Helping to launch its new range of fairy gardening products, Perennial is creating a fairy garden as part of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) exhibit, being staged in conjunction with The Sun newspaper, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The enchanting miniature garden, within the ’40 Sunbury Road’ HTA floral exhibit in the Great Pavilion, showcases Perennial’s new Fiddlehead Fairy Gardens range and celebrates Peter Seabrook’s 40 years at The Sun newspaper.
Miniature gardening is a fast growing trend in the UK, having become extremely popular in the USA. Perennial is pleased to introduce the range of fairy houses, figures and miniature garden accessories that will also be in display at its trade stand (located at EA/478). Profits from all products sold by Perennial help the charity support horticulturists and their families in times of need.
The fairy garden is positioned on a shed roof within the HTA exhibit, putting it at the perfect height for visitor viewing. Along with the woodland style fairy accessories, the garden uses a mix of delicate alpine plants generously donated by Gedney Bulb Company Ltd, as well as dwarf conifers supplied by Golden Grove Nursery Ltd. Fiddlehead products available from Perennial include miniature bridges, tree stumps, a gypsy wagon, acorn birdhouses, a fairy clothesline and much more.
Dougal Philip, Chairman of Perennial, who has helped put the garden together comments:
“Miniature fairy gardens appeal to all ages and they have become hugely popular. They are a great way to get children interested in gardening, bringing the ‘fairies at the bottom of the garden’ to life. Our thanks go to the HTA for letting us display our fairy garden in their exhibit, which we hope will really capture the imagination of visitors and inspire them to create a fairy garden of their own.”
Top tips on creating a successful fairy garden
- While woodland style fairy gardens remain the most in demand, there is a wide range of miniature garden themes available such as beach scenes, oriental gardens and miniature villages
- Miniature gardens can be created anywhere: in existing borders or rockeries, in alpine troughs or other containers like wicker baskets, window boxes, large pots or boxes and so on. Their size makes them perfect for those short on space – ideal for a balcony or patio.
- They can also be created indoors using houseplants. Try using succulents, which will cope with the bright light and heat of a conservatory where other plants may not survive.
- Creating a fairy garden with real but dwarf plants is a fun way for parents or grandparents to introduce children to gardening.
- Putting the miniature garden on a roof such as a reinforced shed roof is becoming popular as a way to make the most of space.
- Regular pruning is required to keep the dwarf plants to size but you don’t need a chainsaw – scissors and a small trowel are usually all that are necessary to garden your miniature garden
- Try adding outdoor fairy lights to make the fairy garden extra magical.
Perennial’s Fiddlehead Fairy Garden range is available from shop.perennial.org.uk with prices from £3.50
Thank you to the Horticultural Trades Association for including Perennial within the Chelsea exhibit and to Golden Grove Nursery Ltd (www.goldengrovenursery.co.uk) for supplying the conifers and Gedney Bulb Company Ltd (www.gedneybulb.co.uk) for donating the alpines.
Perennial offers free, confidential advice and support to everyone working in or retired from horticulture and their families, including gardeners, landscapers, nursery and garden centre staff, parks and grounds care staff and tree surgeons. People turn to Perennial for financial and emotional help in times of need because of disability, sickness, poverty, financial hardship and old age – although increasingly younger people are seeking their assistance. Many individuals describe the services Perennial offers as a ‘lifeline’. The work of Perennial depends on voluntary donations, as well as the proceeds from products and events.