Miniature Garden Plants: Miniature Settings Vs. Miniature Gardening

Miniature Gardening at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Miniature Garden Plants: Settings Vs. Gardening

The Philadelphia Flower Show is home to the only major Miniature Garden Settings exhibit in the world – and it happens to be one of the most well attended exhibits at the show too. I’m on my way there at the end of this month where I will be speaking at the Gardener’s Studio stage on Sunday, March 1st and 5pm, the first Sunday of the show. This year, part of my discussion will cover the difference between gardening in miniature and the miniature garden settings so I thought to get started today.

When I finally saw the gorgeous miniature displays in person last year, I realized it was completely different than the type of miniature gardening that I have taught for well over a decade. I knew it was different, but it wasn’t until I received this email last August that I realized other people didn’t know the difference – even some of the people who are participating in the exhibit.

“Dear Janit,
I have been invited to show in the miniature class in the next Philadelphia Flower show and not too long ago ordered several plants from you. Unfortunately a few of the plants were way too big in scale to be used, one died and another is on its way out. It seemed like a great deal of money and I was sorry I spent it for so little return. I, therefore, will not be ordering from you again and could not, in good conscience, recommend you to anyone else.   [Name and location removed]”

Whoa. It’s like I took her $75 and hightailed it to Mexico. Right plant, right place works for miniature gardens – and all types of gardens, wherever you are and whoever you are. Plants are the great leveler of society, they only care if they did not receive the right care and not money, nor fame, nor status can change that.

 

This woman spent almost $75 on a Slowmound Mugo Pine, Dwarf Hens and Chicks, Mini Sweet Flag, Gemstone Hinoki Cypress and Piccolo Balsam Fir that included the Tansu Cryptomeria and Jersey Jewel Japanese Holly. Had she asked if any of these plants were ideal for her project, I would have cautioned her about how to use them – and the fact that they are outdoor plants would be first on my list.

Philadelphia Flower Show Miniature Garden Settings

Philadelphia Flower Show Miniature Garden Settings – The Birds by Louise Krasniewicz. Click to enlarge the photo and you will see a blend of young plants, plant starts, indoor and outdoor plants. This method of growing and combining plants works wonderful for the settings exhibit, but would not be expected to last if it was planted as a miniature garden.

And what she didn’t notice is that all the pot sizes are mentioned in the text and shown in the photo with my hand as a reference to the size of the plants. I hope she didn’t plant these all together because would be a disaster: The mugo pine and hens and chicks are outdoor plants, love full sun and drier, well-draining soil. The Mini Sweet Flag prefers wet soil, shade and can be grown indoors and the rest are outdoor plants, prefer damp soil and part sun. All these differences and growing details are always mentioned in each listing underneath the multiple photos of each plant in our online store.

Thankfully, I’m from “the east coast” and knew that it was just a misunderstanding, albeit a definitive one. I wrote her back explaining the difference, included some references and wished her luck in the exhibit. But despite my compassion for teaching and sharing, I’m human and the email did ruffle my feathers a bit. I haven’t stayed in business for over 15 years by supplying the nation with miniature plants that don’t work. I didn’t fill the bestselling book on the hobby with false pretenses and nor did the world’s top horticultural publisher print a book filled with wrong information. Why did she jump to such a radical conclusion?

Philadelphia Flower Show Miniature Garden Settings

A close-up of Louise’s garden beds – they were impeccable. She plays with rooting cuttings and uses them while they are young. Begonias and succulents are her favorite. That burgundy colored plant is a very young coleus. The wee garden bed looks perfect! (Click to enlarge.)

So, Janit, What is the Diff?

Dr. K of the Miniature Garden Settings exhibit blog has put together a database of the plants used in the exhibit. It’s a work in progress and she has about 300 plants listed so far. I’ve scanned through the list and yes, there are plants that we use that can last for years in our miniature gardens but majority of the plants aren’t for our type of gardening in miniature.

The exhibit is only supposed to last for about two weeks and sometimes the plants have to be switched out either due to being too stressed out because they are growing in abnormal conditions, or they are growing too fast. Here are some observations on their techniques and examples of plants that won’t work for a long-lasting miniature garden. I imagine the artists have many more and I look forward to learning more from them.

Philadelphia Flower Show Miniature Garden Settings

This is the Mythical Hanging Gardens of Babylon by Pamela Goldman. Young date palms are combined with air plants, Sedums, young begonias and small-leafed perennial starts. The effect is superb but the combination is not expected to last long.

 

Miniature Settings Exhibit Techniques

- Over-planted: Almost all the displays are over-planted to look lush and full. A necessity to achieve what would take months naturally

- Temporary: It is not planted as a garden that is meant to stay together for years like we do.

- Mixing Plants: The artists plant indoor with outdoor plants, light loving with shade loving because, again, the display does not have to last long.

- Fast Growing: Ground covers and rockery plants are a favorite because they can be grown quickly and the young plants add color and texture to the miniature scene. Examples: Lamium, Veronica Speedwell, Candy Tuft, Pileas, (Some nurseries call these miniature fairy garden plants which is very misleading to the consumer. The plants can be grown fast and the growers can offer them cheap to the garden retailers. They look cute when young and “cute”sells.)

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Miniature Garden Settings Plant List from Dr. K.

This is Dr. K’s long plant list from her Birds display from last year’s show. You can see the wide variety of plants used in just one setting. The task of creating the display and planting the tiny gardens is an art unto itself and I don’t think it could not be done any other way.

Miniature Settings Exhibit Plants Explained

- Seedlings, Starts and Young Plants: The exhibitors cultivate plant starts, or use very young plants that mimic full-sized garden plants. The leaves and stem are usually the perfect size and the variety of textures look fantastic in the wee garden beds – but it’s not going to last. Examples: Polka Dot plant, Kalanchoe, Creeping Jenny, Catnip, Lavender, Rosemary, Sorrel and even culinary Thyme is suggested as a miniature plant. All these plants will grow up within one growing season and will not stay miniature.

- Unusual Plants: Depending upon the topic of the scene, some of the plants listing in the database are plants that have surreal look, instead of being an ideal plant for a miniature garden, regular-sized Aloe and the Living Stones (Lithops) for example. Bog-loving plants, like the Bog Rosemary are listed – I would not grow a miniature garden in a bog. And fragile plants or plants that are fussy to grow are not on my list of favorites either simply because life is too short to fuss, examples are the Maidenhair Fern and the Mimosa.

I hope I have cleared up some misconceptions about the different kinds of miniature garden plants used in this fabulous display at the Philly Show. If you have any further questions or comments, please leave them below. I would be glad to know what I have missed.

Come and see my talk and demo at the show! I’m on at 5pm, Sunday, March 1st at the Gardeners Studio Stage. Here’s the info.

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Miniature Garden, Why Do I Love Thee?

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Miniature Garden, Why Do I Love Thee?

Ahhh, love is in the air! I like to approach Valentine’s Day as a time to appreciate all the people you love and all things you love to do. Taking a wider approach to the day makes more sense so everyone can experience and appreciate love in its many forms – not just from one person. The world can definitely use a lot more love these days so won’t you join me in spreading it around? Somebody call Hallmark, we have some changes to make. Lol!

But, why do we love miniature gardening so much? Why are we so enamored with a hobby that causes our voices to go up a few notches, often to the point of squeeling, it keeps us awake at night as we scroll through the possibilities bouncing around our brains, and it maintains a constant mess on the workbench as we work through our ideas?

It is because the two interests, gardening and miniatures, are inherent in our human history for as long as we walked on this earth. In fact, it is beyond calling them simply “interests,” as they are necessary to who we are and what we do. We garden to eat and we use miniatures to learn and communicate.

The garden part is obvious, but the miniatures? As children we play with all kinds of miniatures that mimic us, our fantasies and our lifestyle, like Lego and Barbie. We use them in our art to communicate, in sculpture and film for example. We use them to worship. And we use them in our work to model bigger projects, as an architect creates a model of the building before the ground is broken. Miniatures could very well be the biggest little industry on earth.

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Resistance is Futile

So, if you simply love the idea of gardening in miniature and haven’t begun yet, here is your call to arms. You just need to decide on the spot where you want to enjoy your miniature garden, (Indoor, outdoor, in a pot or in the ground?) Define the light that the spot gets, (Direct light, indirect, full sun, part sun or shade?) Then you can start finding the right plants for the right place and begin.

Here is a blog post with more How to Start a Miniature Garden.

Here is the best book ever (for real, we’ve bought every other book to compare) on Gardening in Miniature here. Includes plant lists, scale information and 8 step-by-step projects.

Can’t wait? Get our PDF, How to Create a Miniature Garden here.

And don’t worry if it’s not perfect! As with anything, it takes a bit of practice but, really, who’s looking? It is your very own world to do with what you like, when you like and how you like. So begin. Grow your own world.

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The Evolution of the Miniature Garden

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The new, tiny trees and shrubs add another layer of realism to the miniature garden. In this miniature broken pot garden, the Gemstone Hinoki helps anchor the height of the Sky Pencil Ilex and balance it with the cascading garden.

The Evolution of the Miniature Garden

Hey! Pssst! Wanna buy a forest?

We are enjoying the new miniature garden plant sizes now that we have the major nurseries across America growing smaller, to meet the needs of mini and fairy gardeners across the nation – and the world for that matter. A recent garden center trade magazine cited a new trend in smaller plants coming from Europe. Huh? What? It is SO already here, Buddy! Perhaps our gardens were too small for him to see – but wait – now the plants are getting even smaller. Lol!

If you loved our mini and dwarf conifers for your miniature or fairy gardens, you’ll love the new sizes of tree that are now in stock. Tiny trees and shrubs in 2 ¼” pots are quite possibly, the cutest plants on the planet. Here are a few of them that we’ve been working with over the last year – and yes, I will get back to that forest for sale.

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A tiny Jersey Jewel Japanese Holly is “tots adorbs” as the kids say these days, meaning totally adorable that is. (The shortened version must save some time? ;o) It is paired with Elfin Thyme. The pot is about 5″ wide.

Your Miniature Garden CenterIf you haven’t tried our miniature garden plants in your miniature, or fairy gardens yet, how about it? We have been growing with the same trees since we started professionally miniature gardening 15 years ago. We still amazed at how they maintain their small size but develop a majestic look in miniature. They truly are a delight to grow. Here are some previous posts where you can find more photos of our plants and trees after a couple/few years of growing:

Why Conifers Make Great Miniature Garden Trees

And one more here on the Tansu Japanese Cedar.

Here is one of our online miniature garden galleries on Flickr. After you scroll through and look at all the gardens, start over again and look at plants in the gardens right here.

I know, I’m from Seattle. What about different climates? Here is some information on miniature plants for Texas and Florida.

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This diminutive Nana Lutea Hinoki Cypress with the golden foliage picks up the tiny flower color of the budding Golden Divine Barberry. This pot is about 6″ wide.

And here is your forest! We have two different sets of six tiny trees that could easily be grown together to create a miniature magical forest. Oh my, I think I just inspired myself – I need to go make one now, that sounds like too much fun. Lol!

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From lower left, clockwise: White Pygmy Sawara Cypress, Jean’s Dilly Dwarf Spruce, Miniature Juniper, Nana Lutea Hinoki Cypress, Valley Cushion Mugo Pine, Top Point White Cedar. As a group they are hardy to -10F, full sun, well-draining soil. Click the picture to see all the details.

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Clockwise from lower left corner: Jersey Jewel Japanese Holly, Tansu Japanese Cedar, Chirimen Hinoki Cypress, Thoweil Hinoki Cypress, Dwarf Princess Elm, Tsukumo Sawara Cypress. The different textures of the conifers combined with the deciduous Princess Elm and the Jersey Jewel Holly has a ton of seasonal interest all year long. As a group, hardy to -10F, full sun. Click the picture to see all the details.

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Aren’t they just the best? From left: a tiny Jean’s Dilly Dwarf Spruce, Fernspray Gold Hinoki Cypress, and Valley Cushion Mugo Pine that is so cute you will want to take it with you wherever you go. Lol! Click the picture to see all the details.

Geez, I’m like a kid in a candy store with these little guys! See all the sets and combinations here in our New and Back in Stock Department. Just a note that the 2 1/4″ conifers are just babies, and need protection from any extremes until they grow up a bit.

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In Seattle? Come and see me at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show on Wednesday, February 11th at 5pm at the DIY Stage! Admission is only $10 after 3pm and you are sure to find parking that day at that hour too. More info here.

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Miniature Football Gardening, Superbowl XLIX

Miniature Garden Plants is Our Specialty!

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I couldn’t resist joining the fun.

Miniature Football Gardening, Superbowl XLIX

There will be a short pause in the proceedings as Seattle goes nutty for the Seahawks this weekend. It would be negligent to even think of getting any real work done. I’d best join ‘em. ;o)

See more of the Seahawk Miniature Garden photos from Superbowl XLVIII:

- Close-ups and Decorating Ideas.

- Plant and Shed Details.

GO HAWKS!

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The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest, 2015

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Best Container from the Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest for 2013.

Best Container by Dori from the Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest for 2013.

The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest, 2015

Yay! It’s back! Step right up, folks and prepared to be amazed! Lol!

It’s time to announce the start of the Annual Miniature Garden Contest. We switched it around last year and are hosting it now, so dig through your photos and enter today!

But why-o-why did you move it, Janit? We usually started the contest in August, when everyone was enjoying the lazy, hazy days of summer and ended it in November when everyone was up to their eyeballs in their to-do lists for the Holidays. So we decided to center it around the month of LOVE – February! When everyone could actually use a dose of summer – well, except for our fellow MGs down-under in Australia, maybe we’ll get some entries from them too!

Here are all the details, how to enter, what you’ll win and the schedule. Note that we have outside judges for the contest as Steve and I are now friends with many of you, it was hard to be objective. Here are our delightful judges:

Tammy Zielinski of Fairy Garden Havens based out of southern Wisconsin and specializes in fairy garden parties and workshops for all ages. Tammy has an online store with everything fairy too, check it out here. Find her on Facebook here.

Lori Burkheimer of Enchanted Garden Art by Scrapwood Studio and is based in western Washington. You can find Lori at one of the many art and garden shows in the area or at her online Etsy shop here. Follow her on Facebook here.

All the entries from our last miniature garden contest. Whew!

All the entries from our last contest. Whew!

 

Here are the details on this year’s Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest:

Contest Deadline: Friday, April 17th, 2015, 12pm PST

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FIVE CATEGORIES TO ENTER
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1. Best of Show Miniature Garden

2. Best Miniature Garden in a Container

3. Best Miniature Garden In-Ground

4. Best Miniature Fairy Garden

5. Best International Miniature Garden

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

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PRIZES FOR THE BEST AND PERKS FOR ENTERING
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Best of Show Award: Best in Show Prize: $75 Shopping Spree*!

$35 In-Store credit* for each winner:
– Best Miniature Garden in a Container
– Best Miniature Garden in Ground
– Best Miniature Fairy Garden

International entries are separated because of the entry requirements (see below.) International prizes are to be decided as we are unable to guarantee safe delivery to some areas.

*Contest Prizes do not include shipping costs.

Prize / store credits must be used all at once.

All participants get one coupon for each for 20% off our online Miniature Garden Center store at http://www.TwoGreenThumbs.com/, good until May 31st, 2015. No exceptions. (Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount.)

The winning miniature gardeners will be highlighted in May’s Mini Garden Gazette, our monthly newsletter. Blogged about here on the Mini Garden Guru blog and generally be the center of much merriment and hoopla in and around all our social media channels.

Join us for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest!

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HOW TO ENTER
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1. All entries must have at least 3 plants, accessories and/or patio materials purchased from the sponsor, Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center.  Entries from outside the US and Canada are exempt. Here’s a direct link to our store: http://www.shop.TwoGreenThumbs.com/

2. Make a miniature garden if you haven’t already. ;o)

3. Take a photo of your miniature garden.

4. Post the photo below on this Two Green Thumbs Facebook CONTEST EVENT PAGE

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

Here’s how to post your entry:

- 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)

6. 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! This will be verified.

7. Join our email list if you haven’t already at: http://www.TwoGreenThumbs.com/ Signups will be verified.

8. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest. Follow this blog – enter your address on the right. ~>

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1. There must be at least 3 items, plants and/or accessories PURCHASED from our sponsor Two Green Thumbs’ Miniature Garden Center’s online store. All entries will be verified. Entries from outside the US and Canada are exempt.

2. You must join our email list here: http://www.TwoGreenThumbs.com/

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

4. Plants must be horticulturally correct. “Right plant, right place” and right pairing/matching within the garden will be part of the judging criteria. No temporary arrangements will be accepted.

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

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

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

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

9. All entrants will receive their 20% discount coupon on Saturday May 2nd via Facebook. Please look for the post that day to message us – we are not able to message you directly, valid through May 31, 2015.

10. Contest ends at 12 noon, Pacific Time, Friday, April 17th, 2015.

11. Winner will be announced on May 1st, 2015, on the Facebook page, in the Mini Garden Gazette and will be notified by email.

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

13. Shipping costs are not included in any of the discounts, offers or gift certificates offered here.

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

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

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

Questions? Did we miss something?
Leave your question below for all to see!

Thank you for joining us!

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An Open Letter for Miniature Gardeners and Fairy Gardeners: A Heart to Heart

Janit & Steve Calvo with their 1/6 scale miniature garden

This is Steve and I in front of our 1/6 scale (GI Joe/Barbie size) miniature garden that we created last summer. Steve loves this scale because his hands are too big for the smaller sizes. Me? I’m a sucker for anything miniature! Lol!

An Open Letter for Miniature Gardeners & Fairy Gardeners: A Heart to Heart

A new year always brings reflection and renewal. After much thought and discussion, Steve and I have decided to make some changes to how we connect with you, our dear and fellow miniature gardeners.

We would like to introduce the new Miniature Garden Society, it will be a private and safe website and club where everyone can go to connect, grow and create.

Our main reason for this change is to grow our passion, share more ways to create and to have fun. As an original content creator, I enjoy coming up with new and unusual ideas around our passion of gardening in miniature. I love fitting a bit of whimsy into my everyday life to brighten my day, lift my spirits and make myself giggle.

For the last 15 years, we have been casting a wide net and promoting the idea of miniature gardening throughout the world so everyone is aware that it exists – a mission that is now almost accomplished – so it’s time to dig in and grow the hobby itself.

From the feedback and questions from the first book that we’ve been receiving over the last year I know you want

Everything miniature garden will be included!

I’ve collected information, photos, insight, how-tos and much, much more over the years that I need to get to you, our fellow Miniature Gardeners! The Miniature Garden Society is perfect for fairy gardening too, one of the bonuses is all about fairy gardening. 

to go deeper into miniature gardening too. So, how much info and how many ideas have I collected? If you’re familiar with the Gardening in Miniature book, (250 pages,) I have about twice as much material and I can easily fill two more books. I’m very eager to share it all with you but have grown tired of the people that ruthlessly rob and scrape my ideas to get them made in China. I’d rather share them directly with you, our customer and fellow miniature gardener. 

Our online stores are very fun and we are still going to keep them open. We’ve met thousands of great people through them, and we wouldn’t be here without our fellow miniature gardeners. But now that the hobby has made into the mainstream, we’re finding that we can’t grow as much as we would like if we only did the online retailing.

By forming this club, you can have more direct contact with us, and we with you, and we both will have a safe place to do it where others can benefit from the ideas and answers as well. Forums, chats, photo albums, databases, libraries, and much more, will all be there to share and learn from one another. All we need is a beginning and this is it.

Join us! Early-Bird Special Sign-ups is on now!

It’s a place to put all our information so you can access it
easily, whenever you need to.
Join us for the Miniature Garden Society here.

Everything miniature garden will be included!

The Miniature Garden Society member-only website will be a place to put all the miniature plant details and growing info too.

If you are new to the email list, you can find out just how creative we’ve been with this new hobby by scrolling through our Mini Garden Guru blog, checking out or main website, or looking us up on Facebook. 

Since 2008, we’ve be publishing almost-weekly blogs highlighting fun and different ways to enjoy this new hobby, sharing first-hand experience growing the right kind of plants, what accessories work well, why they work and much, much more.

If you are familiar with our work here at Two Green Thumbs, then you’ll know just how creative we can be with our sustainable and fun ideas – and the ideas never seem to stop either. 

So please join us! We are offering an Early Bird Special that’s only good until January 18th and includes multiple bonuses that value far more than the price if you join today. After the 18th, the price goes up and some of the bonuses go away.

The complete, initial agenda, prices and a sign-up link for the new Miniature Garden Society is here, up on our website. 

Click to see the bonuses included in the
Early Bird Special

and get more details
on this new Members-Only site.
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Our new logo for the Miniature Garden Society

Our new logo for the Miniature Garden Society

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Miniature Gardening with Air Plants

New Miniature Garden Merchandise!

Miniature Gardening with Air Plants

The brand new book on air plants easily rekindles our love of Tillandsias.

Miniature Gardening with Air Plants

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A soil-less option for your tiny pots – air plants!

Well, Timber Press has done it again. I’m not sure how many of their books I have to put down because I get too inspired, and have to go make or plant something. When I curled up with the new Air Plants book, I read to page 101 before I couldn’t stand it any longer, and went looking for my air plants to play with. Lol!

The new book, Air Plants: The Curious World of Tillandsias, by Zenaida Sengo, released late last year, is yet another gem to add to your miniature garden library. Beautifully photographed by Caitlin Atkinson, the detailed images focus on the wide variety of tillandsias, from a simple plant on a tray placed on the coffee table to a bushel of “sun-kissed clumps” that can help fill in the bare base of a houseplant.

From a miniature gardener’s point of view, I really enjoyed the primer chapter that defines the different types of air plants to get a better understanding of what they need. The maintenance and care sections were a great refresher course for keeping the air plants looking their best. Zenaida sorts out the watering for us too – yes, air plants need water – and she gives several different ways, and a handy chart, to help you keep the tillandsias hydrated. Propagating, bloom and growth cycles, light problems, fertilizing, and much more are included and all the segments are carefully photographed so you can see what to look for too.

Miniature Gardening with Air Plants

Of course I zero in on the smallest plant in the book… Lol!

Miniature Gardening with Air Plants

You can enjoy your air plants in a miniature pot to be placed right in your mini garden, or on your desk or windowsill.

Miniature Gardening with Air Plants

A Tillandsia ionantha placed in a miniature urn immediately turns into a tiny Dracena palm. Take it inside for the winter, they are tropical plants after all.

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Miniature Gardening with Air Plants

Fun projects like this air plant display that almost teases you as you go up stairs, are included in the book too.

Miniature Gardening with Air Plants

Air plants are ideal for open terrariums or dish gardens. Pair them with a miniature figure to define the theme and the scale.

Miniature Gardening with Air Plants

An open terrarium with the right kind of air plant combined with shells, coral pieces, tiny driftwood and moss, can look like an underwater garden. This one is a Tillandsia bulbosa.

If you only have one book on air plants, make it this one. Beyond the care and maintenance chapters are a wealth of more ideas on how to display and use your air plants in your interior décor and around your home where you would least expect something living and green to grow. A few very fun projects at the end are just more icing on the cake, in case you weren’t inspired enough already.

Find the book on the publisher’s website here, or on Amazon here.

Find small pots for your air plants here.

Find small figures for your miniature garden here.

Find colorful pebbles in different sizes here.

Join us for more fun in the miniature garden here.

The new Air Plant book from Timber Press

Register with Timber Press to receive their updates – they frequently have fun giveaways and contests – and they’ll let you know when there is a sale on too.

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