 and a winner will be chosen at random. The winner will be announced on this blog within 24 hours. We will make reasonable effort to contact the winner via email and social media. The prize will be sent regular mail via Australia Post no later than Tuesday 26 April or pick up option is available. We take no responsability for delayed delivery or lost mail. If the prize is unclaimed by Monday 25 April it will be forfeit. The prize is as stated and non-transferrable or exchangeable. By entering you give permission for your comments to be used within our promotions, website and social media accounts. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Instagram or Facebook.
The winner is...
Congratulations to Belinda Harbron. Your instagram entry was chosen at random and you've won two passes to the 2016 Perth Garden Festival. Please contact us via Instagram to claim your prize.
Thank you to everyone who entered. We hope to see you at the fesival - be sure to come say hi to us at stand B-26.
The fairies have told us they've been meeting with the Easter Bunny to discuss some alternatives to chocolate for egg hunts this Easter.
Let's face it, not only can the kids get way too much chocolate from EB, family and friends, but here in Australia it can still be pretty warm on Easter Sunday so the egg hunt often ends in a melted chocolate mess - plus in our area there have been incidents of crow theft!
Plastic eggs are becoming a popular alternative, but what to put in them? We have the perfect fillers... fairy gardening minis!
These plastic eggs are great for hiding little fairy treasures such as animal friends, mini baskets, tea sets, light garlands, lanterns and stepping stones. Larger plastic eggs can fit pieces like the mini bistro, Baby Sweetpea Fairy, the extra small bridge and extra small glider chair.
After the kids have found all their eggs, the fun continues as they can build, arrange, re-arrange and play in their fairy gardens. EB may also leave a pot, soil and plants if you don't already have a suitable space in your garden. If you have more than one child participating in the egg hunt, he may leave a certain colour for each child to find.
Here we chose a traditional theme with a cute little bunny and some yummy hot cross buns - but we couldn't resist including an Aussie twist with our adorable Easter Bilby. All of the products featured in our Easter garden (excluding the garden hook) fit into the plastic eggs.
Head over to our store to find some goodies to fill your Easter egg gifts.
If you love this idea please get social with us. Leave a comment below, pin it, share it on facebook - and if the Easter Bunny leaves fairy gardening fillers at your home, share your photos on Facebook and Instagram. We'd love to see them.
Late last year we received a message to our facebook page from Belinda, she wrote:
"I used some of your products in a photo today... it's a selfie lol! I was hoping that it would be okay if I did photos like these for my clients children on occasion?... Thank you so much! I will definitely be ordering more!!".
Of course it was okay - in fact we loved the idea (and Belinda's portfolio) so much that we were quick to arrange a morning for her to come and photograph our gardens, plus two georgeous little models, who would later be delighted to see Belinda's magic turn them into playful fairies.
Oh, how wonderful it would be for a child's dream of being fairy sized and playing in their own little fairy garden be brought to life...
It was a fun photoshoot. Our models were a little unsure of the process at times but Belinda was so paitent with them, giving them gentle direction and finding fun ways to create workable poses, so it wasn't long before they felt at ease with her.
"I am primarily a portrait photographer, but practice many other genres of photography and art. I enjoy portraiture fundamentally because of all the wonderful people that I get to meet and create memories with. I like to create a unique and fully tailored experience for every session and client, as every client and their family is unique and special in their own way".
It was great working with Belinda, she is such a lovely person and I'm sure we will work with her professionally and personally again in the furture. Her beautiful work speaks for itself.