GENEVA – Colonies of fairies live in Theresa Jaeger’s Geneva garden.
She started creating them seven years ago, Jaeger said, when her daughter was 2 years old.
There is a Japanese fairy garden, primitive, Parisian, little cottage and one made all of seashells gathered from a trip to Florida, Jaeger said.
“I have 15 fairy gardens, from 15-inch square ones to the elevated sandbox, which is 15 inches by 30 inches,” Jaeger said. “They are nestled around our flower beds and property.”
Jaeger also has an indoor organic herb fairy garden that grows grass and parsley for the family’s pet rabbits, Bunny and Macy.
This year, her fairy garden is one of the six that will be featured in the Geneva Garden Club’s biennial Garden Walk and luncheon, “Réflexions de Monet,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14 and June 15 with a box lunch available from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. both days.
Other gardens in the self-guided tour are the Country Garden, the Cottage Garden, Japanese Garden, the Garden at the Little Green House and Monet’s Café Garden.
New this year is the transformation of Sandholm Woods Park into the Café Jardin de Monet and French Market, with a boutique featuring flowers and garden accents presented by Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center of St. Charles.
Geneva High School French students and musicians will add flavor and flair to the day.
Club members and local bakeries also will host a bake sale.
Chez Moi Café of Geneva will prepare the box lunches of ham, brie and fig jam on a demi-baguette or turkey, smoked gouda, apple and honey mustard on multigrain roll.
Both choices will be served with bottled water, chips and a cup of salad.
Proceeds from the walk fund scholarships and community projects for beautification and preservation in the community.
Jaeger said this is the first time her garden was chosen to be included on the walk. A member for 20 years, she said she never thought her garden was worthy – but contributing to support the walk inspires members to work on their gardens.
“It is a wonderful thing for the community,” Jaeger said of the walk. “We open up our homes and yards … we pull together for community education and involvement.”