Fairy Gardening: Creating Your Own Magical Miniature Garden by Julie Bawden-Davis and Beverly Turner

(Skyhorse Publishing, 2013)

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The art of fairy gardening rises to a new level with Fairy Gardening: Creating Your Own Magical Miniature Garden, a captivating book by co-authors Julie Bawden-Davis and Beverly Turner.

“Fairy gardens remind us that we are never too old to play ‘Let’s pretend,’” Turner writes in her introduction. It is certainly an idea she has embraced. Turner has been creating complex and innovative fairy gardens at M & M Nursery in Orange, California, for more than a decade.

The authors start with ideas for creating themes ranging from a Victorian garden to a rustic retreat or the recreation of a childhood story, such as Alice in Wonderland. Later chapters offer suggestions on creating a sense of action within a garden and telling a story within the scene. Abundant photos are coupled with heavy text, providing both visual inspiration and practical details on aspects such as scaling. Many smaller plants are now available for fairy gardens, and a separate chapter lists options for sun- and shade-loving groundcovers, midsize “shrubs,” and tall “trees.”

These are not necessarily children’s fairy gardens—there are no rules about keeping everything natural. In fact, the book provides a list of nearly 20 websites and stores for purchasing fairy accessories. The authors also provide plenty of clever suggestions on repurposing, from using a champagne cork as fairy stool to a leftover tile as fairy patio. For parents, avid gardeners, and those looking for a new creative outlet, this book is a marvel.

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