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Fairy Village in Church Hill vandalized the same day it was reported as trash

Posted at 5:39 PM, May 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-20 06:43:28-04

fairy gardenRICHMOND, Va. — Remember the fairy garden Mark Holmberg filed a report on last April? It’s been vandalized, according to a post on CHPN.

Jean McDaniel writes in with word that “the Fairy Village [28th and Grace] was vandalized last night. Someone stomped on (and broke) figurines, fences, a “Faerie Garden” sign and took away moss.”

Earlier in the day, an anonymous poster submitted the corner display to SeeClickFix as a “Trash/Bulk Pick-ups” request, saying “There has been junk on this corner for years. They call it the “Fairy Garden” but it is really just a bunch of trash.Please remove immdeiately it makes the whole block look junky!!”

The garden clearly brought joy to many a resident, as you can see in Mark’s video report, and from the comments on CHPN lamenting the pointless destruction.

In more than a few neighborhoods in River City, those with green thumbs have been thumbing them at the rules and are beautifying city property, deliberately adding flowers and other plantings in those fertile strips between the sidewalks and the streets. When CBS 6 spoke with some of these gardeners — who have spent their own money and time to brighten their blocks — they were unrepentant.

They pointed out that the city has told them they’re responsible for those right-of-ways in front of their homes when they’re covered with snow or ice.

They also note that you don’t have to look far to find city-owned right-of-ways un-mowed and unloved by the city, although there’s no question Richmond has made much makeover progress in recent years.

Check out the Fairy Garden and other pretty spots.