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Top 5 Miniature Garden Kits Make Gift-Giving Easy!

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Top 5 Miniature Garden Kits Make Gift-Giving Easy!

Oh the weather outside is… um, who cares? We can still have some garden crafty fun with these wonderful indoor garden kits this season! Here’s what we have for YOU!

Don’t you just love the thrill of a new kit? The expectation of spending time doing Unique and unusual miniature garden accessories, kits, plants and more.something that you’ve really wanted to do. Savoring the fun of unpacking all the parts and pieces one by one, appreciating the moment and taking your sweet time. Discovering all the details, flipping through the instructions, enjoying all the photos before skimming the step-by-step instructions. Carefully planning a block of time to make and create or, calling up your Mom or friend to tell them, “Come over! It’s here!”

Or, it could be just me. But, I really don’t think so.

Kits can also be a way of creating a lasting memory, getting the whole family involved – or by simply making one with your Grandma over the holidays. You can get a few different kits for everyone to mix and match or simply get one kit for each person to make sure everyone leaves with a miniature garden. It will be a gift that keeps giving through the year as you check-up on each others miniature gardens, add special accents or accessories throughout the year and decorate them for an occasion or anniversary.

New Kits are a Hit!

Here are some fun kits for you to enjoy this season from the studios of Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center. There are indoor kits and hardy combos for outdoors too. Note that you can put any kind of container garden together at anytime as long as your potting soil isn’t frozen. So, go ahead, make a bit of a mess and get your hands into the soil instead of the shopping mall. It’s good for the soul and the environment; it’s a great gift to give and a very fun way to spend time with those you love this holiday season.

Classic Indoor Miniature Garden Kit

Our Classic Indoor Miniature Garden Kit.

The Classic Indoor English Boxwood Kit

A best-seller that we’ve been putting together for years now. The boxwood tree needs bright indirect light and does really well underneath a grow bulb too. (There are grow bulbs that can fit into regular lamps now!) The tree is paired with plants that like the same growing conditions for easy maintenance.

All you need for this Indoor Miniature Garden Kit is a pot, average 8” wide and deep, and potting soil with no additional fertilizers or water-retaining polymers, a pair of gloves, a water mister and a pair of scissors. That’s it!

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New Combo Kits

We have three different combinations for this season that you can choose what to include. These unique kits make a fun gift to give because it can just tickle the imagination by ordering the accessories only, or you can include everything to make a perfect gift of miniature gardening. Add the plants? Add a Gardening in Miniature book? The choice is yours! Patio materials, Mini Patio Mix and shipping by Priority Mail is included for US residences, including Alaska and Hawaii.

Bird Lovers Miniature Garden Kit

The Bird Lovers Miniature Garden Kit shown here with the plants and Gardening in Miniature Book. You choose what you want to include!

The Bird Lovers Miniature Garden Kit includes two birdhouses and a birdbath for your miniature feathered friends, a rocker and a cedar trellis that is staked to hold up in the garden soil.

Dog Lovers Miniature Garden Kit

Dog Lovers Miniature Garden Kit shown without the plants and book – can make a great gift too!

The Dog Lovers Miniature Garden Kit includes a wee doghouse, a bowl of dog food and the cutest rawhide bone you ever saw. An Adirondack chair and a stump-table are also included.

Garden Lovers Miniature Garden Kit

Garden Lovers Miniature Garden Kit – add the plants, add a book, or not – it’s your choice!

The Garden Lovers Miniature Garden Kit has a very sweet bench and table set, garden hand tools, a water can and a picket fence.

Indoor Mini Garden Kits from Two Green Thumbs

New Indoor Mini Garden Kits are complete with soil and pot included.

New Mini-Mini Kits

This is our first all-inclusive Indoor Mini Garden Kit with the pot and potting soil included! The pots are really nicely done, pretty yellow or blue colors and come with a matching saucer. The plants are in a 2-in-1 pot shown above with half Baby Tears and half Dwarf Mondo Grass, and comes with tiny accessories, patio materials and a 32-page PDF is included.

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Tiny Moss Garden can make a great gift for a friend or coworker.

Tiny Miniature Moss Gardens

We’ve been playing with these for over two months now and they are still just cute as a button! Spray the moss at least once a day to keep it fresh. Tiny moss gardens can live on a windowsill and come with your choice of a gnome or a Buddha, a water mister is included. Moss is forgiving – if you forget to water it, it can be revived. Find the three different kinds of moss gardens up in our etsy store here. 

Any questions Steve and I are here to help! Get in touch: 206-352-0494 (PST – Mon-Fri. 10 -4 or leave a message!) or anytime at info@TwoGreenThumbs.com.

Need to schedule a delivery for a certain day? We can do that too!  The USPS deadline for shipping is December 20th. All our high-quality plants will be okay if left in the box for total of 5 to 7 days.

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Miniature Garden Ideas for Black Thumbs, Part II

Different Ways to Grow Indoor Miniature Gardens

With this idea, you can grow a little something just about anywhere.

Miniature Garden Ideas for Black Thumbs, Part II

With a name like Two Green Thumbs, I tend to turn-off non-gardener immediately. I don’t mean to, if they only knew that I’m pretty good at killing plants too. So, the other week when I was brainstorming for my Pottery Barn gig I had to switch my thinking to be more inline with their inventory. It wasn’t hard to get enthusiastic about their products – someone give me a gift certificate and I’ll show you how fast I can use it – but it was a bit of a puzzle to come up with new and different ways to use living plants. Here’s the second half of what I demonstrated for our fellow miniature gardeners at the University Village Pottery Barn store.

See the first blog post here on easy cache-pot gardening, When Pottery Barn Meets Miniature Gardening.

Different Ways to Grow Indoor Miniature Gardens

A close-up shows the hidden tequila bottle that holds the houseplant cuttings. We call them twee gardens.

Twee Gardens: Miniature Fun with Houseplant Cuttings

For the beach garden that looks like a terrarium, I placed a clear glass tequila bottle in the bowl first, then layered in the different stones and sand. Between each layer of stone or sand, I put a piece of landscape cloth to help preserve the layers. Any kind of cloth or paper will suffice because it’s not supposed to get wet.

Different Ways to Grow Indoor Miniature Gardens

I used two Pothos cuttings at first – but it didn’t cut it, then added a couple of Begonia branches for some much-needed height. After they root, I can either plant them in soil by transitioning them from water, to wet soil, to regular damp soil gradually, for the best success. Or, I can leave them to grow in the water. Easy. Peasy.

This can be done with any theme. I always tend to go for a beach theme because its one of my fave places to go and I seldom have a chance to because of my work, so I getaway in small doses. (Ha! Do the puns EVER stop? ;o) The patio was taken out of a regular miniature garden than needed repotting. The adirondack chair , logs and shells with the superfine sand in perfect scale, delivers the message perfectly.

Different Ways to Grow Indoor Miniature Gardens

Now you have an idea for that darling candy dish or vase that you’ve had for years but never used for anything – a twee garden!

Different Ways to Grow Indoor Miniature Gardens

I’ve been holding on to these small glass vials that I think are from the medical industry – does anyone know what they were used for?

Different Ways to Grow Indoor Miniature Gardens

Aaaand that little vials sits in this vase just right.

When you put it together, hold the vase at the height that you want inside the vase/dish and then pour the pebbles in. If you mess-up, dump it all out in a tray or cookie sheet so you can corral the pebbles easily.

Different Ways to Grow Indoor Miniature Gardens

Looks like dessert! Wouldn’t this be a perfect centerpiece for a wedding or special event? Those are Hinoki Cypress branches that last for a surprisingly long time – but they probably won’t make a very successful plant start.

The Definition of Twee: In British English it is used much more widely for things that are nauseatingly cute or precious. - The Urban Dictionary

Different Ways to Grow Indoor Miniature Gardens

This vase is buried about half-way into the pebbles. That is an Adromeda ‘Little Heath’ branch that lasts a long time in water but I don’t expect it to root in soil. Note that the miniature accessories will tell the scale, and the story.

I’m not expecting this Andromeda branch to root although it might if I leave it in the water long enough. With this idea, you can treat it like a flower vase too, and refresh different cuttings whenever you want. A friend with a garden would be very handy to have, and they probably won’t mind giving you a wee branch of something on a regular basis.

A quick list of plants that apparently root well in water: succulents, vines, spider plants, pothos, mint, basil, rosemary, African violets, begonias, coleus, geraniums, impatiens and willow. Experiment!

Different Ways to Grow Indoor Miniature Gardens

I put in a fresh Andromeda Little Heath branch for a show the Seattle Miniature Show past weekend, and all of a sudden it needed something taller. The miniature tower birdhouse fit the bill perfectly.

See our selection of bird houses here.

Different Ways to Grow Indoor Miniature Gardens

With this Twee Garden idea, you can grow a little something just about anywhere, and you don’t have to worry about the water or dampness. I used a turkey baster to direct the water right into the vase. Squirt gently!

See our selection of miniature furniture here.

Different Ways to Grow Indoor Miniature Gardens

I brought the group to the Seattle Miniature Show and, everyone liked it! I won the second place ribbon!

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The Miniature and Fairy Garden Entries from the Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest, Part 6 of 6

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Another miniature garden from Nirmala of India. It is funny how the same elements in this miniature garden can look very exotic to the American eye because they come from another place.

Miniature and Fairy Gardens from the Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest, Part 6 of 6

And here is the last installment from our series wrap-up for the Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest: the remaining entries! From all over the world, many different gardens tell of the many different personalities that created them. Please comment and share this page to help spread the joy of miniature gardening. You can tell that each and every garden was made with love!

And thank YOU! A huge thank you to all who participated this year to make it the biggest and best Miniature Garden Contest ever! Have a wonderful holiday wherever you are, and all the best to you and yours from your fellow MGs, Janit and Steve.

(Using the Facebook platform for the contest was a bit confusing for everyone in hindsight. Please forgive us if we missed your photo.)

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Part 1 of the entries from The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest, the eligible container gardens, click here.

Part 2, the eligible fairy gardens, click here.

Part 3 is the eligible in-ground gardens, click here.

Part 4, the eligible themed gardens, click here.

Part 5, the eligible international gardens, click here.

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More About Indoor Miniature Gardening + Gallery

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Indoor miniature gardening

Create this Indoor miniature garden as a centerpiece for the holidays at our Nov. 23rd workshop at Swansons Nursery, Seattle Wa. (Click the picture to get to the calendar for more workshop details.) This pot is about 12″ wide.

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Don’t you just love this hobby? The seasons changing can only mean another miniature garden and now you can make one for the indoors! Do you want a wee beachy-garden scene to get you through the cold months? Or, create a miniature gratitude garden for Thanksgiving? Let’s recap what you need to know, and then follow with a few examples of the different indoor miniature gardens we’ve grown over the years.

Ten Golden Rules are from The Houseplant Expert, Dr. D. G. Hessayon, my favorite go-to book for indoor plants and a great reference for your bookshelf. Here’s a quick summary of his top 10 adapted for miniature gardening.AdS-LrgRec-Dog

1. Don’t drown them. Roots need air as well as water. Let the soil dry out until barely damp. Put your finger down into the soil about 1” deep to test and yes, your finger is still the best way.

2. Give them a rest. Plants need less water and feeding in the winter. Some plants may not look as good, or need cutting back, before the new growth signals their return. Be patient and follow the plant’s signals.

3. Accept the loss of “temporary” plants. Some plants are not meant to live more than a season or two. Some miniature gardeners treat outdoor plants as short-lived houseplants during the winter. The Jean’s Dilly Dwarf Spruce, or the Pixie or Pixie Dust, is often used this way because they are true miniature Christmas trees.

4. Give them extra humidity. The average houseplant needs more humidity in the winter as the forced-air heat dries out the air quite quickly. By misting or grouping your houseplants around your miniature garden, you can maintain a better level of moisture in the air around the plants.

5. Treat trouble promptly. With Google at our fingertips, there is really no reason not to be able to identify a plant-problem quickly and easily. State the problem plainly; name the plant and search under Google Images to find it faster. For example, “brown spots on parlor palm leaves.” Search at least two or three sites to get a better perspective of the solution. Not everyone is an expert out on the Internet, most often the most simple and natural solution is best.

6. Know when to repot. When the plants start to look sickly, then it may be time to repot. Look for the roots growing out of the bottom drainage holes to know when.

7. Choose wisely. Right plant, right place. You can’t grow a sun-loving plant in a dark corner nor can you grow a shade-loving plant in front of a sunny, southern window.

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Recommended Tools:

  • Water can with a long, narrow spout to get the water through to the bottom of the plants. Get used to how it pours before using indoors or you’ll make a big mess the first time.
  • Mister – but know which plants like more, which like less.
  • Saucers AND protective pads with plastic on one side, felt on the other. Don’t trust any pot or saucer on your good wood surfaces. Use an extra moisture-barrier-pad recommended for plants with a plastic backing to avoid wicking. I’ve seen cork mats, but I’m not sure if they wick moisture or not.
  • Organic fertilizer. Avoid chemical fertilizers of any kind, the plants just don’t care for it and it builds up in the soil.
  • Soft sponge for cleanup.
  • Old kitchen spoon for repotting and fork for raking.
  • Scissors or small garden shears – or both.
  • indoor Potting Soil – Use potting soil without any extra fertilizers or moisture-retaining polymers. Look for an organic, indoor potting mix for a general-purpose soil that will be okay for most of your houseplants. Succulents, cacti and African Violets need more drainage material, like vermiculite or perlite.

You will notice that there is not a lot of variety yet in the plants that are shown here. That is because I killed the rest of them. Yep. I tend to kill indoor plants a lot better than our outdoor plants. The plants shown here are some of the tougher plants I have found for gardening in miniature. For the most part, I’ve included the plant’s names, and the growing notes under each photo.

Indoor miniature tropical garden

A Parlor Palm and Norfolk Pine anchor the garden, filled in with miniature Aloe and Hawarthias as the understory. The Pine was left in its original poly pot to help keep the roots damper than the other plants. The lagoon-shaped pond adds to the theme. (“Janit Calvo’s Lagoon Pond” is now discontinued.) This pot is about 22″ in diameter.

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One of our all-time most popular plants, the English Variegated Boxwood stands alone to make a simple gratitude garden for a sunny spot. This pot is about 8″ wide.

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A baby Parlor Palm on the left and a Kingsville Dwarf Boxwood on the right. This miniature mediation gardens need regular water and bright light. This pot is about 8″ wide.

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The tree in the back is the Variegated English Boxwood, to the right is Dwarf Mondo Grass, a small-leafed succulent with an elusive name ;o), in the foreground, two Kingsville Boxwood shrubs. Needs regular water with bright light. Sedum cuttings in the urns will last a few months before needing replacing. Large size or one-inch scale accessories. This pot is about 20″ across.

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The same garden as above, but with medium size, half-inch scale accessories and gravel mulch in the garden beds. You can see how the smaller accessories are swimming in such a large pot, but also notice how big they make the whole garden appear.

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A custom-made miniature garden planter from England. Elwood Cypresses on the each end, Dwarf Mondo Grass behind the urn, sedum cutting in the urn, a small boxwood shrub to the right of the bench and baby tears as the “ground cover.” (Get in touch with me if you want more info about this handmade planter.) This garden needs bright, indirect light and a very cautious watering schedule as this box has no drainage holes. This container is 21″ wide by 9″ deep.

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A finished project from my book, Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World. Clockwise from the tall Elwood, to the left is a Sugar Vine (Cissus striata,) Baby Tears and a Variegated English Boxwood. Bright light with regular watering, the Sugar Vine will need cutting back every year to slow it down. This pot is about 12″ wide.

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A simple Fairy Vine and a handmade trellis is the perfect place for an daily empowering message. The “boulder” anchors the garden and makes it look established. This pot is about 7″ across.

Indoor miniature mediation gardening

Our Complete Indoor / Outdoor Miniature Garden Kit has our three most-durable indoor plants, from left to right: the Dwarf Mondo Grass, Variegated English Boxwood and Baby Tears. The Kit includes the stone, Mini Patio Mix and different accessories. This pot is about 10″ across.

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An impromptu miniature garden centerpiece for Halloween that I made a few years ago. It lasted about three weeks before it turned to mush. I would try this again with a taller pumpkin – the candle burnt the top of the “greenhouse.” The pumpkin was about 10″ in diameter.

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Indoor and Outdoor Container Ideas for Miniature Gardening

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Miniature Garden Houseboat

We made this wood box to hold this house boat idea of pine and stained in on the outside but, as all wood does outside, it will rot slowly. If you want your miniature garden to last, our favorite recommendation it still high-fired pottery, available at your local garden center.

Indoor and Outdoor Container Ideas for Miniature Gardening

We’ve corralled all the blogs about the containers that we use for miniature gardening all in one place this week. There are so many different ways to garden in miniature, and so many different containers to use in the marketplace, this summary will help guide you in choosing the right container for your next miniature garden. But before you start, decide where the miniature garden will live when it’s done, and then you can narrow down your size, color, shape and material. Miniature Garden Ebook

About investing in the right container.
A miniature garden can stay together for years, choose a container that you will want to live with – for years.

Miniature Gardening in Recycled Containers, Part I
Planting in suitcases, drawers, wheelbarrows, metal water cans, anything metal, wood crates and trugs

Miniature Gardening in Recycled Containers, Part II
Planting in shoes, boots, broken pots, pumpkins, teacups, bowls and dishes.

How to plant a miniature garden in a big pot, part I
Tips and info on how to plant in deep pots.

How to plant a miniature garden in a big pot, part II
What to do before you begin. About water control plus tips for moving large containers.

Keep gardening this winter with indoor miniature gardens.
About indoor miniature gardens, dish gardens, open terrariums. How to make a mini scene with a “full-size” houseplant pot.

How to winterize your miniature garden containers
Tips on how to protect your outdoor containers through the winter.

Your local, independent garden center will have the best selection for all your container garden ideas. Follow their recommendation for durability and overwintering. Avoid the big-box garden departments for your pot-shopping, their staff is usually inexperienced with what works over time.

Best selling Gardening in Miniature bookIn our new book, Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World, we explore the different kinds of pots, where they are most useful, and how the pot can help get your theme across to the viewer. The book is quickly becoming the bible for miniature gardening if you haven’t got your copy yet. Here’s a link to read the customer reviews and editorial reviews on Amazon.com.

Miniature Garden under snow

If you like to watch the miniature garden age and grow together, invest in a pot that will last.

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All shapes, sizes, colors and materials, the pot choices are endless. START by choosing where the garden will live, then you can narrow down the size, color and shape to look for.

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New Miniature Garden Plants for Indoor or Outdoor

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A miniature garden to go. Jervis Canada Hemlock on the left, Elf Dwarf Spruce in the middle and the Jacqueline Hillier Elm on the right. Note the cute little trunk of the Elf Dwarf Spruce.

New Miniature Garden Plants for Indoor or Outdoor

We have been working hard at restocking the store for the fall and holiday season with a ton of new miniature garden plants and accessories – and we’ve outdone ourselves this time. I think we’ve amassed the largest collection of miniature garden trees shrubs and plants for retail sale all in one place. Over 75 different trees, shrubs and bedding plants for your miniature gardening pleasure!

We also had a chance to source some different plant choices for different climates too. The Red Tip Podocarpus is a great plant of for the southeastern U.S.; the Mugo Pines are still perfect for northern climates with a hardiness of -50F. Brrrrr! But let’s run down a few more of the new and exciting plant additions this season.

 

Baby Boxwood for the Miniature Garden

Baby Boxwood plants from left to right: Justin Brouwers, Variegated and Suffruticosa. Slow growing plus a little trimming keeps them small in the miniature garden.

Baby Boxwood

We have two new boxwood trees, the Justin Brouwers and the Suffruticosa boxwood. As with all our boxwood that we use for miniature gardening, these plants are baby plants that you can keep trimmed small for your miniature garden. All varieties can be grown indoors with plenty of light and some direct sunlight. They like regular water, potting soil with no additives, and your container must have a drainage hole in the bottom – these plants do not like their roots wet.

The difference between the two: Justin Brouwers wears a darker green and smaller leaf and the growth habit is more upright or shrub-like. If left outside over the winter months, Justin Brouwers will hold its green color. The Suffruticosa’s leaf is a bit bigger and more rounded but the overall shape is similar to a young tree. If kept in full sun outdoors, it will turn that bronzy color in the winter.

Dwarf Spruces for the Miniature Garden

Dwarf Spruces for the Miniature Garden. The Elf Dwarf Spruce is the one on the cover of Gardening in Miniature

Tis the Season for Dwarf and Miniature Spruces

An accidental moment of cuteness has happened, we have nine different dwarf and miniature spruces all together at once. It’s like a family reunion without the bickering. Big and tall, round and small, we have one to suit almost every situation. Spruces are an outdoor plant but they can be brought in for up to 2 to 3 days to enjoy over the holidays here is a blog on how to do that properly and safely.

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The tree on the cover is an Elf Dwarf Spruce

As requested, we have stocked up on our cover-girl-tree this season, the Elf Dwarf Alberta Spruce. That is the tree on the front cover of the Gardening in Miniature book. We’ve had that little guy approximately 13 years by our calculations – they are 3 to 4 years old when we get them in from the grower. In a couple of years, you will wake up one fine morning and discover the cutest trunk lifting the wee canopy up off the ground and it just gets better with age.

For the holidays we have a trifecta of Alberta spruces here for your every need. The dwarf Alberta spruces, the ‘Pixie’ and the ‘Pixie Dust,’ are both miniature spruces with slower growth rates than the popular ‘Jean’s Dilly.’ The main difference is the ‘Pixie Dust’ gets a blush of creamy white tips in the middle of the summer that looks somewhat like pixie dust.

 

Dwarf Hinokis  for the Miniature Garden

New dwarf Hinokis for the miniature garden offer new colors, textures and shape.

Oh Hinokis!

We also have several new and exciting and Hinoki Cypress to offer. The new Thoweil Hinoki Cypress proves to provide a gorgeous wall of green-ness for the miniature garden. Look forward to this one growing up and out and provide an upright broad shape that can anchor the back of the miniature garden.

Two new little balls of green goodness have arrived as well. The ‘Ellie B.’ and the ‘Gnome’ Hinoki Cypress look the same when young but will grow up into two different shapes: the Ellie B. will grow upright into mounds of congested foliage, looking like a cloud, and the Gnome will stay globe-shaped and close to the ground.

New trees on standard for the miniature garden

New trees on standard for the miniature garden. Thyme Leaf Cotoneaster on the left, Streib’s Findling Cotoneaster on the right.

Cotoneaster = “Coh-tone-ee-ahs-ter”

And now that miniature garden is out of our backyards, in the mainstream and is practiced worldwide, our beloved local growers have caught up to us and are attempting to furnish our needs. If they would only ask us, huh? But we certainly can give them points for trying. The two plants that happen to be in question are both Cotoneasters on standard. Who’s up for trying one?

“On standard” usually means the plant has been grafted onto a long trunk. For these Cotoneasters, the grower has groomed the plant’s own trunk to be the standard, so you will see new growth along the stem throughout the year. Pinch off any new shoots that pop out when you see them to keep the trunk clean and the plant’s energy going to the top.

The Thyme Leaf Cotoneaster has really tiny leaves and the branches will grow up and out from the middle of the shrub. You can trim it into a ball, square, or any shape you like.

The Streib’s Findling Cotoneaster has larger leaves and will naturally cascade down. This will create an opportunity to trim it into umbrella-shaped canopy, which will be very charming in miniature, especially when it flowers in spring.

Both Cotoneasters will produce the cutest little white flowers in spring followed by red berries for the fall and winter months. I’m not sure you can go wrong with either one; we’re keeping a set for ourselves and looking forward to seeing them grow in the miniature garden.

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The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest, 2013

The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

Join us for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest – imagine the possibilities!

The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest, 2013

Well it is time folks! Time to announce the start of the Annual Miniature Garden Contest! We decided to drag our feet a little bit this year and begin the contest later than unusual to (a) not conflict with all the book launch hoopla and (b) give everyone a fair chance at it because some areas had some really crummy summer weather this year.

So dust off that idea that you have for your latest miniature garden, grab a pot and start getting that garden out of your head today. (Fellow miniature gardeners will understand that last sentence. ;o) You have until November 30th this year, that’s three months to get something together if you haven’t got anything up your sleeve already. See the previous contest winners linked at the end of this blog. See the Facebook Event page here.

Aaaand we’ve added to the “Best of Show Prize” this year! We are tickled to offer a Custom Miniature Garden Kit, a $125 value that includes shipping, tailored just for the winner! Whatever theme you want, whatever plants you like – and if you need help choosing the right plants we are here to help. We’ll roll out more of the details on this wonderful opportunity next week so you can see the possibilities. If you are outside the States and win Best of Show, we will work out a slightly different Custom Kit because we are not able to send plants out of the country safely.

New Miniature Garden Bench

We’ve got some new ideas up in the store – with more coming!! Click the pic to see the new items.

But wait. There’s more. ;o)

Note the new category for Best Fairy Garden. There is some overlap between the two hobbies but they are different. Simply put: Miniature gardening is based on realism. Fairy gardening is based on fairies. Here’s a blog with more about the difference between the two types of gardening small.

SIX CATEGORIES TO ENTER

1. Best of Show Miniature Garden

2. Best Miniature Garden in a Container

3. Best Miniature Garden In-Ground

4. Best Themed Miniature Garden – NEW! Create any type of special occasion or holiday theme!

5. Best Fairy Garden – NEW!

6. People’s Choice Award via Facebook

*We must have a minimum of five (5) different entries from five different miniature gardeners,  per category.

PRIZES FOR THE BEST AND PERKS FOR ENTERING

- Best of Show Award: A Custom Miniature Garden Kit – $125 SHOPPING SPREE! (International winning prize will be customized for international shipping.) Shipping not included. See the prize list here.

- All participants get one coupon each for 25% off our online Miniature Garden Center store at http://www.TwoGreenThumbs.com, good until December 31st, 2013. (Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount.)

The winning miniature gardeners will be highlighted in December’s Mini Garden Gazette, our monthly newsletter.  Blogged about in The Mini Garden Guru blog and generally be the center of much merriment and hoopla in and around all our social media channels. And, of course, you’ll win prizes too!

Miniature Gardening has gone to the dogs...

Who let the dog out? More pet options are now up in the store. Click the pic to see more.

HOW TO ENTER

1. Make a miniature garden. ;o)

2. Take a photo of your miniature garden. Here are some tips on photographing tiny worlds.

3. Post the photo on the Two Green Thumbs Facebook CONTEST EVENT PAGE

4, Title the photo: “Contest entry for Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center” and tell us WHAT CATEGORY you are entering.

Here’s how:

  • Click into the Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Facebook Contest event page.
  • Click the Photo/Video link above the comment box to upload your photo.
  • Find the photo on your computer and click/select it to upload.
  • Type in the caption, “Contest entry for Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center” AND the CATEGORY!
  • If you have any questions or apprehensions about doing this, give me a call or email and we can walk through it together. (I’m Janit at 206-352-0494)

4. Post the photo on YOUR OWN FACEBOOK PAGE TOO, and title the photo: “Contest entry for Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center” and tag our page too! 

New Miniature Garden Furniture

A sweet set for the wee patio!

CONTEST RULES

1. There must be at least 3 items, plants and/or accessories PURCHASED from Two Green Thumbs’ Miniature Garden Center’s online store used in the miniature garden submission. All entries will be verified.

2. Join our email list here: http://www.TwoGreenThumbs.com/join.html

3. Your miniature garden contest entry must be a living miniature garden. No artificial plants allowed.

4. Your miniature garden can be any size or any scale.

5. You can post in as many categories as you want, one photo per category only. You can only win once.

6. Post your entry on this event wall by clicking into the event and following the steps listed above.

7. Only one discount code per participant will be issued.

8. All entrants will receive their 25% discount coupon on Saturday November 30th via email, valid through December 31, 2013.

9. Contest ends at 12 noon, Pacific Time, Saturday, November 30th, 2013.

10. Winner will be announced on Saturday, November 30th on the Facebook page and will be notified by email.

11. The category winners are not eligible for the entrant discount.

12. Shipping costs are not included in any of the discounts, offers or gift certificates offered here EXCEPT the Best of Show prize.

13. Winning and entry discounts cannot be combined with any other offer.

14. Be sure to note which category you are entering. Any photo that includes fairies will be automatically entered into the Fairy Garden Category.

15. We must have a minimum of five (5) different entries per category.

OUR PREVIOUS WINNERS

From 2012

From 2011

Halloween, 2011

Like this? Then you’ll love our Mini Garden Gazette Newsletter! You need to join to win too and you can do that right here: Join us.

NEW Miniature Garden Accessories

Put on your thinking cap and get out your best idea to WIN!!

Gardening in Miniature

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