Garden Faeries?

faerie garden lairs ?
Do faeries (fairies) sometimes live in garden lairs?

I had never heard of a garden fairy (faerie) lair before I saw this article.  And, looking at the photo… well, she might be right.

May Dreams Gardens: Revealing birds, fairies, and letters


It is even harder, though, to be quiet enough to sneak up to this spot and actually see the garden fairies than it is to sneak up on the birds. They are too swift and alert to be caught out in the open by a big awkward gardener

I’m not sure why this make so much sense to me.  I’m not even sure the gardener is serious about this.  However, it seemed to ring true when I read it.

As I’m writing this, here in New Hampshire, snow is on the ground.  However, when spring arrives… well, this might be something to create in the garden, with moss and clover and other faerie-like plants.

It’s something to add to your garden plans.  Let me know what happens, if you try this.

Also, I noticed this variation on my faerie door ideas.  It’s just the door and the window, to attach to a tree in your garden.

Though it’s designed as a cute decoration, it might just work if you’d like faeries to visit you.

What Faeries Look Like

First of all, hardly anyone sees faeries (or fairies), full-face and in bright light. Most people see them slightly out of straight-on vision, or out of the corner of an eye. (When you look straight at them, they vanish. Part of this may be the legend that you can gain control over a faerie if you are able to look him/her straight in the eye.)

What faeries look like

Many people see  small faeries as little balls of light or shadow, flitting around the room. The lights can be white or pastel, usually. In our house, these are about two or three inches in diameter.

Here’s what they might look like, outside:

Faeries in the park

The small ones are more likely to interact with you, and–frankly–I think they’re the ones who hide things.

For more information, read Blurry spheres of light – what faeries really look like .

The human-sized faeries don’t seem particularly interested in us, when they appear. They interact on a personal level, in Underworld journeys and in dream/messages. However, I don’t think they’re “borrowing” shiny and glittery objects from us. That wouldn’t make sense, from their demeanor.The larger ones can range from two- or three-foot tall “gnome” size, to people who look just like you and me, or even larger.

Among the smaller “gnome-sized” ones, I usually notice that they’re wearing something red, and some green (usually a moss green color), but otherwise I don’t see them long enough to give a good description.

The larger ones (human sized, or larger) tend to be wearing more somber colors, often shades of tan or brown, the sort of thing peasants wove in the Middle Ages.

But, when I see these larger figures, they appear for about 1/10 the duration of the smaller ones, and they’re usually striding quickly as if going somewhere in my apartment. Perhaps they’re just passing through our dimension/world briefly. I have no idea.

I often see a cloak billowing behind the human-sized ones. It’s not a huge cloak, just a normal one as someone would wear for casual, everyday dress. The color is usually a warm brown, similar to the color of hot cocoa, but more reddish like oak.

Are these all faeries? I haven’t a clue. They seem to have something in common, including their manner of vanishing, so–for now–I call them all “faeries.” (Again, we get into the question of whether “faeries” are just the small–often winged–creatures, or can faeries be larger and/or include the Tuathai?)

But it’s not just seeing them. As an artist and author, I’m visually oriented, so it’s probably natural for me to see them, more than anything else.

Other people hear them but don’t see them.

Keep your expectations reasonable, and you will be rewarded.

For more tips on seeing faeries around you, read my article, Seeing faeries.

Faeries likes and dislikes

You do not have to believe in faeries. You must be willing to objectively see what’s going on around you, but you don’t have to believe.

The faeries are real, whether you believe in them or not. They won’t stay where they’re ignored or ridiculed, but they are very, very real.

I fully realize how odd it sounds, to say that I see faeries and interact with them. I mean, I would never mention this in conversation at a corporate cocktail party, and expect to be taken seriously!

However, I really do see them, and others do too, regardless of how they explain them. Even complete skeptics notice the flitting lights and shadows in our home, and often ask what they are. Sometimes I say, “I don’t know,” which is true. At other times, I’ll admit, “We think they’re faeries.”

Regardless of the explanation, the visitor will usually comment that he/she is still seeing these odd little things, later.

So, if you raise an eyebrow as you read this, it’s okay. I know that, whether or not you believe in them, you will see them if they’re nearby.

It will take an open mind to accept their reality.

How to attract faeries

How do you attract faeries? Like other beings, faeries have their own likes and dislikes. It’s difficult to say, “Oh, this will definitely work,” because they’re just like you and me in that respect.

We have our own reasons for going places.

For example, I love libraries but if the librarians are snooty, I won’t go back a second time.

So, if you don’t let the faeries know that you are aware of them and appreciate them, they may not return.

Here are common likes (and dislikes) of faeries:


  • Tidiness, order, and cleanliness, especially in the kitchen
  • Bread and cake – little bits set out in the evening
  • Something that clearly invites them. The faerie door is a good example.
  • Milk or water, set out in the evening, perhaps in a nice thimble (but not one made of iron or steel)
  • Glittery and shiny things – small bells, marbles, jewelry (no iron or steel)
  • Music – light, happy music, even singing in the shower can help
  • Low lighting – they are most often seen at dusk and dawn, but a small candle (electric is okay) can guide them to your home


  • Iron things. Especially scissors left out in plain view. Pins, knives, anything made of iron will frighten them, sometimes.
  • Clutter, disorder, stacks of things that haven’t been sorted, and so on
  • Bells. I know that some faeries like bells, but they are their own bells. If your cat wears a bell, or you have a very rude alarm clock, or something like that, the noise may drive away the faeries.
  • Water. Many “psychic” experiences are attributed to a deep, hidden stream under a building. Some faeries are the opposite: They don’t like to cross a stream, hidden or visible. (Then again, we have plenty of faeries who live in or near the water, so this isn’t a firm rule.)
  • Looking them in the eye. It is said that you can gain control over a faerie, especially a Leprechaun, if you look him/her straight in the eye and hold that gaze.

Forest illustration by Timo Balk
Used with permission.