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 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.
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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