I first got the book “Fairy Gardens” by Betty Earl last year and I’ve put off writing about it while I thought about the entire concept. It really came to the fore when I showed my Facebook readers a big broken clay pot I had ruined and multiple suggestions about creating a fairy garden came rolling back from them.
Let me be honest. I have nothing against fairies. My father’s heritage is Irish and my mother was born in Scotland so I come by an acceptance of the wee folk or faerie as something quite normal.
But having said that, I didn’t realize I had to provide housing for them – as some sort of endangered species. I always figured they were good on their own and as long as Peter and I both clapped our hands and believed, all would be right with the world.
But no. That’s not how it’s done apparently.
So I read Betty’s book. And I stand corrected. Apparently some of the fae prefer the soft life to that of the wild. Who knew?
Book Contents With My Comments
What or who are fairies? (If you have to ask, you really should start here)
Children and fairy gardens. (I have two young granddaughters – what more can I say?)
Your own fairy garden. (Ok – I can use this advice)
Locating an outdoor fairy garden. (Better be under something and away from the cat.)
Picking a theme. (Goodness gracious – I am thinking of decadence)
Fairy houses (seems the old broken pot is good for snails – need a conceptual upgrade)
Fairy doors (very cool – every good house needs a very good door)
Combining plants and accessories (wee folk need wee plants and things)
Plants for outdoor fairy gardens (yes, there are small plants that will appear huge to a fairy)
Fairy garden accessories (these fairies are spoiled rotten)
Adding fairies (OK – I get this statue thing but real fairies will add themselves)
Fairy legends (love good stories)
Flowers and plants fairies use (yeah, they put people to sleep and have flower arranging contests)
Flowers and plants associated with fairies (what fun)
Planting care and maintenance of a fairy garden. (Oh yeah. Real flowers – real maintenance. My question is if it’s a fairy house why don’t they do their own maintenance?)
A section on Supplies (could be worth the price of the book)
Here’s my “guy” sense of things. This is very much like having a doll house in the garden but trust me, the magic will happen without the dolls when the fairies really move in. I will be building one and sucking up all the information in this 73 page book to make it as magical a place as I know how. And I’m sure my sweethearts will provide all the necessary magic to make it happen.
The pictures in the book are going to give you ideas but the matte paper takes away some of the gloss and shine of the pics. BUT – while the pic shine/paper quality may not rival the big boys, the book gives you the information you need and want.
And if you can’t dream or imagine your own garden after seeing these, then you’re not dreaming hard enough.
What I Want You To Do
Get a few copies. Seriously. They’ll make great presents and at these prices, they’re in the right present price range.
And believe it or not, I will be creating my own fairy garden. I can see some magical times with both the wee folk and my own personal bairns. Thanks for a fun read Betty.
Buy it directly from the publisher at Betty Mackey Books. this makes them an extra chunk of money they don’t have to spend on Amazon – helps to keep these small publishers and small print run books coming. Check out the other books while you’re there.
But if you really prefer Amazon. Here’s that link. Fairy Gardens: A Guide to Growing an Enchanted Miniature World
But do plan on giving that special person in your life a magic treat. And checking out other garden book reviews on my garden blog here.