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Tiny worlds from big imaginations
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A fairy garden for sale at Brenda's Blumenladen in New Glarus. Miniature gardens, often referred to as fairy gardens, feature scaled-down versions of plants and items found in full-size gardens. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
NEW GLARUS - Some twinkle, some glow the dark and some are seemingly invisible to passers-by. Fairy gardens - tiny gardens in containers or small outdoor niches - have become a fascinating trend in the past year, even capturing a class of its own in the house plant judging at the Green County Fair this past July. Carlie Manthei creates the magical gardens for Brenda's Blumenladen in New Glarus and brought her demonstration to the Prairie View Nursing Home earlier this week.