Almonesson, New Jersey: Backyard Fairy Garden

Small rock, shell and junk art environment created between 1945 and 1954 by carpenter Joseph Laux, who died in 1991, and who claimed that the garden was inspired by Walt Disney cartoons. He gave tours until 1987.
Address:
1493 Hurffville Rd, Almonesson, NJ
Directions:
South of the Deptford Plaza shopping mall. From Hwy 42N take exit for Hwy 41. At top of ramp, turn left. Just after the traffic light for Cooper St., the garden can be seen just past the Italian restaurant.
Hours:
Private property, visible from road.
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Fairy Garden. Backyard Fairy Garden

Great place -- glad we stopped. Beware of dog. There is a large, unrestrained dog roaming the property. I would have liked to stay more than 5 minutes, but I did not feel safe.

[28, 01/04/2012]
Backyard Fairy Garden

I have driven by this roadside site so many times in my life and have yet to NOT notice it. It takes up nearly a whole building lot. It was created by Joseph Laux. He used rocks, shells and broken china embedded in concrete to build this crazy bunch of castles and moats, bridges, baskets, and more. Though Joseph died in 1991, it is very well maintained and can be seen easily from the road in the yard that adjoins the home he lived in on Route 41 in Deptford.

[Jay Richman, 09/02/2009]

Likewise, we used to drive by this for years. It's not as big or crazy as other yard dreams we've seen. Since Mr. Laux died the garden has undergone periods of neglect and restoration...

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