The glorious Carrick Hill in Springfield is just the place to get some inspiration for a special project – making a mini fairy garden. Once owned by Sir Edward and Lady Ursula Hayward, this grand home is set on 40 acres and features both formal English gardens and native bushland.
There is also a special section called the Story Book Trail that is a delight for children and adults alike. From classics like The Hobbit, The Wind in the Willows, and Charlotte’s Web, there’s something wonderful to see around every twist and turn. And there’s been a recent addition, the May Gibbs Garden, home of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.
To recreate the same magic, you can make a mini fairy garden at home. All you need is a pot with a drainage hole, some premium potting mix, plants that won’t grow too large, and decorative accessories. You can either make your own fairy-sized furniture or buy some ready-made from a garden centre.
This is a fun-filled project you can do with your grandkids or little ones. And, if you don’t have a pot, you can make a home for fairies under a tree or in a nook in your garden. You’ll also find ideas galore on the internet.
And if you want to visit Carrick Hill – the house is closed for renovations for a year. You’ll still be able to visit the gardens at certain times – just make sure to check their website or call ahead for details.