FLUSHING —This Saturday, Flushing residents Denise and Dave Jones will be inviting the community to take a stroll through their backyard garden for a good cause.
Tucked away on the Joneses’ Elms Road property is an enchanted trail, featuring a wide variety of fairy houses and an array of flowers and sculptures.
Winding around a half-acre of pine trees, the garden is home to over 250 fairy dwellings— each with their own unique styles, appearances and sizes.
“Many of the houses have a theme,” said Denise Jones. “There’s a Lord of the Rings house, scenes from Frozen, Winnie the Pooh and Shrek. There’s a little something for everyone.”
Along the way, visitors can spot plenty of surprises, including a pink outdoor bedroom set and sections of antique farming tools.
Jones said that her inspiration for building fairy houses was sparked after a trip to the Enchanted Forest store in Frankenmuth.
“I just think they’re adorable,” she said. “I’ve been making fairy houses for eight years and I still find them fascinating.”
When her youngest daughter left for college in 2015, Jones decided to take her passion a step further by transforming her own backyard into an “enchanted forest.” Together, she and her husband Dave designed the space from a “U” shape into a complex network of gardens and fairy houses.
Denise said that the garden has been a big hit with her family— particularly her grandkids. This week, she’s aiming to draw the community out for a benefit tour.
The event, which will run between 12 and 6 p.m., is being held to cover funeral expenses for the family of Aaron Jelemensky, who passed away in July. Jelemensky, a 2002 Flushing High School scholar athlete in both soccer and bowling, was a close friend of the Joneses and attended Flushing High School with Denise’s oldest son.
“Aaron was always respectful and kind hearted, and his life will forever be cherished by those who loved him,” Denise said. “We’ve known the family a long time, 25 to 30 years, and we want to show our love and support for them.”
There is no admission fee to tour the garden, but the Joneses are asking for donations of any size.
The garden is located on 225 N. Elms Road.