How can taking an old shoe and planting it up be any different than an old tire! In fact was shabby chic gardening really taken from an idea in a trailer park but 'prettied' up to make it more mainstream. I can almost see Martha Stewart discussing paint ideas for your tractor tire. What do you think a mullet would look like on her? I have way too much time on my hands.
Please don't get me wrong, I don't mean to use the term 'Redneck' in a negative way as I see them as part of the fabric of American civilization but credit needs to be given to them for developing this original concept. I don't think it started as a 'Fairy' garden, but instead a way to recycle trash into treasure (see they're leaders of the whole green moment too!). 'Fairies' gives it that "Je ne sais quoi" needed to market it us culturally judgemental city slickers. They got one up on us!
One day someone will write a book on 'Gardening the Redneck way' and when that happens we won't me thinking of them as simple folk, instead 'Inovators of the new modern American garden'!