Books Before Gardens | Wyatt’s World

For green-thumb readers wanting to garden on a miniature scale, suggest these five titles that range from the fanciful to the practical. Tiny gardens, plants grown in eggcups, and spaces designed to be inviting to diminutive magical creatures.

  • Fairy Gardening: Creating Your Own Magical Miniature Garden by Julie Bawden-Davis and Beverly Turner (Skyhorse, dist. by Norton, 2013). Beautiful photographs of miniature gardens that will bring big joy to your life.
  • Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World by Janit Calvo (Timber Pr., Jun.). Nothing is too small to grow, according to Calvo’s complete guide to creating palm-size terrariums0517 Books Before Gardens | Wyatts World landscapes.
  • Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds by Amy Bryant Aiello and Kate Bryant (Timber Pr., 2011). “Recommended for indoor gardeners and crafters alike.” [See LJ 6/15/11.]
  • Terrariums Reimagined: Mini Worlds Made in Creative Containers by Kat Geiger (Ulysses Pr., Jul.). Artist Geiger’s how-to on building and sustaining mini deserts, lush landscapes, and jungles of plenty in small jars or containers.
  • Tiny World Terrariums: A Step-by-Step Guide to Easily Contained Life by Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow (STC Craft, 2012). Authors Inciarrano and Maslow feature terrariums made in their Brooklyn-based company Twig Terrariums. A classic DIY.
Neal Wyatt About Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at

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