Plow & Hearth opened the door to fairy gardening in 2008 with the introduction of our originally designed Elf Door intended to attach to a tree. Featured on the cover of our Spring catalog the
following year, this little door captured the imaginations of thousands of customers and is still popular today.
"The response was overwhelming, and we knew then we were on to something. We decided to see what other wonders we could create," said Janice Coughlin, Senior Merchandising Manager. One customer stated in a review, "(This door) makes you think there really are fairies or elves living in our tree." The following year, Plow & Hearth introduced windows to complement the Elf Door, and a small village soon followed.
"Customers kept asking what was next," said Janice, "so we knew this was something we needed to grow."
Next we created three little homes, and people still couldn't get enough. "So I asked myself, what else would fairies want?" Janice said. And soon we added a church, tavern, well and an entire village. Every new introduction was met with wild enthusiasm. Like the original Elf Door, all Plow & Hearth fairy garden supplies are crafted of painted resin to look like stone, sticks and other natural objects without the wear.
By this time it was clear that our customers loved fairy gardens, and we wanted to provide even more to support their growing interest. In 2013 Plow & Hearth began carrying Janit Calvo's best selling book, Gardening in Miniature, to assist our customers in creating miniature gardens to go with our miniature fairy garden homes and furniture.
Fairy garden furniture was the next big idea, introduced in 2012. Customers were immediately enchanted. One said, "My granddaughter and I are sure some wee beings will be having lovely tea parties with this set, or perhaps lemonade."
Our current series of fairy garden homes was designed in 2013 on a scale to complement our fairy garden furniture. The cottages resemble those found in the English countryside, with thatched roofs, window boxes, stone or stucco facades and other charming details.
Incredibly, requests for more kept pouring in. Numerous customers left review comments like these: "I would like to have the whole fairy village,"" and "I have all of the Plow & Hearth fairy cottages in my garden."
As Plow & Hearth got ready for the coming seasons with full-sized Halloween and Christmas decor, we didn't forget our fairy friends. We reasoned that if people love our little homes and furniture, they would surely enjoy decorating for the seasons. Customers loved turning their fairy garden homes into a spooky scene or a festive Christmas display.
The miniature fairy garden craze continues to blossom, and our original designs and ideas are growing with it.
This Fall, Plow & Hearth will introduce more fairy garden furniture including four homes designed to look like "found" objects including a gourd, watering can, flower pot and shoe. Customers can look forward to battery-operated lampposts, street signs and an even greater variety of fairy garden furniture sets.
All of Plow & Hearth's miniature fairy garden homes, furniture and accessories are designed by us and sold exclusively by us. You can't find this kind of fairy fun anywhere else!
Miniature Fairy Garden
Fairy Garden Accessory Set
Handmade Metal Miniature
Fairy Garden Fire Pit Party Set
$12.95 - $49.95
Tell your fairies to put on their jeans, tie back their wings and grab their garden gloves because it is time to get planting! Spring is the perfect reason to make a garden for all your fairy homes and accessories that you have collected over the winter. Here is a brief overview of soil and plant selection to get you off on the right fairy foot.
Starting with the right soil is important to give your plants the best environment to grow in. Not all soil is equal and the easiest way to judge is by looking at it. There should be composted material with small barks bits. It should look alive, dark, rich and full of organic matter. Dirt is the lifeless, gray sandy stuff between the cracks in the sidewalk.
If you are planting edibles (plants that you eat) in your fairy garden and you are not sure of the soil quality, you can get it tested first or ask an experienced gardener for advice. If you are planting ornamentals, like small trees and perennials, you
Offering a fun and magical way for diehard gardeners, hobbyists and dabblers alike, fairy gardens have 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!
Mary Joriman's interest in creating small-scale worlds dates back to her childhood.
"My family traveled a lot, and I learned that a cigar box could hold a lot of little treasures that were easy to take along on long trips," the Washington state resident says.
This led to a lifelong love affair with miniature dollhouses, and finally, to fairy gardening.
"I've always loved to garden," Mary explains. "About twenty years ago I read a cute story in a gardening magazine about a woman who created a miniature fairy garden for her daughter, detailing all the things she thought to put in it, and I got interested in trying it myself."
Olla (Spanish, pronounced “oh-ya”) jars have been around since ancient times. Made of unglazed ceramic, ollas traditionally have short, narrow necks with wider bodies, and are made in a variety of shapes. They have been used for thousands of years for cooking, storage, and plant irrigation.
When used to irrigate plants, an olla is buried neck-deep in the ground near a plant’s roots, with the opening of the olla extended above the soil so that it can be filled with water periodically. The porous walls of the unglazed pottery allow the water to seep through gradually, constantly and consistently hydrating the plants without overwatering them – and without wasting precious water to evaporation or runoff.
The use of ollas for irrigation was introduced to the American Southwest by Spanish conquistadors during Colonial times, becoming very common among Native American tribes and Hispanic settlers. Though the technique gave way to more modern methods of irrigation some time ago, its superior efficiency, coupled with its simplicity, has caused it to make a comeback. Though the technique has changed little since its introduction, today’s ollas are usually capped off, making them even more water-efficient.
Perfect for home gardens, Ollas are a super-easy, eco-friendly, less time-consuming way to water annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables and plants of all kinds in dry, sandy soil, very hot or drought-prone areas, raised beds, and even pots, planters and hanging baskets. Fill the olla before you leave on a short vacation to enjoy worry-free watering – and a smaller water bill!