Fairy gardens are certainly the thing the past couple of years and my favorite Ohio town Lakeside has capitalized on the trend in a really fun way. This year when we visited in early June we were delighted to find that there was an actual map of fairy gardens. Marilyn’s Two has a huge wall of fairy garden merchandise for sale and they graciously provide free maps for visitors to take to go visit all of the ones that are up and running.
Don’t you love the Disney princesses that point the way to each garden? I know my great niece Harper loved to see her favorite princesses on the map.
So my sister, niece and great niece and I set out one evening to view all of the fairy gardens. This post will be a bit picture heavy but I think you can understand the lack of text today. Words are not needed to share what ended up to be a very fun night of walking Lakeside in search of all of the fairy gardens.
The fun part was that we also found some that were in progress and some that were not even on the map. They were surprise fairy gardens.
While these pictures are in no particular order I love how each garden that we happened upon was unique and totally different than the one we had seen before.
Harper was enthralled by each tiny item in each garden and her 4 year old eyes spied things that these 56 year old eyes missed.
But isn’t that way we should all be looking at the world? With amazement and wonder?
There are so many different themes going on in some of these gardens that it took awhile to check out each nook and cranny.
A tea shop?? What? I am all in on this one.
Just when I thought I had seen the cutest one yet we found the next one on the map to be even better.
Camping and relaxing appeared to be a common theme.
Take a look at these adorable flower babies.Do I have you convinced yet to make a trip to Lakeside to see these fairy gardens?
Come back tomorrow to get a glimpse at the architecture of the cottages that are in Lakeside and see which one is my all time favorite cottage.
If you want to read more about my happy spot, Lakeside, you can click on these links below to be taken to other posts about Lakeside, Leave me a comment and let me know if you have a fairy garden at your home. All comments go to support our July Comments for a Cause –the Brevard Music Center.
A Stroll Downtown Lakeside, Ohio
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“Fairy tales can come true it can happen to you, if you’re young at heart”!
I am young at heart — no doubt!
I love it! I haven’t done anything with my pictures yet but I’m certain there are some scrapbook pages coming!!
There were so many pictures to choose from it was hard to figure out which ones to include.
These gardens are adorable.
They really are !
I love these fairy gardens. I can see how they would delight a 4-year-old! What a fun thing to do.
It was such a fun evening even though Harper got pretty tired of walking by the end of it and needed carried. Such great little gardens.
What a great idea to make fairy gardens an attraction. I would love to visit Lakeside. I can see why you love it so.
P.S. Harper is adorable.
It was such a fun thing to do one evening. Harper got worn out and had to be carried by the end of it but it was well worth it. Did you see her cute short hair? She had it longer and got it cut so she could donate the hair to one of those organizations that uses it for cancer patients or whatever. So sweet and it was totally her idea.
How fun! I did not notice these when I was last at Lakeside but they would be fun to check out! Looking forward to see your cottages blog.
They are so cute, Amanda! And there were more in the making from the looks of some of the yards so by now there might be double the amount of fairy gardens. Thanks for stopping by!
I love this trend. It reminds me of the fun I had with making my own dollhouses with old shoe boxes!
Oh yes—it is so like those dollhouses made out of shoe boxes! So creative and so much fun to find miniature things to complete the scenes. Thanks for stopping by!
I love the gardens and just ‘wandering’ is sometimes the best thing ever. And looking at the world through the e yes of a four (or in my case a 3 year old) year old is wonderful. Exhausting at times, but wonderful.
Exhausting is very correct! You nailed that one!
What a fun way to kill a day! How fun.
They were all so fun and unique. We loved them.
I have that same set of red chairs and bistro table! I needed something small for a photo…so bought them. Now I need to find someone to give them to to improve their own fairy garden! Your photos are adorable.
Those chairs and table were my favorite!!!! I loved them and I hope you find a home for yours. They deserve to have a place to live!
What a great idea! Way to go Lakeside…another reason to love you! Sorry I missed seeing them.
We have to get you there to see them! I know you have a few other things going on right now but hey–can’t you fit a trip in to Lakeside? 🙂
Cole’s Waldorf education was full of gnomes and fairies and Brownies. Flower Fairies, Dew Drop fairies and so many others. Once when the children were visiting a wildlife preserve the field instructor who had just finished a lengthy explanation on irrigation (way over little heads) asked the group why it was important to stay on the path during their walk—the children immediately answered with, “So you don’t disturb the fairies and gnomes. The field instructor was a little befuddled after that. The teachers clapped their hands and said, “We would never want to step on Mrs. Dew Drops garden.”
Back in the day Cole and I built Fairy gardens all year long. I wish that I’d had some of these ideas! So cute. I bet the fairies feel very welcome in Lakeside! Even one with a lighthouse!
Oh I love that that was part of Cole’s education. What a fun place and a fun idea. The lighthouse one is one of the best features, don’t you think?
I smiled through this entire post! I love fairy gardens, and even “created” one of my own a couple of years ago. Apparently, I didn’t have what it took to be a fairy gardener, but they are such amazing creations. Thanks for sharing these – I know you, your sister and niece must have had just the best time seeing all these!
I am so glad I made you smile. This was such a fun thing to go do together as a family. I really wanted my mom to go along but her hip is bothering her so much that it would have been impossible so I am just showing her the pictures. Thanks for stopping by!
I loved the little camping scene. What a fun evening!
The camping scene was one of my favorites as well.
I love fairy gardens, i am doing on in my garden with my grand daughter. So cute…
Oh I would love to see yours! Thanks so much for stopping by.
The garden looks so beautiful. All the little pieces and decorations scream, “spend time here, relax and enjoy life.”
I agree! It is such a fun place to explore and the fairy gardens are an added bonus. Thanks for stopping by!
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