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Published April 07, 2012, 10:44 PM

A New Type of Gardening Fad Growing

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A fad in garden centers across the country explodes in the metro. It's called fairy gardening. And it's all about creating a miniature escape.

A fad in garden centers across the country explodes in the metro. It's called fairy gardening. And it's all about creating a miniature escape.

We introduce you to a grandma-grandson duo digging into this growing trend.

Rylan: " I kinda like the globe..."

In this one foot by one foot planter, 5-year-old Rylan Bredahl's has created his own little oasis.

Bredahl: " I have plants and rocks.."

When Grandma Judy Edwards heard about a class to create Fairy Gardens, she quickly signed her and Rylan up.

Edwards: "it was his idea, and I thought he done a fantastic job."

Fairy Gardens are about everything miniature. People put in small plants resembling full-size bushes and trees. Even throw in some dollhouse-size items. But there's no limit to how large they can get.

Eric Baker/Owner of Baker Garden &Gift: " fairy gardening is an easy one to put your mind around, small space gardening is another way to look at it."

This fun fad is drawing a lot of attention at Baker Garden and Gift.

Baker: " ladies just say, cute, and they literally have to stop here and study it like a painting."

Since Baker Garden and Gift got involved in this whole trend of fairy gardening last year, the sale of items related to these gardens like miniature bikes and wheel barrows has tripled.

Baker: " I have some people that stop gosh, just once a week to find out when the new stuff is coming."

Baker says it's easy to see what draws people to the project. It's cheap, and a way to keep memories.

Baker: " Gardeners can be thrifty, and if you look at what you have in your house already, it's always exciting to incorporate what you have

That's exactly what Rylan plans to do. Take little pieces from his life.

Rylan: "this is my favorite color"

And cement the memories into his tiny fairy garden.

Classes are every Thursday at Baker.

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