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Fairy Tale #3: Donna from Thomaston CT
By Karen DeLong
4/16/2014 9:55:00 AM

Fairy Tales: Plow & Hearth customers share their love of fairy gardening

Offering a fun and magical way for diehard gardeners, hobbyists and dabblers alike, to bring enchantment to their gardens, fairy gardening has seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years. To help you get started (or give you inspiration), we’ve talked to some of our “fairy best” customers about their own fairy gardening forays!


Fairy Tale #3: Donna A., Thomaston CT


A Childhood Pastime Blooms Into Grownup Fun


Donna Andersen has always loved gnomes and elves and is a fan of Shakespeare’s classic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which features fairies. Her German mother was a collector, and when Donna was 10 they visited Germany, bringing back miniature treasures including gnomes and mushrooms, which are very popular in that country. “Fairies and gnomes were a part of my childhood,” she says.


Later, Donna received Plow & Hearth’s Elf Door and Windows as a gift, and that inspired a renewed interest in miniatures and miniature gardening. A gnome on a mushroom now guards this door, which is attached to a tree in her yard.


Donna’s Miniature Garden Today


About 10 feet from the tree, Donna has built a fairy village using several fairy cottages from Plow and Hearth with accessories and elves from other sources, including a case of whimsical faux mushrooms from a local garden center.


“We have a stone wall with a patio and a table where we can sit and enjoy the village,” she says. She added gnomes to the village “and we have fun moving them around all of the time so my daughter’s boyfriend’s kids think they’re real,” she added.


Donna’s garden is carpeted in artificial moss purchased from a craft store and enhanced by perennials and “lots of annuals,” she says. “I particularly like our Non Stop Petunias. They are huge and they cascade beautifully over the stone wall.”


The garden is always a work in process, and Donna plans to keep adding more scenes over time. “Right now I’ve got my eye on the Plow & Hearth bridge!”



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