Hudson Springs Park
Joan & Annika
Britta & Joan's houses from
Gathering stuff for fairy
Fairy house builders in
front of Svea's house
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The Latest Craze in Gardening –
Building Fairy Houses!
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latest gardening craze, building fairy houses, has strong roots
in New England. The tradition of building these environmentally
sensitive, small dwellings to attract fairies and wood nymphs is
generations old. Thanks to Tracy Kane, author and illustrator of
the award-winning, critically acclaimed Fairy Houses Series; the
spirit has been revived and is sweeping across the country.
Environmentally sensitive gardening is “in” according to the
“2005 Garden Trends Report” from Garden Media Group. These new
lifestyle gardeners are more self-confident and determined to
add their personal signature to their backyards. Building fairy
houses is a signature gardening activity that children, parents,
(good phrase!) grandparents, gardeners and those who care for
the environment can engage in.
Kane’s inspiration for the Fairy Houses Series began while
vacationing on a small island off the coast of Maine. She was
intrigued by the whimsical fairy houses near the footpath built
from twigs, bark, leaves, stones, feathers, seashells, and other
natural materials. According to icangarden.com, concern for the
environment grows ever stronger. Natural materials continue to
be the designers' choice,.
Fairy houses can be built anywhere...in a park, , garden, , in
the woods...all it takes is a little imagination and a promise
to only use natural materials. Fairies encourage everyone to
What would happen if you built a house for fairies to live in?
Would they come to visit? The Fairy Houses Series reveals how
nature inspires children’s imaginations and captures their
hearts. It encourages them to cherish and respect wildlife and
their habitats.... and to create their own fairy houses...
These are some of the subtle messages woven throughout the Fairy
Houses Series. Children of all ages and those young at heart are
encouraged to observe, be patient, and see a wonderful world
dimension that is there every day, if they take the time to
The Fairy Houses Series consists of three children’s picture
books and a DVD, which have received six prestigious awards.
Fairy Houses, the first book in the series includes instructions
on how to create a fairy house along with fanciful illustrations
of seasonal examples.