Are you looking for a fun outdoor project for the kids during spring break? How about a fantasy fairy garden? They’re so popular, and are fun and easy to make! Miracle-Gro scientist, Dr. Chris Cerveny (Dr. Chris) and Gardeniere, Gina Ilopoulos joined me live from the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival recently to dish on how to to make a fairy garden, what you’ll need to do so, and how to get the kids involved. They also shared tips on how to create a large version for your backyard; and everything you need to know about the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival going on now until May 19th in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Candace Rose: Dr. Chris, Where do fairy gardens come from, and what are they?
Dr. Chris: “Fairy gardens come from the imagination. They’ve been around for a long time, but they’re getting more and more popular and you’re starting to see them all over the place. But what they are is just an expression of creativity. It’s imagining where a fairy might live and building a garden to welcome them, to your home or to a child’s bedroom, to my office at work. I have one of these on my desk. It’s a lot of fun, you just really need to get yourself a container with some nice drain holes on the bottom and a high quality potting mix…something like Miracle-Gro Moisture Control and then just let your imagination run wild. Get a kid helper to help you design this thing. Design it from their perspective and put in any kind of plant that you want and add in some figurines.”
Gina Iliopoulos: “The kids just love it. They get so inspired by all the details.”
Candace Rose: Is there something that we can do to create one on a larger scale- say in our backyard?
Gina Iliopoulos: “Certainly. Anything that you’re inspired by, that you see here in this fairy garden- you can get people sized, like benches and arbors and pergolas for height and structure.
And then low in the ground you can put different colored rocks and stepping stones or pebbles or even a small footbridge. And then you choose your plants and colors and greens. You can light it with lanterns or even just Christmas lights up and about. You can have all kinds of inspiration and create sort of a wonderland for yourself in your own home.”
Candace Rose: How fun! Gina, can you tell us about the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival?
Gina Iliopoulos: “It is the 20th annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival here, going on for 75 days. It’s one of the longest running festivals. We’re in Lake Buena Vista, and we’ll be here until May 19th. There are daily seminars, there’s incredible character topiaries- new ones, traditional ones- it’s really amazing. The gardens, Miracle-Gro’s festival blooms, and we’ve got a flower power concert series, so that is going on throughout the whole festival too. You can get this information at EpcotinBloom.com, if you’re really interested in the festival.
And on our website Gardinieres.com, we’ve been inspired to do all these projects; showing you how to take the festival home with you.”
Dr. Chris: “If you go to the Facebook page for Miracle-Gro, you find there’s a Gro-Project (it’s one of the tabs on Facebook), you can take pictures of your fairy garden and you can share them on there. You can also find inspiration on how to make your own fairy garden, as well as a bunch of whole other gardening ideas.”