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Fairy gardens: A big trend in miniatures

Linda Haas has been making fairy gardens since she was a little girl. Of course at the time, Haas didn’t know the little vignettes created out of natural and found objects on the forest floor would one day blossom into a big gardening trend. Or that the whimsical pastime would become a source of income for the Sugar Grove resident much later in life. She just knew it made her happy. “I was always very attracted to the woods as a child,” said Haas, who added that not much has changed in that regard. “I would make gardens out of stones and sticks and little gates out of moss.” After six years as a landscape designer for Spring Bluff Nursery in Sugar Grove, Haas decided she wanted to make a living with her art. Her shop, Tree Star Hollow, opened in March and sells fairy houses she has created in painstaking detail as well as plenty of accessories —  tiny teapots and tea cups fashioned from acorns, brass watering cans and wooden stools covered in striped and patterned fabric. Tree Star Hollow sits in a two-room building on the grounds of Spring Bluff Nursery, and allows plenty of room for Haas to showcase her wares and create, as well as hold workshops for those who want to create their own miniature fairy oasis. Here she gives a step-by-step on how to make your own container fairy garden.  For information about fairy gardens and upcoming workshops, go to treestarhollow.com.

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