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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Fairy Garden Days

Some gardens in spring, all you get are insects. But at Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, in the warmth of their enormous indoor space, the miniature creatures who appear every year around this time are considerably more special – fairies.

Fairy Garden Days runs April 14 – April 29 this year – designed to correspond with some kids’ April vacations. Gardeners and volunteers at the Botanical Center – the largest public indoor display gardens in New England, encompassing approximately 12,000 square feet of indoor gardens and voted "Best Urban Oasis" by Rhode Island Monthly magazine – use their imaginations (and bits and pieces of natural plant material) to form miniature fairy dwellings. While the fairies themselves haven’t yet been spotted, kids won’t tire of looking.  

It’s a whimsical good time, with workshops all week (they sell out quickly) and events like scavenger hunts and story time. Kids are invited to dress as fairy folks. For adults, there’s more to see here than gnomes: The Botanical Center includes two greenhouses with over 150 different species and cultivars of plants including 17 different types of palms. In nicer weather, outdoor garden displays include a Perennial Garden, Pine & Hosta Dell, Wooded Hillside Garden, Overlook Terrace and the gorgeous Rose Maze. And Roger Williams is a giant public park that includes the famous Roger Williams Park Zoo, a museum of natural history and more. 

The garden is open 10 am to 4 pm daily (last admission: 3:30pm), and general admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 3-12 and 64+, with kids under 3 free. Events are included with regular admission price. For more information call (401) 680-7250 or email