David Coton was delighted to recently meet with Frank Honald, President and Owner of Henri Studio USA, who had flown in from Chicago to discuss the opportunity of bringing their products back into the UK next year.
In the absence of real fairies, Nathan James Dodd has used delightful resin, stone and metal ornaments to create a magical garden for his children.
Placed on the lawn or in less manicured areas, slightly overgrown where there are broken flower pots, old tree stumps and other hiding places, fairies, gnomes and pixies can surprise and delight both youngsters and adults.
Toscano’s collection of top quality resin garden sculptures includes many charming fairies in their garden ornaments range. They are wonderfully detailed, very durable and in a wide range of delightful poses.
The Fairy of the West Wind, with delicate butterfly wings, gracefully plays her flute. The Celtic Fairy is poised to fly, a dainty figure with elaborate wings, pixie ears and tiny toes. The Summertime Fairy sits on a swing in a lifelike manner with only her wings alluding to the fact that she isn’t human.
Appearing to have flown in on the wings of a dream, the ‘Fairy Dust Twins’ are two more beautifully painted pieces that will enhance your garden with magical qualities.
And there’s many more, Secret Garden Fairies, fairies sitting on mushrooms or riding on frogs, gazing into the distance or pondering. The impressive 3ft tall ‘Large Standing Fairy’, is a focal point as well as charming ornament.
Themed self-contained water features are also available such as the Spring Water Fairy from Aqua Creations which is beautifully modelled in polyresin and lit by a cluster LED,
No one quite knows what pixies get up to, their raison d’etre seems as unclear as their friends, the fairies and elves, but a magical garden without them is unthinkable.
The snubbed nosed and pointy eared ones are modelled sitting, lying and contemplating on mushrooms otherwise known as ‘pixie stools’. All these sculptures capture their adorable personality and somewhat relaxed view of the world.
Wandering through the undergrowth can be your very own wizard dressed appropriately in long robes tied with a rope belt and on his head an impressively tall bell shaped hat. His walking stick is nearly as big as he is and shaped form a tree branch.
Whether they have place or not in a magical garden is open to question but a cheerful garden gnome will certainly bring with him colour and frivolity, a cheerful presence in a world that can also be mysterious and dark.
Love these ornaments?, then have a look at the all our Fairies and Garden Gnomes.
In normal circumstances with warmer weather and Easter coming along soon, you should be stocking up on bedding plants to fill planters, borders and hanging baskets. However, even though the garden centre is currently closed, we are still trading online and, while you may be confined to home, there are plenty of garden jobs for you to tackle during April. David Coton has these suggestions.
Sustainability and a growing awareness of wildlife are two of the key gardening trends identified by the Royal Horticultural Society for 2020, with gardeners in a position where they can make a substantial impact regarding environmental issues.
Robert Hall explains how getting out into the garden can help us to exercise, get out into the open air, enjoy time with nature and to help keep our minds occupied during these overwhelming Covid-19 times.
There's no doubt that television provides gardeners with inspiration, sound advice and good ideas, that's why we're all looking forward to new programmes and the return of old favourites during 2020.