A fantasy garden is one that allows us to escape to a different place or satisfy a particular interest. Editor Paul Plant takes us into the fantasy gardens of three keen gardeners and talks to them about their creations.
Fantasy is not the exclusive realm of children, although a fantasy garden is ideal for encouraging the younger generation to play in the garden.
For young girls this can involve fairies, goblins, sprites and wizards; and for the boys it’s typically pirates, ships, warlocks and trolls. Whatever comics or books children read, a fantasy garden could be created to complement the story.
For adults a fantasy garden can provide an outlet for the expression of one’s art, the whimsy of collectables and for some a fascination with a location or holiday destination. In fact, the proverbial tropical Balinese garden could be defined as a fantasy garden for some of us.
The following three gardens are featured:
Susanne’s Hideaway Garden
Located 88km west of Mackay at an altitude of 791m, sits a garden near Eungulla National Park that is testament to the craft endurance of one artist.
Fantasy is not just for children. With 6,000m2 of land in Samford Valley and 10 years of hard work, Ron and Helena King have created a garden with multiple fantasy features, all on shale and clay.
Jan and Jim Flanigan of Mt Crosby created the Flanigan Fairy Garden for the children – to get them more involved in gardening. These days they tidy it up, are actively involved in replanting the themed garden and organise the positions of fairies – a very important task for the girls.