A few years ago, I ran across this sweet story. I'm a sucker for whimsical storybook stuff. Never outgrew the little girl laying in the top bunk reading her life away I suppose. Closer to 50 than to 40, I still read children's books! Someday when I have grandchildren, this will seem "normal." In the meantime, I have a very imaginative inner child. And so, fairy gardens.
Fairy gardens are all over the Internet and Pinterest if you are truly interested. They can be planted in beds, like we did, or in containers. You can spend a lot of money on this little hobby, like all hobbies. We started off with about a $40 investment but you could spend much less. After we planted it, I went on Amazon and spent $10 more on a cement bird bath, bench for the gazebo (at my mom's request,) and a tiny red tin bucket. Not only is this charming and whimsical for your inner child, or an actual child should you have one ;) but it's a way to garden without the physical work-out of human sized gardening. You could even plant a little container garden inside your home!
Some people are just not wired for the world of imaginary villages and fairy tales. They'll think this is pretty silly. Which is fine because silliness is a very important aspect of enjoying life if you ask me! As for me, it's just fun.
Don't be surprised if this little garden keeps growing into a village!