Woodland Whimsey at Bullington Gardens

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“To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play,” Albert Einstein

Bullington has long been a place for many students to learn about science through nature, but after a long year, we’re also giving them an opportunity to expand their imagination. Creativity and imagination help children learn to be problem solvers, think up new ideas, and improve I.Q. And the fairy gardens are all about imagination.

The team of volunteers, under the guidance of fairy master Mary Martin has been busily using their imagination to construct these miniature woodland abodes. They’ve been painting, nailing, and constructing a fairy village and new fairy vignettes that will be on display from June 1st  through August 31st. In order to help foster literacy, there is fairy poetry along the trail. In creating this magical woodland world, volunteers hope that it can help children develop a light-hearted sense of wonder.

“It’s all about the experience”, says Mary, and to help keep that experience personal, groups will be given the opportunity for a one-on-one visit with the fairies. Volunteers will greet guests, and entrance will be based on a first-come, first-serve basis. There will be scavenger hunts and puzzles for those who may have to wait to enter the fairy trails.


Also, there are sponsored fairy doors on the trail, which help offset costs incurred throughout the year. These doors contain a special message for those who open the door. Special thanks are given to Patrice German, of BeeHaven Gardens, Carolina Hemp Company, Priscilla and Jerry Glasow, Suzanne Wodek, Kris Wetmore of Family Tree Service, and an anonymous donor for their sponsorship of a fairy door.

If Einstein is correct and imagination is more important than knowledge, we’ve got lots of food for thought this summer.