Thursday, 13 November 2014

Blog tour: A Year in the Secret Garden by Valarie Budayr

A Year in the Secret Garden by Valarie Budayr
Award-winning authors Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters have co-created A Year in the Secret Garden to introduce the beloved children's classic, The Secret Garden to a new generation of families. This guide uses over two hundred full color illustrations and photos to bring the magical story to life, with fascinating historical information, monthly gardening activities, easy-to-make recipes, and step-by-step crafts, designed to enchant readers of all ages. Each month your family will unlock the mysteries of a Secret Garden character, as well as have fun together creating the original crafts and activities based on the book. 

The Guest Post:
Thank you Seraphina for inviting me today to be a guest blogger. It is such an honor and I'm so happy to be here. Over the past year I've had the great pleasure of working with Marilyn Scott-Waters aka The Toymaker as we created our book A Year in the Secret Garden. One of our favorite childhood books is The Secret Garden. We wanted to bring the to life for a new generation of readers. We've created a month by month guide to the Secret Garden brining this magical story to life. Inside are crafts with step by step instructions, easy to make recipes, gardening activities, beautiful and fully illustrated paper toys to download, and historical information. We've even added a Yorkshire dialect guide. It's our wish that you have many magical moments inside the Secret Garden. Today let's go exploring into the month of February. February is a very cold month in the Secret Garden. There can still be snow on the ground and very windy as well. The Secret Garden is fast asleep in it's winter slumber. While the Secret Garden sleeps we can still have a little garden fun indoors by making a Garden in a Jar.

Garden in a Jar

AYITSG Garden in a jar

  • Glass jar
  • Small Stones
  • Planting Soil
  • Activated Carbon(found at any pet store)
  • Dried Moss
  • Live Growing Moss
  • Water Dropper
  • Fun little additions such as animal figures, pinecone trees, fairies, flowers, toad stools, and such.
Instructions: Cover the bottom of your jar with some small stones. Put in a 1/2 inch layer of the planting soil. Add a 1/2 inch layer of activated carbon. Add a 1 to 2 inch layer of dried moss. Cover everything with living moss. Put in 2 or 3 dropperfuls of water. Add your fun little magical treasures and cover with a lid or saran wrap. The moss will create its own little ecosystem, and only needs to be watered every 2 to 3 weeks. You'll know it's time to water when the condensation on the glass jar walls becomes less. Enjoy your indoor adventures in your new Secret Garden.

-- best wishes,
 Valarie Budayr
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  1. We are sooo doing that this weekend! I just bought my son a little cactus garden and he just loves it. This looks even easier to care for. Thanks so much for hosting Valarie today for the A Year in the Secret Garden Blog Tour.

    1. I want to have a copy of this book so bad. Enjoy your weekend activates.

  2. I'm reviewing the August portion of this book so I wanted to hop around and see what others had to say about other months. It really is a stunningly gorgeous book, isn't it? Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it! I host a book link-up every Thursday at and would love to have you join anytime!


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