Fairy House Handbook

As I mentioned in my previous post, on Saturday I went to Longfellow Greenhouses to see the display of fairy gardens, and, yes, I was smitten. Along with the fairy gardens and the various little accessories available for sale—if one isn’t careful, one could spend hundreds of dollars on a fairy garden—was Liza Gardner Walsh and her charming Fairy House Handbook.

I bought a copy, and I’m glad I did because the book is full of low-cost and natural but sustainable ideas for constructing fairy houses and gardens. So now I know I can create a couple of fairy gardens without spending hundreds of dollars on them, which makes the project much more attractive to me.

Besides, Fairy House Handbook is written by a Maine writer and is published by Down East, a Maine publisher. So in buying the book, I was doing my bit for the local economy. And at $14.95, it is affordable.

Over the winter, I will read Fairy House Handbook, and I’ll be planning my fairy gardens. They won’t be grand, they won’t be expensive, but they will be mine, and I’ll have a lot of fun making them.

Faeires, come take
me out of this dull
world, For I would
ride with you
upon the wind, Run
on the top of the
dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the
mountains like
a flame.

—William Butler Yeats, as quoted from Fairy House Handbook


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