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Tree Trunk Fairy Gardens

The first time that I ever spotted a tree trunk fairy garden, was while walking around my block a couple of years ago. The tiny vignette was super cute, and at the time I assumed that it was a one off. Not true. Just today, while walking my dog around the neighborhood, I spotted a number of tree trunk fairy gardens. The imaginative garden arrangements come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and some are more intricate than others. But they all share wonderful imaginations, no matter their scope and scale.


What I find fascinating about these miniature fairy settings is how they endure the natural elements. Unless they are vigilantly maintained, they do suffer at the hands of Mother Nature. The ephemeral nature of the garden scene is just part of the fun I suppose. It took two years for the one that I first came across to almost completely disappear, and even today I still see a few small remnants that remain.


Some fairy gardens are super DIY, using found design elements, while others are a bit more commercial in nature. I am aware that Urban Roots Garden Cooperative (FB) on the city’s West Side sells many of the tiny garden features, including such items as wheelbarrows, watering cans, trellises, etc.


Building a tree trunk fairy garden is a great activity for families, whose members enjoy building and putting the creations together.

It must be interesting to see who takes notice, and who walks right on by without paying attention to the minuscule artistic milieus underfoot.

Be sure to keep your eyes open during the Garden Walk for these fascinating creations.



Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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