Miniature Garden

Victorian kids made "fairy gardens," and you can create your own miniature garden as a gardening activity. In the shelter of a large, shady shrub, you can design a miniature world. Use dolls and toy animals as inhabitants if you like, or pretend (as Victorian children did) that the "little people" visit your garden when you're not looking.

What You'll Need:
  • Shady 3' x 3' garden spot
  • Rocks, sticks, and moss
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Trowel
  • Toy animals or dolls

Step 1: Decide where the edges of your garden will be. Mark the edges with a tiny wall made of rocks or sticks. Use stones to make paths.

Step 2: Build miniature houses by stacking sticks log-cabin style. Cover the houses with moss.

Step 3: Fill the rest of the space with shade-loving plants, such as annuals like impatiens, coleus, polka-dot plants, and violas, or perennials like dwarf ferns, dwarf hostas, and violets.

Go to the next page to see how you can show night and day and play a simple game with flip stones.

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