Fairy Gardens, Forests, and Doors

Sigh, I love fairies (they are real, right?). I choose to disregard some folklore and believe that all fairies are wonderful, kind creatures. I love everything about these kind fairies, but particularly, it is the mystique and magic that surrounds them that makes them so enchanting. Who doesn’t love a little magic?

As a child I had several favourite and coveted books (so coveted, in fact, that I ensure that they are still in my possession). I must thank my mother for all of my Cicely Mary Barker books as she is utterly British… and I suppose that my mother didn’t think her daughter’s upbringing was complete without plenty of  exposure to these such things. This lovely little book was is my very favourite:

This past year I started thinking of ways to incorporate these lovely creatures into my classroom. I had wanted to have each child make a potted fairy garden, but I didn’t quite have it all planned out, so I decided to wait on it until the following year. Thus, I have no pictures of beautiful little fairy garden pots to share.

However! I did discover the “secret” fairy garden on a walk through the woods the other day. I have heard of this mystical area before, but could not find a lick of information on the internet about it. I can almost swear that the town has a pact to keep it as secret as possible (I am not a part of this pact, so if you wish to know its location, just ask!). Here are some lovely blurry photos from the walk through the trail (next time I will ensure that I bring a proper camera with me):

This lovely little area got me thinking: “why can’t I do this in our little forest area? Why should we just confine the ‘fairy gardens’ to a pot?” Thanks to the marvelous individuals who started this idea, we will now have a lovely little fairy forest of our own! My only question was, where were all the fairy doors?!

So, I will definitely get my students into making fairy doors(I mean, the fairies have to have a place to live, right? Not just pretty things to look at!)


  • I live in California, and my mother read all of Johnny Gruelle’s Raggedy Ann & Andy books to us.
    They were just full of lovely fairies. When I look back at these treasures, I find clever ideas to add to my new hobby of making fairy gardens.
    I will begin to post some pics & ideas soon, as I am making some gardens for my Garden Club.
    Thanks for the creative ideas you have shared.

  • I can’t imagine a more fun way to spend a morning with my kinders that could match exploring nature, especially if a fairy home is discovered. It is still one of the most popular block pays scales in my classroom. You gave me a great idea to bring it outside to our school yard. Thanks

    Liz 🙂

    • Hi, Liz!

      I’m so glad that you will also have fun with fairies outdoors!! My lovely janitor recently cut out some plywood fairy doors for me and I can’t wait to get the children painting them. Then, the best part will happen … we get to find secret places to put our fairy doors in our enchanted forest!

  • I had all the flower fairy books too – and my daughter loved them when she was younger. I have a fairy door and window on a tree stump in my garden – and found a sign reading “make room for fairies” in a tiny gift shop on a back road by a covered bridge in Oregon. I would love to know where the fairy forest is – is it somewhere on the island?

    • Hi, Sandi,
      Sounds lovely, I can’t wait to have the students make signs and doors this year! Yes, the fairy forest is on the island – North Island. But, I have seen quite a few here and there … I’m starting to think that they are becoming more popular. I think people tend to put them in “secret” locations to reduce vandalism … I am trying to think of a secret place for ours this year, too. It would be so upsetting for the children if their hard work was damaged.


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