How do you know the difference between a fairy garden and a miniature garden? I propose the following definition:
A miniature garden is just that: everything that we’d normally see in a garden shrunk down to miniature size. Human looking benches that are scaled down in detail, made (or look like theyâ€™re made) out of the same materials that we make benches from.
Fairy gardens use nature, in the size it is found at a human scale, and make miniature worlds with it. A patch of leaves becomes a roof. Bark becomes the outside of a house. A tree hollow becomes an implied dwelling when a door is attached. A mushroom becomes a table and a stack of pebbles becomes a seat. See below:
Fairies might use fireflies landed on a string for lights. A miniature garden would use a tiny string of lights.
What do you think makes a fairy garden different from a miniature garden?