Magical Gardens by Patricia Monaghan is a fun to read book about gardening and the mythology that has been weaved into it since history was recorded. If you have a garden or want to start a garden, no matter how big or how small, this is a book that you must read!
Magical Gardens is one of my top favorite books on gardening. Honestly, I'm not much of a gardener, but I would like to be. Books like this really inspire and give passion, which is just what I needed to start gardening.
The book itself is very easy and fun to read. Throughout it there are black and white drawings of gardens and flowers, which I found fun to color in with colored pencils. I don't usually (ever) write or draw in my books, so again, this book inspired me to go outside of the box (or book in this case) and do something different. I also enjoyed reading about the mythology, rituals, and the basics of planning and caring for a garden.
Monaghan is able to connect the gardener's spirit with the spirit of the garden in an amazing way. No two gardens are exactly alike, so I'll be coming up with some of my own ideas on my little garden in the near future. This book serves as a tremendous amount of inspiration and is beautifully written.
For further reading, or perhaps use as an intro to invite you into reading this book, check out the author's article "Inviting Fairies Into Your Garden" found on the Llewellyn website.
* Thank you to the publisher of Magical Gardens, Llewellyn, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.