Fairy Gardening 101Release your inner child and step into the fairy world by creating your own enchanted garden, no matter how much space you have! Fairy gardens are increasing in popularity and Fairy Gardening 101 provides you with all the information necessary to design, plant, and care for your very own miniature garden oasis. Author, artist, and fairy gardener extraordinaire Fiona McDonald introduces readers to the history of fairy gardens and then provides step-by-step instructions, photographs, and illustrations for you to follow—or draw inspiration from—when starting your own project.

Learn which types of plants and containers are most successful for a fairy garden, as well as how to develop a focal point for your enchanted mini Eden. Fairy Gardening 101 also provides important information on caring for your garden, on designing gardens for both indoors and outside, on using artificial plants to make your garden last a lifetime, and much more! You’ll also find inspirational photos from fairy gardeners around the globe as well as a list of suppliers. You don’t need to be a master gardener or to have a particularly green thumb to successfully plant and maintain your tiny fairy garden. All you need is a few miniature plants, some thoughtfully placed accessories, a fairy or two, and a love of whimsy and imagination.

Please continue reading for my thoughts on this Fairy Gardening book.

broken pot forestDid you ever imagine that a broken pot could take on a new life like this?

Really?  Yes, indeed.  Just put that imagination of yours to work along with a few parts and you could create something like this.

What would you need?  Not much.

A broken pot – however large you want to work with (or have the space for)

Potting soil for the type of plants you plan to add in there.

Maybe some dark plastic covering inside the pot or at least some pebbles to help drainage and help keep the shape.

Some broken shards would look nice if you layered them in height.

Some tall whispery plants for the back, some shorter ones for the sides, moss… you name it, it’s your broken pot fairy garden.  That’s the whole fun point – make something unique to you and what makes you happy.

The picture is simply a possibility.  A look what you might do inspiration.  This picture is from a website I found called The Gardeners Anonymous Blog.  It is so whimsical I fell in love with the idea.

You could do this with any sized broken pot.  Go ahead, let your imagination run free and see what you come up with for your own Faery Garden.

Fairy Gardening-Creating Your own Magical minature GardenFairy Gardening has become a very popular pastime recently.  This is a great book to start you off on this enjoyable hobby.

Fairy gardens are enjoying an astonishing surge in popularity and now you can begin making your own enchanting miniature landscapes, complete with pint-sized accessories, diminutive plants, and quaint fairy figures. Gardeners Julie Bawden-Davis and Beverly Turner provide you with step-by-step instructions for creating a magical garden that will attract Thumbelina herself!

Learn how to design, plant, accessorize, and care for your very own small corner of the world by following seven simple steps, including choosing the perfect container, planting luxurious pint-sized plants, decorating with properly scaled accessories, and telling a story through the delicate fairies you choose to inhabit your magical wonderland. Included are full-color photographs showcasing various types of fairy gardens and accessories, which are sure to inspire the designer in you! And best of all, these perennial gardens are perfect for the busy gardener, as they require less than ten minutes per week to maintain—this could be your new favorite hobby! For the inner child in us all, Fairy Gardening is sure to enchant both the novice and the experienced gardener who wishes to stir up Lilliputian flights of fancy.

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Fae of Winter 14I have had a lifelong fascination with fairies, the wee folk, the fae and the simply magical.

That love for the magic in life is the reason I first started this website.

But, the human in me soon gave up on that idea because I thought (mistakenly) that there really wasn’t a big audience for the magical fairies of my youth and imagination.

I was wrong, so wrong.

So I’m going back to that root, back to the magic and the imagination that fueled my love for the fae and all things magical.

Because my writings here in the past meant something to me for that time in my life – I will leave them here as a reminder to me, at least, to not give up on what’s important – to dream and to take flight through magical belief in the… what if’s.

It is my hope that you believe too and will find enjoyment here at Fae Serena.  also known these days as

Faeries In My Garden…. and faery tales on my bookshelves

Because I love faery stories so much, I’ve decided to combine two of my loves:  Faery Gardening & Faery Fiction (novels).  It may seem to be a strange combination – but it works for me and I think it will work for others.  Because if you enjoy one hobby, I think you’d enjoy the other, too.

So, here at Faeries In My Garden you will find reviews of fantastic fairy gardening books and supplies, information about making your own fairy garden and then you’ll find fiction in the form of reviews of Fae novels or the re-telling of classic fairy tales in a more modern world.

Sound like a fun combination?  Then I certainly hope you enjoy your time here.

butterfly take care

Our lives are filled with things that must get done, no matter what.

But what happens to “Our Own Time”?

This year I’m making a promise to myself (and, in effect, to those that love me) — I will take care of myself in 2014.

I will stop putting off the doctor’s appointments.

I promise to get the “to do” list narrowed down to realistic.

I will walk in the sunlight, moonlight come rain, snow, sleet or beautifully fair weather each and every day.

I will follow my passions with joy and excitement.


I promise to take care of me.


self care list