It was a birthday gift to two of my grand-daughters and a bit of an adventure. On a Saturday morning, we visited a
country greenhouse that had as one of it's features, the purchasing, creating, and the
helpful instruction of building one's own fairy garden. The one pictured above, was
on display inside the front door of the greenhouse, along with the one pictured below.
Of course this grandma and her little "side-kicks" were immediately impressed and
intrigued by the colorful and unique displays.
The young lady behind the desk began the instruction process with the two girls. Her warm,
gracious smile immediately put them at ease. First off, chose the two bigger and three smaller
plants that you wanted to use. They pushed the cart, most likely overwhelmed at all the choices
With her careful and kind advice, the plants were chosen, by each girl.
I was impressed at the thought they put into choosing their own various colored plants.
Then there was the category of choosing three accessory pieces. Right away, the one chose
the puppy with the butterfly on it's nose, and the other chose a puppy on a little red wagon,
along with wire gazebos and tiny green turtles.
This dear instructor, led them to the big planting area, and proceeded to show them how to add
the dirt, then how to remove each plant, ever so carefully from the pots, and plant them in
their new containers. Their enthusiasm began to grow, as instructions were given, and
the fun started.
Tiny stones were provided, as was the colorful moss.
I loved seeing their small hands ever so carefully, proceeding with each set of
Plant, then pat down the soil. Think where you want to place the wire gazebo, and where to
put the walk compiled of tiny white stones.
Their instructor offered the most helpful and most patient type of instruction. It was a joy to see
how these two girls responded to that type of teaching.
When that step was completed, they placed each completed garden on a cart, where she
supervised the gentle watering of each one, stressing as she did it, the
importance of giving them water and sun when they take them home. I smiled
as I listened, wondering to myself, if truly they were taking the instructions
to heart. How long would these plants look this vibrant and healthy?:)
With careful movement, the she lightly sprinkled glitter onto the watered plants.
What a perfect ending to their creation!
Two completed tiny gardens. A learning and fun birthday adventure, for two special
granddaughters, and their maw ma, who now wants to come back and build her own fairy
garden for her kitchen.
"What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing." ~Aristotle
"To look at is one thing;
To see is another.
To understand is a third.
To learn from what you understand is still something else.
But to act on what you learn is what really matters." ~Unknown
"Education is how kids learn stuff." ~ A seven year old:)
It was so good to have you stop by today! I hope each of us continues to learn something
new and helpful each day, and then share what we learn with others.