“Come into my garden.”
If you can’t sit in a sunny garden of your own, you can still create a miniature version to enjoy any time of the year — at work or indoors.
Fairy gardens in large pots are still a big attraction this spring, said Kristy Hancock, who has taught fairy garden classes in Blair. This is the second year Hancock has started plants growing in her greenhouse south of Blair – The Potting Bench.
Most of her work is for wholesale, Hancock said, as she sat inside her balmy greenhouse in late March, surrounded by grower’s trays and large pots and hanging pots with all colors and sizes of blossoming plants she started as plugs earlier this year.
Her dog, Lu, keeps her company in the greenhouse and her family pitches in at critical times of the year. She also enjoys taking her creations to the Blair Farmers Market on Saturdays.
Hancock said she plans to offer fairy garden classes in April this year. She helps people set a scene, whether a whimsical garden featuring their own favorite miniatures, or dollhouse-sized wire furniture and tiny stone birdbaths.
She starts with the miniature items first and builds around them with plants. “Itty-bitty” tropicals and live moss are planted and a rock path or wood chips add to the atmosphere of a country garden.
“They are all different,” Hancock said of the miniature scenes formed in the large pots.
A main consideration is to make sure the pot has good drainage through a hole in the bottom. She uses a multipurpose potting soil that is light and airy; fertilizer is not necessary.
Those wanting a fairy garden must not be afraid to trim the tropicals to keep their scene looking its best.
“I teach them to properly trim,” she said.
The scenes may be redecorated for the seasons of the year. Last year, she created several Halloween-themed fairy gardens.
Fairy gardens or miniature plant arrangements have become popular in the last few years and, with care, they can be enjoyed for a long time.
Some of the “buzz words” or trends Hancock is seeing for what people want in their gardens and plants are sustainable, eco-friendly, organic and local.
“You are dealing with a different generation now,” she said.
“They are taking time to recycle.”
Hancock does a lot of recycling of pots and materials. If she can’t use it again, she takes plastic items to the Washington County Recycling Center.
Loyal customers who follow her on Facebook may bring back a pot for her to fill again to create their new arrangement.
Almost all of her pots and products she uses are made in the United States, except for the grower’s trays, she said.
People are taking different kinds of available spaces, such as rooftops, to grow plants. They are creating vertical gardens, using plants in cubes or containers as wall art.
A lot of different things can become a container for miniatures. Hancock said a neighbor of hers created very miniature gardens in teacups.