10th Annual Fairies in the Garden

Atlanta, GA – Skyland Trail, a nonprofit mental health treatment organization, will participate in the tenth annual Fairies in the Garden event at Woodlands Garden in Decatur, Georgia. Adult and adolescent clients from Skyland Trail, with assistance and guidance from horticultural therapy program experts, use natural materials like bark, twigs, branches, leaves, and berries to create intricate, artistic “fairy” homes. The free, family-friendly event will be open to the public during daylight hours beginning Saturday, October 8, through Saturday, October 22, 2022.

This year, Fairies in the Garden will feature eight unique fairy home installations hidden throughout the eight-acre forest. A map detailing the locations and names of each installation is available online or in person to help guide attendees through the interactive exhibit. Clients from Skyland Trail will create three of the eight installations. Participants from Hillside Atlanta, another nonprofit mental health treatment organization, will create three other installations, and both Skyland Trail and Hillside Atlanta will collaborate on two installations.

“We are excited to once again be a part of this wonderful annual event at Woodlands Garden,” said Shelley Danser, CTRS, Adjunctive Therapies Director. “Our clients and staff have been hard at work creating some incredible fairy homes. Each year, this event serves as a great opportunity to partner with Woodlands Garden to provide clients the chance to showcase their creativity, ingenuity, and playfulness with nature while using skills like mindfulness they have gained while in treatment at Skyland Trail.”

An image of a previously installed fairy home at fairies in the garden at woodlands garden decatur. A small "house" made of bark, twigs, moss, rocks, leaves, and flower petals.

About Fairies in the Garden

Dates: Saturday, October 8–Saturday, October 22, 2022

Time: Exhibit is open during daylight hours

Location: Woodlands Garden, 932 Scott Boulevard, Decatur, GA 30030

Cost: Free. Donations are welcome.

Parking: Limited parking at Woodlands Garden is available. Off-site parking options are available at Westchester Elementary on weekends and on Maediris Drive across from the Decatur YMCA.

Horticultural therapy is an integrated component of residential mental health treatment programs for adults and teens at Skyland Trail in Atlanta. Expressive therapies, such as horticultural therapy, art, and music therapy, help clients explore activities that are fun and engaging, build confidence and social skills, offer a respite from thinking about mental illness, and provide a connection to the community.