Fairy garden brings magic to Manasquan

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Eloise Brody, 7, of Manasquan created a fairy garden on Central Avenue last summer to bring magic and joy to the neighborhood. PHOTO BY MARK R. SULLIVAN

MANASQUAN — Among the greenery in a hollowed out tree trunk on Central Avenue is a fairy garden created by 7-year-old Eloise Brody, who wanted to bring magic to the neighborhood during a difficult year.

The idea for the fairy garden materialized early on in the pandemic, Eloise’s mother Kiah Brody said, when she and her children were looking for things to do while they were at home.

“I thought it was really innocent and sweet. I was encouraging it because I felt like the kids, during the pandemic, have really been super resilient,” Ms. Brody said.

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“We were just trying to brighten up someone’s day a little bit,” she added.

Eloise created the fairy garden last summer with her friend, Maya, and every day since she has made a point of stopping by to tend to the fairies and their home.

Eloise Brody’s fairy garden is located along Central Avenue at Charles Tassini Wildlife Park.
PHOTO BY MARK R. SULLIVAN

“Her and my husband walk every single night around the block … she checks up on it every single day, at least once a day,” Ms. Brody said. “She’s really dedicated to it.”

Eloise has also noticed that visitors, who are greeted by a sign that reads “Welcome to the fairy garden! Please feel free to add your own bit of magic to it,” have been doing just that.

“That makes me happy to see,” she said of neighbors adding to the fairy garden. “I think it brings it more magic.”

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