Try Something Magical – Fairy Gardens

A bit about our author:  Mary Schmidt is a Dakota County Master Gardener always looking to learn something new.   After taking a class on Fairy Gardens this summer, she shared here some of what she learned.

Fairy Gardens are unique and magical gardens.  These gardens can be indoor or outdoor container gardens or an actual in-ground garden.  A Fairy Garden is a miniature garden complete with structures and living plants.  The garden is designed to lure fairies; and with them, good luck, to your home.

Fairy Gardens include:

  • special small-sized plants
  •  tiny cottages
  •  arbors
  •  stone pebbles or miniature slate stepping stones
  • mushrooms
  •  numerous  decorations and of course a
  •  delightful fairy figure

Photo Credit: Mary Schmidt

Tiny fairies who live in gardens have a code to always be cheerful, neat, polite, friendly, work hard, generous, honest, keep secrets, kind and humorous.  Who wouldn’t want someone with these qualities living in their garden?


The mission of the Master Gardener program is to teach others in the community about horticulture.  In Dakota County, there are more than 130 active Master Gardeners who volunteer several thousand hours per year.

Visit the Master Gardeners of Dakota County website for additional gardening tips, information on our Research and Display Garden, the Junior Master Gardener Program, as well as upcoming events and classes.

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