Area woman cre­ates fairy-tale gar­den

Area woman cre­ates in­tri­cate fairy-tale gar­den

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Rebecca Blan­chard rblan­chard@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @boy­er­town­times on Twit­ter

Lynn Bialek of Birds­boro has put to­gether an in­tri­cate gar­den for fairies in her back­yard.

Lynn Bialek has built a gar­den for fairies in her back­yard. It’s some­thing she looks for­ward to see­ing ev­ery morn­ing and es­pe­cially at night when the lights within the lit­tle houses shine bright — wel­com­ing fairies to visit.

It only took a few weeks for her to get ev­ery­thing set up, with the help of her hus­band Lee. Now there’s a whole vil­lage to en­joy, full of warm­ing de­tailed set­tings.

De­signed to at­tract fairies, the gar­den is com­plete with rivers, a water­fall (or two), roads, houses small and large, plants, plus a fish­ing hole com­plete with a fish­ing pole, a bob­ber and a hook. A piece of mir­ror serves as the wa­ter.

Bialek started to make reg­u­lar trips to the lo­cal re­cy­cle area to find tree stumps and give them new life as homes for fairies.

“I started col­lect­ing more and more stumps.” She’d coat the stumps in polyurethane to kick off the con­struc­tion process, pic­tur­ing what parts would serve best as a door­way or win­dow. “Then I de­cided I wanted steps go­ing up, so we sliced lit­tle wood pieces,” said Bialek “The de­tail is what makes it.”

Founder of the Birds­boro Gar­den Club, Bialek refers to her­self as a snow­bird, trav­el­ing to­ward warmth and where gar­dens are green­est dur­ing the win­ter months. As soon as she re­al­ized her home­town didn’t have a gar­den club — she de­cided to start one last year. The fairy gar­den be­came a large project of hers in late Au­gust.

Many items placed through­out the gar­den carry per­sonal sig­nif­i­cance. As a four-year can­cer sur­vivor, Bialek was sure to in­clude a rib­bon. She has also in­cluded a golf club, a bi­cy­cle, and a play­ground fea­tur­ing a tire swing.

“We al­ways had a tire swing grow­ing up so I had to put a tire swing in there,” said Bialek. “I think minia­tures are re­ally neat. A cou­ple years ago, a friend of mine made me a con­crete planter which is a big shell. One thing led to an­other, I needed a mer­maid and lit­tle toys. That kind of started it.”

While putting it all to­gether, she noted the im­por­tance of keep­ing sim­i­larly-sized items grouped to­gether.

“I find in­ter­est­ing branches in the woods and bring them out as trees.” She re­cently planted a few suc­cu­lents in since they don’t need sun­shine right now like ev­ery­thing else. “That’s the whole idea of the fairy gar­den — you put it in­side your gar­den where things are grow­ing.”

In ad­di­tion to the homes, she’s made a thatched roof and a gaz­ing ball. Her hus­band helped to make small, fairy-size Adiron­dack chairs. There’s also a hand­made street sign rep­re­sent­ing all the ar­eas they reg­u­larly visit, ar­rows point­ing in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions.

She re­cently in­vited friends and fam­ily over to see the fairy gar­den dur­ing it’s evening prime time.

“Fairies are sup­posed to like bling and mu­sic,” she said, wind­ing up a small mu­sic box. “It’s a lot more fun if you make the stuff, but then there’s stuff that you just can’t make.”

“That’s the whole idea of the fairy gar­den — you put it in­side your gar­den where things are grow­ing.” — Lynn Bialek, Founder of the Birds­boro Gar­den Club

PHO­TOS BY REBECCA BLAN­CHARD — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Lynn Bialek, founder of the Birds­boro Gar­den Club, has built a fairy gar­den in her back­yard.

This is the first tree stump Lynn Bialek picked out and trans­formed into a fairy home for her gar­den.

A stump which has been trans­formed into an invit­ing home for a fairy.

A sign for the Birds­boro Gar­den Club fea­tured in Lynn Bialek’s fairy gar­den.

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