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Fairy gardening tips from a local expert

Donna Dent teaches a fairy garden class at The Barn Nursery. (Image: WTVC)

Fairy gardening is an easy, fun way to show your creative side on a small scale.

In this week's Homegrown we get a lesson on fairy gardens from Donna Dent, a custom designer at The Barn Nursery.

She teaches classes about fairy gardening, also known as container gardening.

"It's basically taking a garden or small landscape that you do outside and bringing it down on a miniature scale and putting it inside so you can enjoy it anytime," Dent said.

She says over the last few years more and more people are gardening in containers or jars.

"It's amazing we love it," Dent said. "We have kids of all ages, young and young at heart, they all come in and they just absolutely love fairy gardening."

Container gardens can be kept indoors or outdoors.

"You want to start with a shallow bowl, make sure you have good drainage with some rock and then a good quality potting soil as the base, then from there the sky is the limit," Dent said.

Donna says she fell in love with gardening 20 years ago and hasn't stopped since.

"I just love the joy you get to experience so many different things. You get to have all these occasions with people they come in for weddings or sometimes it's the sad things but you're still helping people out and walking through those journeys with them."

She says you don't have to have decades of experience to walk away a happy customer.

"Definitely don't be intimidated. If you don't have a green thumb, come down I've got a can of spray paint I'll make you one. We will get you growing something."

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