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Thursday, 31 December 2015 00:00

Fairy Gardens: Enchanting People of All Ages Featured

2016 Trends set by Miniature Gardeners

Watters Weekly Garden Classes

January Classes

Jan 16 - Advanced Landscape Pruning to Spring Success

Pruning Not all plants need pruning in the yard, but timing is critical for those that do. Learn these mountain timely techniques sure to make the yard happy, bloom better and reduce disease this spring. Dress warm and bring garden shoes, this is a working demonstration on the landscapes here at Watters. Demonstrations include a walk through Watters vineyard and orchards at the same time.

Jan 23 - Fun Houseplants and Miniature Fairy Gardens Combined

Not all houseplants are created equal when growing in an arid climate. You'll have a list 01_23 Fairy Gardensof the top 7 houseplants best grown indoors. If you liked GI Joe's & doll houses as a kid, then you will be clamoring to get to the tables at this class. We'll have 10 miniature gardens ready to play with. Students are giving the chance to design their own fairy garden with access to all the ornaments and houses from Watters 2016 collection. The top 3 designs win at-a-girl prizes at the end. This class is very social, hands on and fun, fun, fun.

Jan 30 - Wildflowers, Ready - Set - Grow

Late winter is the ideal window to start wildflower seed outdoors, but you can't just 01_30 Wildflowerschuck them in the landscape and expect success. We share all the local tips that insure these bloomers. You will know the best seed, soils, food and technique that brings on the color this spring. Come early, this class can be standing room only.

Dwarfs, talking animals and fairy princesses don’t reside just in movies. Increasingly, gardeners are creating their own movie set right in the garden.

Miniature, or Fairy gardens, are all the rage this year. The result can look like a scene out of “The Hobbit”, or any make believe land where the landscapes include tiny homes with perfectly sized benches, bridges, birdbaths with a little mailbox to match.

This is the second season Watters Garden Center, in Prescott, has sold miniature fairy gardens, plants and accessories. It is hosting many new workshops on how to build these mini-gardens.

“It’s a little miniature garden,” explains Lora Goulding, Watters fairy garden expert. “You can accessorize it with furniture, tiny birdbaths, gazing balls and playful animals.”

Popular plants, depending on whether the garden is kept inside or out, include Irish moss, creeping thyme, mini-evergreens and super easy to care for air plants.

But here is the important thing: “You do have to prune and clip” the plants, Lora Goulding said. Because if it’s not small, it doesn’t belong in a fairy garden. This is the perfect place for herbs and succulent gardens to thrive. These plants actually look better the more you cut them back.

While creating a fairy garden is popular with adults, garden experts say it’s also a great way to reconnect children with plants and nature. “The kids love it,” Lisa Lain, store owner of Watters Garden Center. “Watters newest garden pieces offer girl and boy fairies, along with about two-inch tall garden animals having fun on playground equipment. All can sit next to mushroom houses or on logs, a nice option if fairies aren’t your thing.” With most pieces between $5 and $10, they are easy for anyone to collect.

Lain said she’s also seeing more parents or grandparents bring children with them while inquiring about the mini-gardens. And it’s not just fairies and tiny animals, she’s helped locals create gardens featuring Hot Wheels and dinosaurs. “The boys really get into this type of gardening when they can accessories with their own miniatures. It's a really fun way to introduce gardening to kids.”

To get started, Watters garden experts suggest a container around 6 inches deep and anywhere from 9 to 14 inches wide. But they also stress these “little” gardens can be as large and complex as a person’s imagination. Or, if you’re trying to keep it simple, a fairy garden can be done in a terrarium and kept inside a dorm room or atop an office desk.

The only limitation is your imagination to this years hottest garden trend.

Free garden classes are held at Watters Garden Center each Saturday. The next Miniature garden class will be held January 23rd titled, “Fun Houseplants and Miniature Fairy Gardens”. 

Last modified on Thursday, 31 December 2015 09:49
Ken Lain

Ken Lain the Mountain Gardener, is attracted to sunshine, beauty, happiness, success and health through gardening, and wishes to point the way to others. Throughout the week Ken can be found at Watters Garden Center located at 1815 W. Iron Springs Rd, Prescott, or contacted through his web site at www.wattersgardencenter.com

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