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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 

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Creating a 'fairy garden'



I 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

Sleeping Beauty and Grimmes fairy tales.      

The 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.




 A little history about my Fairy Garden 



On stony ground

The site where the fairy garden is now, was at 

one time covered with broken rock mixed with 

sandy soil, and when my father bought the farm 

and land back in 1947 he had to clear areas so that he 

could grow produce. 

The area of land that I am using for the fairy garden

was left until last as it was going to be the most difficult

one to clear of stone.

I left school in 1951 at the age of fifteen and immediately 

started working for my father and guess what my first job 

was, you are right it was picking up the rocks so that the

 land could be cultivated.

I will never forget that work, it took months to do. Every

year, before planting a fresh crop, I would have to go

over the land picking up rock that had worked its self up

out of the ground.



Building the Fairy Garden

 This area of my garden will be transformed into a fairy garden over 

the next couple of years.  Hopefully I will be having help from 

you to complete it.   I  started building it with help in late January 2005.  

 in part of my main garden. The  archways were erected over the 

pathways are seven feet six inches high and five feet wide  using 

2,000 feet of ten centimeter thick steel rod . The archways are 

covered with two inch mesh chicken wire, and the lot were painted 

dark green (with a paint roller to make the work a little easier).






These pictures are showing the area where the Fairy Garden is being

 constructed. The Large Mushroom of ten feet high was obtained originally from a 

children's play park that whose operators changed all their 

equipment over to plastic materials





The pathways total 120 feet long and the area of the garden

 is 50 x 50 square feet. I have installed an artificial stone 

waterfall, stepping down into four mini ponds.



















The archways are five feet wide 

                 and seven feet six inches high                                



















                             Flat pack Fairy Garden                                                                                             















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)



Periwinkle (Vinca)






Large Pine tree (jeffreyi)

Fern (Phegopteris)

Foxglove (Digitalis)

Pinks (Dianthus)

Geranium(Pelargonium) planted in their pots 

and lifted out before the winter.


Peony (Paeonia)

Water lily (Nymphaea)




Juniper (small)

Busy Lizzie





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.



Work completed.

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..........



Added attraction


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.



Children in Need

Model Gardens

Design and build a miniature Water garden or a Fairy glade


Open to groups: Schools, Clubs and Older Persons Homes and Associations

Entries are to be handed in by schools’ half term holiday, May 27th 2005


They will be on display at Reg’s Open Garden Events 

at Badgers Holt, Route des Genets,

St Brelade for the 2005 summer season and also at 

St Brelade’s Parish Hall and the Communicare Centre 

on occasions to raise funds for Children in Need


 The painted timber base 24 x 24 inches or 60 centimetres for the model 

will be supplied. The model must not overlap the base and overall it should not 

weigh more than 7 pounds or 3 kilograms and also it should be not be more than 

10 inches or 25 centimetres high 


As the models are expected to last at least 4 or 5 months, it would be inadvisable 

to use berries or any other kind of edible material as they could attract vermin and 

birds or children when they are in storage and that the material used should be 

fixed so as the model can be stored or shown on its side

The cost of making the model by the model builder/builders, 

should not exceed £10 

Entries will be judged between May 29th and August 21st 2005

by secret ballot by visitors to Reg’s Fairy Garden


                       Certificates will be awarded

             The models will remain the property of the builders

       and can be collected after August 22nd 2005


Reg Langlois will not be held responsible for any damage incurred

to the models whilst they are on his property.

Tel: 01534 743756                                                                             Reg Langlois

Mobile: 0779813502                                                                           Badgers Holt

Email: reg@reg-garden.com                                                               Route des Genets

         http://www.reg-garden.com                                                            St Brelade JE3 8DB   

                                                                                                        Jersey UK







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 garden.


Reg’s Fairy Garden.


Year round fund raising for the BBC Children in Need Appeal Fund


It 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.

The children 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 

their garden 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 fun.

                                    To avoid disappointment, I would suggest that anyone wanting to take part in this new 

                                                   project might like to put their names down sooner rather than later. 

                                                                   There is no age limit.                                                                        

                                                                                   Email: reg@reg-garden.com



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.






wpe15C.jpg (80085 bytes)      My Fairy Story

                                                                                                                    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

 upsetting one of them so I asked if they minded if I told them my 

own story and, with great enthusiasm, they agreed to listen.


                                  It 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 

up 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 

their antics. Even the tiniest of them were behaving like ducks.

The potholes were very shallow so the birds could not come to any harm, 

although 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. 

Grandpa 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 

children,  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 

grandfather’s hand very tightly 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 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 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 it,  would frighten all but the insects 

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 

of 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 

live in holes.  She made so much noise that they

soon 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,

had 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 

making 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 

to rest for a while on a grassy bank 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.

In their dreams they carried on walking , passing a little girl 

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 

was but he had never seen one like it before, though he said he thought 

it was a castle.

  The children had heard about castles and wanted to see this one much 

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 

the Ball 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 

Little 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!

  On their way back, they passed by the two children who had been sleeping under the 

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 

seen the young boy climbing a beanstalk, but now it had been cut down 

and was lying on the ground. Grandpa thought that very strange 

as it  had 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  with the blackened face 

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 

white and 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.  

She 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

 are 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.


  Reg Langlois




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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.



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