Welcome to Reg's Fairy Garden
on the Island of Jersey UK
The Fairy Garden is totally dedicated
to the BBC's
Children in Need Appeal Fund
Remember: Collecting for Children in Need is not for just for one week, it is forever.
All funds collected will be given to our local
radio station. BBC Radio Jersey. Fund coordinators.
Creating a 'fairy garden'
have started creating a 'fairy garden' in part of my garden.
There are archways over pathways where children and adults
can look through purpose made openings, they will be able to see
fairies and understand stories that they represent, such as Cinderella
Grimmes fairy tales.
pathways total 120 feet long in an area of 50 x 50 feet .
and there is an artificial stone waterfall, stepping down
into four mini ponds. The waterfall is about 4 feet high and 7 to 8
feet long. I think that the water should just trickle over so not to
make too much noise as I will be inviting people to read fairy
poems and stories to small groups of children and adults.
Time to dream, time to think of others.
The Fairy Garden is not a playground, it is somewhere that
children and adults alike can enjoy tranquility .
It is somewhere that they can come and walk around and
see fairies. There are also small displays with
little characters representing fairy tales.
Hundreds of bedding plants, climbers and bushes have been
carefully chosen to compliment the area.
I need the most color from Mid May to the end of September
The choice of the flowers is mine. I will take the blame. I chose
them for their shape, color, and fragrance , and although I know how
to plant them and look after them, I know very little about naming them.
Please ask questions on anything to do with the garden, except flowers.
I started planting out the garden with forty large and small
climbers, some of them were as much as ten feet tall that I purchased
from a local flower nursery at a greatly reduced price as some had been
a little wind burnt.
Starting with the tallest: Jasmine (nudiflorum). Honeysuckle,
Clematis , Orange Blossom, Potato Vine (Solanum)
Planted and about to be planted
Violet (Viola canina)
Lilac (small bush)
Daisy (Bellis )
Pyracantha (on a portable frame, used as a screen)
all the surrounding hedge is Privet
Strawberries (gone wild)
Large Pine tree (jeffreyi)
Geranium(Pelargonium) planted in their pots
and lifted out before the winter.
Water lily (Nymphaea)
The fairies started flying into the Fairy Garden in Jersey UK
around the end of January 2005. They all came by the same travel
agent, Ebay. I asked ninety-five lots of them to come over and I am
pleased to say that seventy odd lots made it. Six hundred of them altogether.
They came over from England, Canada, North and Sorth America.
They are all fairies although some of them look like Barbie, Sindy
or even the lovely little Kelly dolls. Think of them as fairies.
Peggy, a very kind lady in California , a doll and fairy collector,
send me over some wonderful fairies absolutely free of charge when she
heard that I was creating a garden for Children in Need. That made
a wonderful start to my fairy collection.
It is so encouraging to meet people like that when I am working on a
project as this one.
The work on the fairy garden is a lot harder than I first imagined.
Working on the archways and the planting out were simple, planning
where I was going to position the displays is somewhat more difficult.
Out of the six hundred or so Fairies/Barbies including little Kellys,
one hundred and fifty are waiting to be dressed and placed out in the
garden. They are on the dinning room table at this moment waiting
for their wings to be painted with some being fitted out with new clothes.
I have purchased a simple Singer sewing machine to make a start on the
job but I will have to learn how to use it first.
An other problem regarding sewing has occurred, I will be using nylon
material to save the clothes from rotting as the
fairies will be living outdoors for a long period. I am led to believe
that sewing with slippery material such as nylon is a lot more
difficult to do. Ah well! I will just have to learn.
Building work completed
I have made four security gates to that can only be opened by adults.
The idea of that is to stop the young ones from wondering out of the fairy
garden and into the main part of the garden where the large pond is.
A small wall has been built behind the freshly painted Cinderella's
stove, we used bricks from a disused electric storage heater.
Fifty odd small mushrooms using sand and cement have been cast,
painted and planted into position.
The Fairy Garden and the Fairy Tale areas have been landscaped
with small pathways leading to six little two feet by two thatched roof
cottages and a couple of castles.
The led pump above the water fountain is giving the impression that
the water coming from out of it is not so. A small concealed electric pump
is doing the work. A small pond near to the fountain has a
mist-making device fitted.
The larger of the two greenhouses in the Fairy Garden is used
to display Model Gardens and dolls, mostly Barbie. It is
sixteen feet long and ten feet wide with benching.
Background fairy music is installed. Loudspeakers are going
to be fitted into the roof of the archways and the music will start
when anyone enters the garden.
A live webcam is installed in a tree overlooking the fairy garden.
I am very fortunate that a friend of mine has volunteered to weld hundreds
of spring steel clips onto stainless steel rods to support the fairies now they
are installed in the garden.
to be continued..........
I had an idea to have an added attraction in the fairy
garden, I would use the greenhouse as a display area and display
a few Model Gardens that had been made purposefully for raising
funds for Children in Need. Below is a little poster that I sent out.
Like the idea? … and it’s free
……. I have just thought of it …I am sure that it will encourage more folk to visit the garden,
and part with their
pennies. All monies go to the BBC Children in Need Appeal Fund from the fairy
Year round fund raising for the
BBC Children in Need Appeal Fund
is to encourage children and adults to take an interest in gardening.
Create a miniature fairy garden
I am asking if there are children and children at heart (adults) if they would like to create a
miniature fairy garden of their very own. I am reserving an area in the garden adjacent to
the fairy garden to accommodate sixteen separate gardens, each measuring
1.5m x 1.8m with a picket fence dividing them and a gate to enter each one. In the case of
a school, they would have a garden measuring 1.5m x 3.6m………….
It is not a competition.
will first present a plan/design of their idea of a miniature fairy garden to me
or in the case of a school to their teacher for our perusal. They will be able
to start building
towards the end of April 2006. Garden plans (please keep them simple) can
be drawn up between now and the beginning of April. The fairy garden builders will also
be expected to maintain their own gardens during the summer season, say from May to
September. At this moment, I am planning to construct a raised area so that disabled
folk can join in the
To avoid disappointment, I would suggest that anyone wanting to take part in
project might like to put their names down sooner rather than later.
There is no age limit.
Materials used should be less than 50% artificial.
The garden must not be over 0.5 meters high (or 18 inches to some.)
Cost of the materials for the gardens, should not exceed £5.00.
To be continued ………… more detail (when I have thought of them) to follow later.
By Grandpa Reg Langlois
Once upon a time …
a good way to start a story….
… I had been asked to baby-sit for my son and daughter-in-law’s children,
my grandchildren Helen and Peter. The moment that I arrived at
their home I was greeted by the two young children with their arms
full of fairy tale books. Their mother had told them earlier that I
was going to tell them stories when I arrived. I was soon to be made
comfortable on the settee with the children either side of me, when I
had to make a major decision as to whose story book I would read first
as they could not agree to having the same one. I knew I would be
of them so I asked if they minded if I told them my
one of them so I asked if they minded if I told them my
own story and, with
great enthusiasm, they agreed to listen.
went something like this ….
…. Once upon a time an old man and his three grandchildren were
walking through the woods. It was a fine warm day in the summer,
with the sunbeams dancing though the trees above and birds singing
to each other and flying onto the pathway ahead of the children, picking
to feed their young. Because of the heavy rainfall the night
insects to feed their young. Because of the heavy rainfall the night
before, the potholes on the pathway were filled with water and the birds
were enjoying an early morning bath. The children were delighted to see
antics. Even the tiniest of them were behaving like ducks.
The potholes were very shallow so the birds could not come to any harm,
they were ducking their heads under the water.
Not only had there been heavy rain the night before, but there was
a strong wind that blew a lot of leaves off the trees to build up in
heaps on the side of the pathway. The children ran and jumped
into the heaps of leaves, rolling over and over on them. They were having a
wonderful time. Grandpa called out to them to be careful
what they did not disturb any wildlife that might be hiding in them.
did not want to spoil their fun but he knew that there
would be some wildlife in the leaves. Just then a small mouse emerged
cautiously from a heap of leaves nearby, took a look at the children,
stood on his back legs and proceeded to wash his face. The children
were amazed and stood transfixed until he had finished his ablutions.
It was not until one of the them moved that the mouse ran away
back into the undergrowth. This was a new adventure for the
they had never seen creatures like that so close before.
They continued along the path tiptoeing very quietly in case they saw
more wildlife amongst the leaves. Suddenly they stopped. A heap
of leaves was moving. The youngest of the children hung onto his
the other children,
while the other children,
moved closer to their him. He was smiling for, as he had guessed,
a large blackbird with a bright yellow beak appeared, startling
the children. They wanted to know what a bird was doing under
the leaves. Birds fly, they
not go under leaves. He explained
do not go under leaves. He explained
that birds are always looking for food for themselves and their
young and the heap of leaves would provide them with a
variety of insects. He told
that, although that they
them that, although that they
had passed that way before, they had never noticed the wildlife
and other things moving about in the woods because they, like
all children, would have been running and shouting to each other
and, without realizing
away before they had even noticed them.
Although the children were very excited as they walked along the
tree covered pathway, they asked Grandpa in a whisper whether, if
they were very quiet, they would see more animals like the
little mouse? Grandpa said they would and they did see many more
as they continued their walk. They all agreed to be as quite as
mice and walk along very slowly. As they turned the next bend,
they stopped and sat on a small bank amazed at the spectacle before them.
There were at least fifteen or even twenty rabbits, large and small,
running up and down a high, grass covered bank. The children
remained absolutely still noticing that some were going in and out
holes in the ground. Grandpa,
seeing that the children
looked puzzled, bent down and explained in a whisper that the holes
in the bank were where the rabbits lived. They looked at him in
disbelief and he understood why when the youngest told him that he
thought rabbits lived in rabbit hutches. At that, the eldest of the
grandchildren, who thought she knew everything, began
to giggle and told her younger brother that rabbits normally
in holes. She made so much noise
noticed that she had frightened all the rabbits away.
Grandpa reminded them that, if they wanted to see anything
in the woods, they would have to stay perfectly quiet. It was not
long before they saw something else much larger than them and,
it not looked so beautiful, they might have been frightened. It
was a deer and one of the children whispered that she wanted to call it
Bambi. It had been looking at them for some time through a clearing
in the woods and only moved away when it heard what sounded
like gunfire. Grandpa told them not to worry as it was not a gun
the noise but a tree being felled by woodmen in the distance.
They continued their walk, passing a beautiful little cottage with smoke
curling out of the chimney. The children thought that it must be lovely
to live in the woods surrounded by animals. In all the excitement they
had not noticed how tired they had become after all that running around.
What an adventure! Grandpa suggested that they might like to sit down
rest for a while on a grassy bank in the warm sun.
in the warm sun.
First walking and now climbing - what fun, but very tiring. When
they got to the top of the bank Grandpa sat down first, followed
by the children. All at once they wanted to use him as a pillow. They
must have been tired because one by one they went off to sleep. Grandpa
softly whispered to them, sweet dreams. The youngest of the children
went to sleep first followed soon after by the other two.
Grandpa stayed awake to look after them. He was enjoying this day as
this was the first time he had them all together to walk with him in
the woods, for now they were old enough to be able to walk any distance
and appreciate what the woods had to offer them.
dressed in a bright red shawl and carrying a basket over her arm.
She smiled at them and told them she was going to see her
Grandmother who was ill and in bed, adding that she had just
seen a wolf and told him about her poor grandma's illness, He
appeared to be very concerned about her health and had asked the
young girl where did her grandmother live. She said that she told him
and he then suggested, to get to her grandma's quicker, she might like
to take a short cut to the cottage by going by a different route.
Giving the children a wave she continued on her way.
A little further on they came to a little red brick- built cottage
with a pig looking out through a window, as they passed, the pig called
out something about a wolf huffing and puffing, but the children could
not hear exactly what he said as the windows were closed. Grandpa thought
that, had it been important, the pig would have come outside to tell them so.
The next house they passed was occupied by three bears - a very large
one, a medium sized one and a baby one. They looked as if they had just
returned home and were going indoors as Grandpa and the
children went by.
As they continued on their way, they saw in the distance a very large,
beautiful building with many towers. They asked Grandpa what it
but he had never seen one like it before, though he said he thought
was a castle.
closer so Grandpa agreed to take them. They soon arrived and, not seeing
anyone around to ask if they could go in, they decided to have a quick
look around by themselves. They went from room to room on the ground
floor, each one seeming larger and more decorative than the last, but,
when they climbed the long, wide staircase and entered the first bedroom
they had the surprise of their lives for, lying on the bed, was a beautiful
girl fully dressed and asleep. As they did not want to disturb her, they
tiptoed back down the stairs and out of the castle into the woods.
They carried on their way until, outside a large house, they saw a
pretty girl with her face and arms covered in what looked like black
soot from a stove. She was crying and told them that she wanted to go to
but had nothing to wear. The
children told her not to worry for
they were sure that something would turn up so that she could go. She
thanked them for stopping to hear her sad tale and bid them “good day”.
They soon came to a clearing in the woods, where a most unusual
sight met their eyes. Outside of a little cottage a young man was
climbing up a large beanstalk that reached right up to the sky.
They had not gone much farther when they heard singing,
“Hi Ho Hi Ho its off to work we go” and saw seven Little folk walking
and dancing down the path through the woods seeming unaware that
they, the children, were there. The children then noticed a young woman
with black hair standing in the doorway of the little house from which the
folk had come and waving them goodbye.
As they walked away from that happy scene, they saw another
castle, but this had only one big, tall tower with a small window at the
top through which a young lady was uncurling her very long hair
down to the ground. Nearby a handsome young man stood near some
bushes looking up towards the castle and calling out to the lady asking
her to let her hair down. As neither Grandpa nor the children understood
what was going on, they moved away and
continued their walk.
The pathway seemed to wind on forever with so many interesting
things to see, but they were a little puzzled to see stones placed at intervals
along the path leading to a large heap of fallen leaves that moved as
they approached and two children emerged saying that they had slept
under them to keep warn during the night. Grandpa and the children
thought that the two children looked well enough and carried on walking.
They began to realise that they had been dreaming when the next
thing they saw was a cat wearing long boots standing on the side
of the road as if waiting for something. One of the children went over
to the cat and asked him what he was doing there. He replied that he
was going to London to see the Queen. They bid him a safe journey and
went on their way.
Just when they were thinking about returning home,
they were nearly
knocked over by a girl on horseback racing towards another castle. She
looked very upset as she sped past and they overheard her saying that she
wanted to marry her friend, although
he was large and beastly.
The children had gone far enough that day and turned back along
the same pathway. They had had the time of their lives and could not
wait to get home to tell their friends and relations of their adventures.
They had seen castles, rabbits running in and out of holes and a cat
wearing boots. Such excitement!
heap of leaves. They were seen tucking into a hearty meal in a cottage with friends.
And, as the children passed the castle, the one with the young
lady with the long hair, they saw the handsome young man, who
had been calling out to the young lady earlier, climbing up her
hair into the castle. Grandpa and the children still did not know what
was going on, so they carried on walking until they came to the clearing
where they saw the young woman with black hair washing heaps
of clothes. She was singing quietly to herself “Hi Ho, Hi Ho, its off to
work they go” The children waved to her as they went past and she
returned their wave giving them a beautiful smile.
They soon reached another clearing in the woods where they had
the young boy climbing a beanstalk, but now it had been cut
and was lying on the ground. Grandpa thought that very strange
appeared to be very healthy when they went past earlier.
The children asked if they might see the castle again, where the
beautiful lady lay asleep, but, as they approached, they saw a
handsome couple walking arm in arm in the garden. With great relief
they recognised her as the same lady whom they had seen asleep in
the bedroom of the castle.
As it was growing late, they returned to the pathway and walked
on until they came to the house where the girl
lived. As they passed they looked in through the doorway and saw two
people talking. They recognised one as the girl who had poured out her
problems to Grandpa and the children earlier but the other person facing
them was dressed like no-one they had ever seen before. She was all in
a silver stick with a silver star on the end of it but,
carried a silver stick with a silver star on the end of it but,
what was even more strange, she had silver wings just like a butterfly.
Sensing their presence, the girl they had meet earlier turned towards
them and gave them a radiant smile as if to say thank you.
When they reached the bear’s house, all they could hear was a
high-pitched voice from indoors, possibly baby bear, complaining
that someone had eaten his porridge and further along the path outside the
pigs’ brick-built house they saw a wolf on his knees huffing and puffing
at it, but he soon ran away when he saw the children chasing after him.
Further still along the path they again saw the girl with the red cloak.
was standing outside her Grandmother’s cottage talking to a
woodman who was warning her about talking to wolves. Grandpa
overheard their conversation and fully agreed with him. When
eventually they reached the raised bank where they had rested earlier,
they sat there for some time using Grandpa as a pillow until he told them
that they had
had a good sleep
and it was time for them all to go home.
On the way Grandpa told the children all about wildlife that
they could expect to see as they walk around, not just in forests and
woodlands , but in town gardens and, in fact, anywhere that
wildlife might expect to find food. Not only birds, but foxes and badgers
coming into town gardens as hedgehogs have done for years.
Grandpa thought that what the children had most enjoyed that day
was seeing the
little mouse washing himself.
Please click on the thumbnails below to view the Fairy Garden
Once upon a time ......
My son reckons that I am spending
too much time in my fairy garden.
Ah! I knew that there is something
different, ....I have just noticed that
he has changed the colour of my jumper.