Wednesday, November 22 2017 23:40

Review: My Fairy Garden: Real Indoor Gardens for Toy Fairies...

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We've been fans of Playmonster's My Fairy Garden collection since we first discovered them a year or so ago. Having placed a fairy garden outside as part of our landscape every year, The Rock Daughters™ always have a habit of playing with the statues out there, and they're not really made for that since they're not toys. My Fairy Garden solves that problem by providing a real garden environment that kids can play with inside. Each kit comes with everything you need to build and grown the perfect spot for your fairy figures, and there's always room to expand, with a wide array of accessories and additional fairies available. Our original garden, the Magical Cottage, is still going strong, and this fall we added a new one to the mix - the Bean Blossom.

My Fairy Garden Review

My Fairy Garden kits include soil and seeds - all you need is water and a little patience. One thing worth noting is that the gardener in me will point out that since the depth of these sets tends to be shallow, there isn't a lot of room for root systems to develop, so the plants you grow will do so to varying results. Most last a few months (some longer, some shorter), but what I've found is that the kids don't really care what you grow, as long as you grow something. What's perfect is fast-growing grass seed - lawn repair seed is excellent for this. It sprouts and develops quickly, and you "give it a hair cut" about once a week and get the awesome smell of fresh-cut grass at home! I also like to use Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix in ours.

My Fairy Garden Bean Blossom

Our new Bean Blossom set (sent to us for review) is a tiny watering can Fairy house that comes with just two seeds - but they're special! Labeled as "Magic" and "Peace," you grow these one at a time, and when they sprout, the first leaves will have the words on them! As the pole beans grow, a support within the watering can will guide them, keeping them straight and tall.

My Fairy Garden Bean Blossom Review

Playmonster's My Fairy Garden collection is available now at retailers such as Toys "R" Us (where we've bought quite a few accessories), along with Amazon and the official Playmonster web store. Highly-recommended for budding gardeners and fairy fans. Rock Father-approved!

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, has contributed to The Toy Book and regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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