Fairy gardens are arranged with the kinds of miniature plants and accessories that might tempt a fairy to visit. In this illustrated book, Betty Earl tells what fairy gardens are and how to make and care for them, relates fairy lore and folklore, introduces the plants associated with fairies, and describes miniature plants for fairy and miniature gardens, indoors or out. There are 103 colorful photographs along with information on building or buying accessories for these delightful fantasy gardens. There is special info on making fairy gardens with and for children.
Chapter 1: What is a Fairy Garden?
Chapter 2: What or Who are the Fairies?
Chapter 3: Creating a Successful Fairy Garden
Children and Fairy Gardens
Your Own Fairy Garden
Locating Your Outdoor Fairy Garden
Pick a Theme
Chapter 4: Combining and Adding Plants and Accessories
Plants for Outdoor Fairy Gardens
Indoor (Dish) Container Fairy Gardens
Fairy Garden Accessories
Chapter 5: Gardening with the Fairies
A Sampling of Fairy Legends
Flowers and Plants for Fairy Use
Flowers and Plants Associated with Fairies
Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies
Chapter 6: Planting and Maintenance of Fairy Gardens
Further Reading, Resources, and Index
“So much about gardening is about inspiration and this book offers that page after page, photo after photo. I can’t see how anyone can get more than a chapter in because after just a few pages, I wanted to run out and make my own fairy garden. The great thing is that this book shows that there is no one set way to create a fairy garden—it can be a very personal creation to suit your own beliefs, style and garden setting. This is a great tool for any adult who wants to work with children to teach them about gardening and inspire them to create their own little “home” for the fairies in their yards.” ~~~~~Diane Blazek, Executive Director, National Garden Bureau, www.ngb.org
“In the made-for-television Peter Pan, Tinker Bell is dying inside her fairy home within a tree trunk. But she tells Peter (Mary Martin) that she can get well again if children believe in fairies. Peter looks at us and says, “Do you believe? Oh, please, please, believe! If you believe, wherever you are, clap your hands and she’ll hear you.” Didn’t you clap? I know I did. I clapped as hard as I could, and I helped Tinker Bell become strong again. But, like Wendy, I’ve grown up and Never Land is no longer a place I can visit, and, if you’ve let yourself grow up, you can’t either. Instead, you can head to Betty Earl’s Fairy Gardens to enjoy her whimsically full-of-fun book, with fairy lands you can create in your home and garden, no matter how small. There’s a portion of the book that shares the mythology and legend of fairies in diverse cultures. But, be forewarned: not all varieties are good-hearted. Like all mythological creatures some are benevolent and some are bent on havoc. (Remember: even Tinker Bell was jealous of Wendy and had the Lost Boys shoot arrows at her.) And, then there’s downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, which seems to by the fairy capital of North America, with fairy doors cropping up everywhere and a genuine, non-certified fairyologist. You’ll also learn how to use doll-house-sized plants (with the largest portion of the book about the best ones to use and how to care for them), pine cones, twigs, and other natural decorations as well as artificial, fairy-sized accessories to create fairy gardens. And, you’ll discover where to place variously-themed gardens to attract the most fairies. Okay, I have to admit that I don’t really believe in fairies, but I believe in the mesmerizing charm of the gardens shown in the full-color photos of Fairy Gardens. I freely admit that I had a smile on my face and a ready chuckle for every photo. And, by the time I came to the last page, I wished I could still clap my hands to bring a fairy to life, even if only for one whimsical night.” ~~~~~Art Wolk, Author and Publisher, www.gardenlunacy.com