Fairy House Tour

September 15 & 16
Saturday – 9am till 1pm
Sunday – 11am till 3pm
Fairy houses are a small delight that can be created in your garden or made and exhibited on a local tour. Portsmouth, NH, sponsors an annual Fairy House Tour, and it is a fall highlight not be missed.
Fairy houses and fairy princesses – what a magical combination.
During the Fairy House Tour you will find fairy houses interspersed in the wonderful Victorian gardens of Strawbery Banke where history of the first settlers in the Portsmouth area has been preserved by creating and maintaining an actual community.
Fairy houses will also be found in the gardens, under the trees and displayed in some of the out buildings of Prescott Park.  Located on the banks of the Piscataqua River a few blocks from Market Square, Prescott Park offers over ten acres of gardens, fountains, lawns, walkways, and piers and is open free of charge year-round to the public.
The only thing that compares to the fun of building a fairy house is creating the outfit to wear to the Fairy House Tour. We’ve sewn fancy dresses, bought ones, pulled things from the closet – it doesn’t matter, just be creative and have fun. Wings and wands are welcome accessories.
Tracy Kane started this magic years ago with her DVDs and books, and it has grown ever since. Do you have or want a tour in your community? Check out how to set up a tour.
Tracy Kane and my granddaughter.
Little girls all dressed up with grandparents, parents, and little brothers in tow are everywhere. It is a wonderful sight.
To add to the day, even the crossing guards get into the spirit of the event and wear hysterical costumes that cause you to laugh out loud – a grown man with a tutu and wand will do that to you. I have to take a picture of him this year.
My granddaughter and I have gone to the Portsmouth Fairy House Tour for the past five years. We have made and submitted fairy houses for the last four.
Building a fairy house is letting your imagination go wild while you walk around your yard looking for natural materials. You can use a variety of things – branches, bark, pine cones, feathers, flowers, weeds, ornamental grasses, moss, pebbles, acorns – whatever you have. Glue guns are allowed as long as it is hidden by the natural materials.
To build an Eiffel Tower one year, we picked up and cut branches from all over the yard binding them together with twine. Grass plumes were cut and used for the top, and on the base we used moss for grass and broken tile for a road. We also made a car out of a pine cone and a driver was made from acorns. Pine boughs, hydrangeas,  and other flowers and seeds were used as decoration.
Because we love camping, last year we decided to make a campground with landscaping, camp sites, clam shell pool, and twig swings.
Pixie Hollow Campground
We also made a ballet studio with dance bar for the girls, and a juice bar with table and shell seats for the boys.
Ballet Studio and Juice Shop
A Fairy House Tour is such a lovely way to spend time with your children or grandchildren. We love checking out all the wonderful creations as we walk through the beautiful gardens of Prescott Park and the lovely historical homes and gardens at Strawbery Banke.
We haven’t decided what our theme will be this year, but we’ll submit a fairy house for the tour, enjoy our time walking through the historical gardens, and I have some lovely lavender material and tulle for a frilly outfit.
Life can be wonderful, natural, and include simple magic if we just allow it. Try it – build a fairy house and put magic in your garden or maybe on a tour.
Granddaughter (11) comments: The tour is so organized, and the fairy houses are all so interesting. Love it.

About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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9 Responses to Fairy House Tour

  1. What an awesome tour idea!! Anyone could have fun making a fairy house. I love your fairy houses- So detailed and interesting, I bet they look amazing in the garden!


  2. Grandma Kc says:

    Amara and I would l.just love going on a fairy tour! I also think it is wonderful that you have gone 5 years in a row! I will certainly discuss this idea with Amara — I would love to build a fairy house!


  3. Debra Pugh says:

    Hmm…this is such a cute idea. I love your campground


  4. Sally Kabak says:

    Lucy, granddaughter, has made herself a pretend house which she has put in artifical flowers. Shall share this idea with her.


    • Judy says:

      We just love fairy houses, and it’s only two weeks until our Tour so my granddaughter and I need to get busy building. Will include pictures when we get our 2012 Fairy House submission. Hope Lucy has a great time with her.


  5. Magical indeed. Kids and fairies are a perfect combination. What a fun event. One day I’ll have local grandkids (I hope) and can check into creating such an event in my town. Such fun!


  6. Connie says:

    Boy does that look like fun! Thanks for linking with me 🙂


  7. sued51 says:

    So Cool! I might have to check that out…not too far for me as I am in Mass…


  8. poppytump says:

    What a lovely post ! We should all believe in fairies ❤


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