The Faerie Garden

We recently completed a project in Fairview, North Carolina with our friend, garden designer Mardi Letson. Called the Faerie Garden, the project involved adding a new wall to an already terraced slope to create a children’s garden and play area. The terrace wall features a handful of niches that house the homeowner’s collection of glass insulators. To me they resemble arrow notches, because the tight curve of the wall makes me think of a castle tower or battlement. The focal point of the kids garden is the Pixie Table, which is bedazzled in marbles. Also nicknamed the Toadstool Table, it sits near the center of the garden and creates a gathering space that looks out on spectacular views of mountains and rugged farmland.

This drystone retaining wall supports the faerie garden.

This drystone retaining wall supports the faerie garden. Its tight curve echoes an ancient castle battlement. The niches house glass insulators- or are they arrow notches?

The Pixie Table is the focal point of the Faerie Garden.

The Pixie Table is the focal point of the Faerie Garden.

Small niches in the stone wall house the homeowner's collection of glass insulators.

Small niches in the stone wall house the homeowner’s collection of glass insulators.

A granitic gneiss drystone wall built in Fairview, North Carolina.

A granitic gneiss drystone wall built in Fairview, North Carolina.

The final phase of the project involved replacing the bottommost terrace, which was starting to collapse.