Fairies in the Botanical Gardens

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I am a lover of wondrous things - fairy tales, Harry Potter, Christmas spirit... Naturally, when one of my girlfriends told me there were fairies in the botanical gardens at Roger Williams Park, I was on the edge of my seat! She had brought the girls she babysits and there happened to be an exhibition (I had to confirm that it wouldn't be weird to go without children). Local artists created fairy homes (which are apparently a thing) and installed them in the gardens. A and I went to see them the following afternoon, and spent a good hour leisurely exploring the four greenhouses.

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It's inspiring to me how artists can imagine and then create little worlds in intricate detail. The many miniature ladders throughout the exhibition warmed my heart!

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I thought these cacti, especially the fuzzy one in the middle, had character. Next to them was a massive blue agave (about the size of our bed), and next to that were carnivorous plants; I felt like I was in Jumanji!

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Another heart-warming ladder.

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It was our first time in the gardens, which were lovely themselves, but searching for each fairy home enhanced the experience.

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Isn't this little garden gnome precious? I wanted to bring him home with us!

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Can you tell that this one was my favorite? From the pretty pink roses to the wine cork steps.

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This one gets to me every time.

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I had a difficult time choosing which photos to post as we had taken over a hundred. This is also one of two posts in the botanical gardens - the first features my outfit of the day and more flowers and greenery. You can read it here!

I'm compiling a list of other similar places to explore throughout New England in the summer months, such as the farmer's markets, topiary gardens, and the covered bridge in Rhode Island, the sunflower and daffodil fields and the rose garden in Connecticut, the tulips in Boston, the mountains and lakes in New Hampshire, and almost anywhere in Vermont and Maine. Let me know if I'm missing anywhere/if you have recommendations!

lifeJen