Enchanted Fairy Garden: Fairy Pumpkin House

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Since the days of Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, the harvest has held a special place in fairy tales. Thumbelina emerged from the flower of a barleycorn. Rapunzel was named for the lettuce her father stole from the witch’s garden. And, of course, a pumpkin carriage delivered Cinderella to the ball.

Now our fairy pumpkin house holds something equally precious, a fairy.

More than a shelter from the chill, this dwelling offers a darling hideaway for sprites and elves to watch the seasons change while the garden sleeps.

To create one for your own front stoop, you’ll need: a medium-large gourd, spoon, carving knife, bowl, towel, marker, tea light, lighter, and fairy windows.

Begin by carving a small square on the backside large enough to clean out the pulp and seeds. Once the inside is clean, trace the outline of the fairy window on the front with a marker. From there you will need to carve out the shape of the window and insert the window frame into place. The hard work is done!

Merely add a candle, light, and enjoy!

What finishing touch would you add to this fairy home? 

Enchanted Fairy Gardens: Midsummer Night Fairy Garden

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Nights are made forever young with fairies nearby.

A flickering glow reflects off silvery wings, casting faint shadows. Dangling prisms seem to hold the same enchantment of dreamcatchers. Furthermore, airy moss abates the pointed lace trim for an utter ethereal piece.

Read on for secrets to creating your own luminary hanging fairy garden.

Enchanted Garden: Gnome Hollow

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Legend tells that garden gnomes were the protectors of hidden fortune.

As that may be, we are of the mind that the gnomes are the true treasure. They must be. Ever-watchful and laboring, our bearded trio takes the much-deserved position as guardians.

With such dedication, it only seems natural that they should be rewarded. This is why a hollowed home has been designed solely for them.

Should you wish to bestow such a gift to your own, follow the steps to recreate this scene.

Enchanted Fairy Gardens: The Toad Prince Garden

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Truly spellbinding. . . As if from a fairy tale illustration, a garden revives childhood fantasies.

Whimsical, lush greenery lends itself to a pleasant sanctuary. A fairy swings, delighting in the magic of nature. Meanwhile, a watchful toad prince takes up his post in the shade of verdure.

Learn the secrets to creating your own enchanted garden.

Enchanted Fairy Gardens: The Birdbath Garden

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Peer into a daydream come to life.

A fairy garden unfolds under a verdure canopy. Its charm awakening childhood imaginings and hopes of what if. . . ?  Your eyes follow a path of bark and pebbles to where a pixie swings.

This, serene haven is her home, and your sweet escape. And here, you’ll discover the steps to recreate this scene.

Sunflowers in 19th Century Art & Prose

Arguably best known for his sunflowers, there was one Vincent van Gogh thought better.

That painter was Claude Monet.

In a letter to his brother, van Gogh wrote: “[Paul] Gauguin was telling me the other day that he had seen a picture by Claude Monet of sunflowers in a large Japanese vase, very fine, but – he likes mine better. I don’t agree.”

Will you? For many Victorian artist captured the blooms to canvas and each is as unique as the flowers themselves.

The Heart of English Gardens

The expanse of a manicured lawn rolled out as a carpet to Hampton Court.

Lancelot Brown attempted to share his vision of the property. How could he quite explain to Hannah Moore?

“‘Now there’ said he, pointing his finger, ‘I make a comma, and there’ pointing to another spot, ‘where a more decided turn is proper, I make a colon; at another part, where an interruption is desirable to break the view, a parenthesis; now a full stop, and then I begin another subject'”, Moore captured their exchange.