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Fairy House Garden exhibit

May 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014

This trail of whimsical miniature gardens surrounds Heron Pond. Made from natural and recycle materials, each home is unique with a natural landscape to match its personality. 

Exhibit is free with general admission.

Learn how to plant your own Fairy House Garden on April 12 & May 3.

April 12 – Create your own Terrarium Fairy Garden
May 3 – Create your own Fairy Garden

History of Fairies

Fairies are mythical beings that were created by ancient cultures hundreds of years ago to explain natural phenomena and embellish stories. They are often celebrated in folklore, poems, and stories where their name translated in Middle English means “enchantment.” The actual term fairy comes from the Latin word fata and fatum. Fairies were believed to have power over occurrences in nature as well as they could be at times considered mischievous. Many cultures have histories that mention fairies, but the majority of fairy tales have come from Europe.

History of Fairy Houses

Fairy houses are structures made of natural material along with special recycled mementos that help characterize the house’s personality such as a metal roof, or small stones to make a walkway. Many fairy houses began being built because fairy tales would be told and people believed that if they built a small home that they would attract fairies. Today’s beliefs are held today in the imagination of small children and in the creativity of those who want to create something that expresses their interests and portray a natural scene.



May 1, 2014
May 31, 2014
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Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States