A secret garden Tamaqua girl has place for the fairies to come out and play
Aubry Beers points to one of her favorite little houses in her fairy garden. She says the fairies come at night, and they often leave the gate open. KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS
Aubry got this castle for her birthday last year. The piece was the first for her fairy garden.
n the heart of Tamaqua there is a tiny, little garden where fairies come out to play.
Aubry Beers hasn't seen them, but she's certain they're there.
"There are five fairies," says the 7-year-old daughter of Ashly Casler and Jared Beers of Tamaqua. "They come out at night."
She knows this, she says, because sometimes they leave the gate of the miniature picket fence open.
Aubry has had her fairy garden in a corner of the yard since last year when she was given a castle, just perfect for the diminutive sprites, last June for her birthday.
"She saw it at Michael's," says Casler, "and liked it."
"It's my favorite because it's pink," says Aubry. "That's my favorite color."
Her other favorite is a miniature house that doesn't even look big enough to hold a fairy, but that's where the charm is.
"I like it because it's so small," she says.
Aubry's fairy garden includes a tiny table and chairs, a wishing well, a stone path leading from the gated arbor, a swing, an arbor, and a few teeny houses. A couple gnomes guard the garden, along with a snail, a fox and a turtle.
With over 50 pieces, Aubry's clearly been bitten by the fairy garden bug. She has since created a second garden at her father's house. There she has four houses, a swing, some cherubs and of course a door for a nearby tree - big enough to allow the fairies to pass.
The popularity of these tiny doors could be how the fairy garden trend got started. The sometimes elaborately detailed doors first appeared in the United Kingdom, often sparking a child's imagination, and they would often leave notes or presents for the fairies who lived behind the door.
The trend picked up in the United States and has since blossomed into full fairy-sized gardens.
Fairy gardens can be confined to a large container or set into the corner of a larger garden or yard, like Aubry's.
Once you get started, it might be hard to stop. Aubry is ready to help her grandmother set one up in her yard.
"She enjoys doing it," says Casler.
In addition to helping her mother lay out the garden in the spring, Casler says Aubry weeds it herself.
The next thing she hopes to add is flowers.
"Pink," Aubry says, "any kind."