The World's Largest Fairy Garden?

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24 miles east of Ruidoso, at mile marker 284 on Hwy. 70, Hondo, New Mexico

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The Hondo Fairy Garden is located at the Hondo Iris Farm, in the forest area below the iris garden. Among its many other up to date facilities, the fairy garden boasts a general store, a barbecue restaurant, a fairy flight school for the training of young fairies, a fairy ring with toadstools, a canoe, conveniently located on the side of the irrigation ditch, a fairy swimming pool, a troll bridge, a children’s fairy wishing tree, and even a fairy golf shop. Younger fairies can swing on a fairy tire located high up in the trees, out of reach of any children or adults who might be visiting the garden. For added fairy protection there are strange fantastical forest creatures hiding in the forest trees, ready to scare away any unwelcome intruders. There are many other fairy attractions and the fairy garden grows every day.

The fairy garden is a large art installation created by four artists: Anne Haile Carson, a Roswell, NM resident and sometimes lecturer on fairies and fairy gardens, Karl Wenner, a mathematics teacher at Hondo, Santa Fe folk artist Ed Larson, “Famous Ed”, and Hondo artist Alice Seely.

The four artists plan to continue to contribute to the fairy garden’s already extensive list of fairy scenes, so the fairy garden can further substantiate its claim to be the world’s largest, and only desert garden exclusively for fairies. The next project is a fairy convention center, suitable for a gathering of thousands of fairies.

In the meantime, the artists hope to inspire both children and adults to begin work on their own fairy gardens. The Hondo fairy garden is a captivating experience for both children and adults.

Open Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free.