How to Give the Gift of the Imagination with Miniature Gardening

How to Give the Gift of the Imagination with Miniature Gardening

Whew! Now that big-box store’s giant sales-weekend is over for another year, it’s time to let the smaller kids play. Yeah, if you know me at all, I don’t follow any leader very well – you can ask my parents about that too. I tend to make up my own rules as a I go along, not unlike our new president-elect. (A presidential dig but I am hopeful.)

Here’s how I would like to rearrange this last weekend in the Land of Janit:

  • Black Friday should be Green Friday that only honors businesses that are socially and environmentally conscious, and demonstrate that they care about their customers.
  • Small Business Saturday should be called “Really-Small Business Saturday.” It’s a bit of a joke, really. Did you know that businesses with less than 500 employees and $7 million in sales IS a small business? How can you compare that with us and many of the other “Really-Small Businesses” out there?  We are, in fact, a micro-business with the two of us, the hubby works part-time, I work full time at TwoGreenThumbs.com – which is really 1.5 employees. Lol!
  • Cyber Monday is dominated by the big corps who can pay for big advertising and get lots of people to shout loud, tweet and post so they get your money online too. I think it should be called “Silent Monday” to let us recover from the one of the busiest weekends of the year. Think it will fly?

No, really, I love the holidays and look forward to diving into the occasion with my baking and decorating. I hope you “vote with your wallet” this holiday season and support tiny businesses who you can connect with personally, know you, actually speak with you and work with you.

That said, here are some fantastic gifts for the miniature gardener on your list – or gifts for YOUR miniature gardens. After all, this hobby gives us so much throughout the year: creativity, learning, solace, grounding, playtime, bragging rights, easy gift ideas, stress-relief and the plants to nurture and grow – that it really deserves a little gift in return – IMHO. ;o)

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Give LIVING Plants for Christmas With NO Hassle, NO Maintenance and NO Worries!

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The “Ship Plants Later” Add-on: 1.) We ship you (or the recipient) a gift-wrapped box for under the tree that includes one of our own greeting cards.

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2.) They open it and send us the self-addressed-stamped postcard when they are ready for their plants. They’ll get a list of what’s coming.

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3.) Then they receive the plants! The plants will be fresh, healthy, stress-free and high-quality, sent straight from our nursery!

You can now give plants without having to take care of them during the busy holiday season! For just a $5 add-on to your plant order, you (or the recipient) will get a gift-wrapped box and greeting card to put under the tree. In that box is a self-addressed-stamped postcard to mail to us when you (or the recipient) are ready for your plants. Then we ship the plants straight from our nursery. Easy-peasy.

All you have to do is add it onto your order, fill out the shipping address for the recipient – or we can send it to you – and the rest we’ll take care of! This is available for both our online stores. See it here.

Unique & Different Miniature Garden Gifts in our Etsy Store!

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It’s a miniature garden Christmas party! See this set up in our Etsy store here.

Our Etsy store is where we put all our unique and wonderful miniature garden items, sets and kits – plus a few of our other bestsellers. Our potting bench sets are great fun because nothing is glued-down – you can play with it! We have natural supplies for your fairy-makings as well as wide variety of true-to-scale dollhouse miniatures that we’ve adapted for our miniature gardening. Visit our Etsy store here.

Customized & Personalized Miniature Garden Kits!

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Create your own Miniature Garden Kit! Customize it just how you like. Personalize it to make it a very special gift that will keep on giving!

Create your own version of our Miniature Garden Kits! You pick out the plants, accessories and patio material. If you need help selecting the “right plants for the right place” we are here for you. Take advantage of this opportunity to make a very personalized, fun gift that will keep on giving for years after the holidays. It includes shipping by Priority Mail, our “Ship Plants Later” Add-on (optional) and our bestselling Gardening in Miniature book. To order, or to see more of the details, click here to go to the online store.

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Give the most creative gift of all! An endless stream of new ideas, new project, new insights and a community of like-minded people!

Whoa, Nelly! The Miniature Garden Society is chock-a-block FULL of miniature garden EVERYTHING! It’s perfect for both the established miniature gardener or fairy gardener, OR the newbie that is just starting out. This new members-only website is not even a year old and there are new ideas, information and insights added each month to keep it fresh and new. See more of what you get with the membership, click here.

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Get a gift certificate through our online store! Let them have the fun shopping for what they want at their leisure. We use Paypal Gift Certificates, and they are on the front page of our website here.

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Get your autographed copy of Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World from our online store!

A book that will capture their imagination and stay with them for a looong time! Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World is like no other. It’s written by Yours Truly, who brought this new hobby to the marketplace, made it accessible for anyone to enjoy AND who is a miniature gardener. It’s published by the world’s top garden publisher, Timber Press – and after doing two books with these guys (new book is due June, 2017) – they are very particular about every aspect of their books. Excellent photos, the right information, well-edited with a terrific layout and includes 7 different DIY projects too. You can’t go wrong giving any gardener this gift! See more here.

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DIY Christmas Decor for the Miniature Garden

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Cuteness! Tiny homemade details can easily reflect your personal style. You’ll spend just as much time getting these ingredients together than you will doing this tutorial. Make a few at the same time and have fun with them, you’ll get better after the second one you make.

DIY Christmas Decor for the Miniature Garden

Here are a couple of do-it-yourself tutorials for Christmas decorations for your miniature garden. Use the same color scheme as your “full-size” decorations throughout your house and garden, it will just add to the cute factor. Find miniature decorations up in our store, or I’ve mentioned where I’ve found them throughout this blog.

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Here’s yet-another benefit from growing miniature conifers and small-leafed trees and shrubs: you can harvest them for miniature holiday decorations just like you would in “full-size.” Whenever I can, I save my miniature pruning duties for this time of year so I can use them for decorations. “Limbing-up” from the base of a dwarf conifer can shape it to be more tree-like. Prune way-ward branches from the top canopy of the tree to maintain the round-ness or over all shape of the foliage. Pruning also helps to send messages to the wee tree that you want the plant’s efforts and energy to be used elsewhere, like growing a thicker trunk and branches. Got a lot of pruning? Try wiring a miniature garland together.

Shop Two Green ThumbsThe branches we used here were soaked in a solution of glycerin and water to help them last longer. Place 1 part glycerin and 15 parts water in yogurt tub or similar, and make sure the branches are submerged. Leave it in there for at least overnight, 24 hours is better. Glycerin is found in hand lotions, among other uses, and it helps to seal in moisture – which is why we love to soak our naturals in it to help them retain color and supple-ness, at least for a few weeks while we can enjoy them. Otherwise your wee branches would do what they normally do when brought inside a heated house: dry out and go brown within days. Experiment with different ratios for different plants and how long they will stay preserved. Add dye to the glycerin/water solution to change the color of light-colored naturals. Glycerin can be found at any art store or most drug stores. It comes in a small bottle and doesn’t cost much.

Miniature Wreath Tutorial:

Make a REAL miniature wreath for your miniature garden! Here’s how to make one from a spruce branch, and from a Boxleaf Euonymous branch. Any sturdy but bend-able branch with small leaves could work but experiment first if you are creating an important holiday display.

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What the wreaths are made of, from top left clockwise: Mugo Pine, Euonymous, Cotoneaster, Dwarf Spruce

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From the top left, clockwise: Cotoneaster, Mugo Pine, Thyme, Dwarf Spruce, Euonymous, Hinoki Cypress (lime green branch under Cotoneaster.) I didn’t mention varieties on purpose, you can use almost any type of small-leafed branch.

Dwarf Spruce Wreath

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You’ll need a branch or two, some jewelry wire, needle-nosed pliers and a pair of flat-nosed pliers. Silver wire was used for this tutorial so you can see it, otherwise I would have used dark green wire to blend into the foliage.

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If the branches are too short, wire two of them together to make a longer one.

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Loop them around to make a wreath and wire them together. Work gently and do your best to work the wire in between the needles.

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It may seem out of balance when you first start, but just go with it for now. Leave the wire ends for now, they will come in handy later.

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Add some more wire wraps where its needed to tuck in some of the smaller branches closer to the circle.

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Tiny details can be accumulated throughout the year. Miniature tinsel and glittery pompoms can be found at Michael’s Crafts along with the cherry picks. Tiny candy canes can be found at your local miniature store. I trimmed the ends off of a larger velvet bow to make a miniature one. Use tiny leaves and colorful branches for more texture and interest.

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The bow is wrapped around with its own wire, the smaller details are hot-glued on. Notice the tiny sprig of hinoki cypress is used to brighten up the berries. BUT the bottom has too many branches and the top – not so much…

 

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Decide on the “right” branch to snip off the bottom. This chosen branch was on the back of the wreath and could be easily cut off to lessen the bulk.

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And, with a little bit of hot-glue, we add it to the top to help it balance out a bit.

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That’s better!

Small Broadleaf Wreath

Broadleaf is a fancy name for a plant that has leaves – as opposed to needles on a pine tree for example. A lot of broadleaf plants are deciduous like Maple, Elm and Oak, but some are evergreen and keep their leaves throughout the seasons – thankfully, they help keep the landscape “green” in the middle of winter. We used an Euonymous branch for this tutorial. Same idea as the spruce wreath above, but with a different twist because of the leaves.

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A way-ward branch pruned from a Boxleafed Euonymous from our in-ground miniature garden.

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Strip away the leaves inside the natural curve of the branch .

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You can pinch off the more tender, top branches as you work along the stem.

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Ready to shape into a circle.

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Bend it around carefully. Wire it in place. Work the wire in between the leaves gently to get to the stem. The leaves and stem toward the top of the branch are going to be more tender so don’t force the wire too much or it will cut right through the branch.

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Gently pull the wire taunt to hold the branches where you want them.
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Twist the wires gently together with your fingers, tighten them gently with flat-nosed pliers. Leave the excess wire in place – don’t cut it off yet.

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Now that you have the wreath shape, edit out the leaves that clash or distort the design.

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Use the excess wire from the wrapping to create a loop on the back of the wreath to hang it with. Round-nose pliers work well to make tiny wire loops.

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Wrapped with a little tinsel garland, hot-glued the poinsettia flower with more lime-green hinoki leaves to finish it off. Looks like a holiday!

When you are in you miniature garden, harvesting branches for this fun diy, choose a couple of sets of each type of branch that you want to work with; if you totally mess up you have a couple of chances to get it right.

MAKE IT LAST: If you are keeping your miniature wreath indoors for a couple/few weeks throughout the season, make a couple of them to rotate in and out the scene. Because they are living wreaths, they will do better in the cold and damp than inside in the forced, heated air. Make a 2 or 3 or 4 wreaths, treat them like a corsage or boutonniere and keep them in a take-out container in the fridge with a damp paper towel on the bottom of the container. The amount of time they will last will vary, depending upon how long you soaked them in the glycerin/water solution, what kind of branch they are and what conditions they are displayed in.

Quick Miniature Garden Holiday Garden Art

Some things are worth repeating, huh? If you haven’t explored your local fabric store’s selection of seasonal buttons, it’s worth the drive. There are a ton of different ideas out there. Here is a fast and fun way to make decorative garden stakes for your miniature garden.

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These were made about eight years ago: buttons hot-glued to plastic lollipop sticks. Some of the glue has yellowed, but you would have to be up-close to see that. Other ornaments needed a bit of highlighting with a touch of gold or silver to refreshen the details.

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The reindeer buttons were mounted on the sticks to look like they were galloping. This fun project is one that kids can do too.

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The same buttons can be use for ornaments. Instead of trying to painstakingly wire or loop each and every ornament to tiny branches, use metallic pipe cleaners to make an ornament from any button. Poke the wired-button into the tree’s branches, it’ll stay there if the tree isn’t moved around a lot. If do want to make a decorated tree that will be moved or carried, use strands of garlands and miniature lights and wire the ends of the strings in place. This will save you a lot of fussing around.

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You will need: buttons, lollipop sticks, pliers, hot-glue gun and about 5 minutes. The lollipop sticks can be found at Michael’s Crafts.

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Clip off button loop with pliers.

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Look at the front of the button to see which way you want it mounted on the stick. Squeeze glue in a small line to get maximum surface contact.

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Stick the stick the way that you want it stuck. ;o)

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If the button pattern is asymmetrical, mount the buttons on the stem in a different rotation so they look different.

Want to add snow? Here’s what we found out about that idea – click here.

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One Very Easy Way To Spread More Love

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One Very Easy Way To Spread More Love

Want to spread love? Then do what you love to do. How easy is that?

Here’s what Siobhan McAuley from StirringTheSoul.com says about fixing a negative or sorrowful outlook. Siobhan is a personal and business coach based in Tennessee. If there was ever anyone meant to do the job that she does in helping people create the life that you want, it’s her:*

“Love is the answer and it doesn’t matter what the question is. If we’re always focusing our attention on the things that we love, we’re constantly creating an amplification of more things that we actually love… By taking that initiative to pursue whatever it is we love, regardless of the circumstances are in our life, we actually start to bring a wave of more of what we want into our lives.”

Siobhan is a gardener of life and we know that as gardeners, you reap what you sow.

So, sow away by making, creating and sharing what you love to do! Feel the amplified message grow inside you and know that if you ever need more love, you can easily create more love by doing what you love. Simple, huh? And may I recommend gardening in miniature? You knew that was coming, right? ;o)

(*I get no kickback from Siobhan for promoting her work. She is lifelong friend who has always been very curious about how to live our best lives. She’s a natural and gifted coach. StirringTheSoul.com)

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New, True Miniature Garden Trees are Deliciously Miniature Indeed!

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Wonderful new, true miniature conifers are now in stock at your Miniature Garden Center, TwoGreenThumbs.com. Check out the darling little developing cones on the Hildburghausen Miniature Norway Spruce. I am in love!!

New, True Miniature Garden Trees are the REAL DEAL!

“One for you. One for me. One for you. One for me… ” Lol! Sometimes I wonder why I am in the business of gardening in miniature. I’m like a kid in a candy store but I don’t eat the profits, I plant the profits. Thankfully, I’m running out of room in my in-ground garden to house them – but, wait – the dog can do without a lawn right? ;o)

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And Primo it is! We are loving this new dwarf arborvitae, ‘Primo!’ This is exactly what we look for: a small tree that looks like a “big” tree in miniature!

Check out the wonderful additions to our online miniature garden nursery this season! TRUE miniature and dwarf trees and shrubs! Just in time of the holidays too – you can really surprise any miniature gardener, fairy gardener, railroad gardener, conifer collector, bonsai artist, shohin or mame artist or any plant nut for that matter.

Our miniature trees are of the highest quality in the country, if I must say, and they all are “good in the pot” until next spring as long as you keep them watered – even if is it freezing outside (frozen is much better than freeze-dried, right?) Keep them outside and you’ll keep them happy even if you are not ready to plant them or wrap them up for the gift-giving season.

You know you can plant anything in-ground as long as the soil is not frozen or soaking wet  AND you also know that you can plant a container garden at anytime of year.

These new trees and shrubs are outdoor plants. Don’t think you can fool Mother Nature by keeping them indoors  – unless you just want to enjoy it as a temporary arrangement, like cut flowers for example. You can find all the growing information and planting zones in each tree listing too.

If you have any questions, or find that something you wanted sold out – because quantities are limited – get in touch with us at info@TwoGreenThumbs.com and we can put your name on the waitlist for the next time the plant(s) become available. (This may not take as long as you think since our grower is now fully on board with the miniature garden idea!)

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The new Jana Dwarf Spruce. All those little ball-shaped buds made me giggle when I this took this photo!

A list of our new and back in stock miniature and dwarf trees this season now up in your Miniature Garden Center Store, TwoGreenThumbs.com: 

Geisha Japanese Holly – Lovely, tiny, rounded leaves.

Hebefolia Miniature Canada Hemlock – Awesome. The smallest Hemlock ever!

Hildburghausen Miniature Norway Spruce – You need to see the tiny cones!

Jana Miniature Norway Spruce – The buds all over it made me giggle. Lol!

Jeddeloh Canada Hemlock – Perfect for the full shade mini garden. 

Just Dandy Hinoki Cypress – Wonderful emerald green colors.

Little Charmer Dwarf Hinoki Cypress – Different colors & textures in one!

Little John Dwarf Hinoki Cypress – Amazing pattern in the swirling branches.

Moonfrost Canada Hemlock – A permanent a favorite for the mini garden.

Primo Dwarf Arborvitae – So looking forward to growing this one!

Shimpaku Chinese Juniper – Perfectly hardy to trim into a any shape.

Sky Pencil Japanese Holly – Evergreen and tall, the perfect anchor tree.

Tom Thumb Cotoneaster – Year-round interest, flowers in the spring.

Valley Cushion Dwarf Mugo Pine – Hardy and loves the full, hot sun.

Wee Willie Dwarf Boxwood – Versatile! Topiary, hedge or a wee tree!

White Bud Mugo Pine – A joy to grow, becomes a terrific “big” tree.

See the photos, close ups and growing information in our New and Back in Stock trees, plants and shrubs for the miniature garden hobby. It’s our specialty!

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The smallest Hemlock that we’ve had in the last 15 years in business. The Hebefolia Canada Hemlock is named after the perennial Hebe plant because if it’s tiny, rounded leaves. “One for me. One for you….” Lol!

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I didn’t see these tiny cones on the Hebefolia Canada Hemlock at first. Check out the tiny stripes on the backside of the leaves too. It’s the little things, isn’t it? :o)

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15 Awesome Reasons to Celebrate in the Miniature Garden

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15 Awesome Reasons to Celebrate Miniature Gardening

Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center is celebrating 15 years in business this month!  Here are just a few reasons to celebrate the biggest garden niche that has come along in years:

#1. Miniature gardens make people laugh and smile.

Go ahead and try it. Show someone a miniature garden and watch the smiles and giggles. Make sure you put something tucked in the back of the garden to reward the viewer for looking. Like a bunny under a bush or quiet little vignette with a bench.

#2. Miniature gardens are portable; you can take it with you.

We wrote the book on it. Get an autographed copy from our store or find it on Amazon.com!

We wrote the book on it. Get an autographed copy from our store or find it on Amazon.com!

A miniature garden is a real garden, complete with a garden bed full of trees, bushes, flowers and wee patio –  and you can take it with you. Whether your renting your home or apartment, traveling in an RV or just not quite settled-down yet, you can still have a full garden. Garden clean up is a snap and you can still brag about working in your garden at the office on Monday morning.

#3. Miniature gardens are personal; create your own tiny living world just how you like it.

Miniature gardening can be as big as you like, or as small as you need. You can make it your dream garden or your scheme garden and use it to plan a full-size garden. Inject just about any theme into it and make it as fantastical as you like.

#4. Miniature gardens are season-less.

You can build a miniature garden in a container anywhere you like. You can plant container gardens at anytime of year. Make a tiny mess creating on your kitchen table or make a bigger garden out on your deck. (You can plant in-ground anytime the ground is not frozen or the soil is not soaking wet.)

#5. Miniature gardens are grounding and good for the soul.

Studies have shown that playing with nature and having plants around lowers stress and is centering. Spending a few minutes in your miniature garden after a stressful day can reset your attitude. You can’t be in a bad mood when you are miniature gardening, it’s impossible. Get your fork out, do some raking and enjoy your personal time with yourself.

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#6. Miniature gardens are very fun to make.

Creating your little garden is very fun from the get-go: from the very first time you see a garden in miniature, throughout the dreaming and planning process, hunting and seeking out the right plants, materials and accessories to use, to the completion of the garden itself – it’s just Fun with a capital “F.”

#7. Miniature gardening is very fun to share.

You can create a very fun and memorable afternoon miniature gardening with friends and/or family. It build connections and give you a common topic to share and explore together.

#8. Miniature gardens can be very enchanting.

It’s not hard to make an enchanting miniature garden and once you hit that level of charm, you’ll realize why you love it so. Using true dwarf and miniature plants, realistic accessories and building materials are the secret to achieving a scene in miniature that is often regarded as “simply divine.”

Keepin' it real in the miniature garden with TwoGreenThumbs.com#9. Miniature gardens are easy to maintain.

Using the golden garden rule, “Right plant, right place,” will get you off to a terrific start for a low maintenance garden in miniature. By choosing trees and plants that do well in your environment will create a very easy miniature garden to maintain.

#10. Miniature gardening is versatile, can be indoors or outdoors.

There is always room for a miniature garden! 

#11. Miniature gardens are accessible to everyone.

Anyone can build a miniature garden. Anyone.

#12. Miniature gardens have long legs.

You can easily go deeper into any aspect of the gardening in miniature hobby. It overlaps several other hobbies, and we draw the best aspects of them into our miniature gardening. We enjoy miniature making without the expense or room it takes for a dollhouse. Our trees naturally grow into beautiful bonsai subjects without the root pruning and high maintenance.

#13. Miniature gardening doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.

We can enjoy the love of gardening without breaking our backs or our bank.

#14. Miniature gardening builds self esteem.

Hobbies give you something else to think about. If any part of your life isn’t going as planned and you’re feeling down, building a miniature garden can help build yourself back up. Distracting the mind with something creative can lead to a different way to problem solve – you let you subconscious work on the problem while you have fun gardening in miniature!

#15. Miniature gardening can give you a sense of achievement

Miniature gardens in containers can be built within an afternoon and give you the satisfaction of a job completed.

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It’s Getting Scary Out There – And We’re Not Talking About the Election…

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It’s Getting Scary Out There – And We’re Not Talking About the Election…

We’re working on some very scary miniature garden ideas for our new Miniature Garden Society!

The Day of the Dead flags are completely waterproof, cut out of thin plastic.

That’s a working miniature fountain off to the right.

That mummy creeping up in the middle of the scene is weatherproof and waterproof – and only cost 66 cents to make.

You’ll find a constant stream of new ideas going into this new adventure called The Miniature Garden Society.

Scared of missing out on some great ideas for your miniature or fairy garden?

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Easy, Quick & Fun: A Miniature Garden Pumpkin House

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Once the pumpkin house was carved, it was easy fun setting up this shot in the miniature garden.

Easy, Quick & Fun: A REAL Miniature Garden Pumpkin House PLUS Halloween Tips

After years of creating and growing with this new-again hobby of miniature gardening, it’s a wonder that you can come up with anything new, huh? But, alas, it’s the variables that rope you in and keep the ideas dancing in your head in the wee hours of the morning. So many plants, pots, accessories, sizes, themes and designs to keep you creative! Oh my!

You mean I can plant a garden now? – ‘Tis the season and you can start with Halloween, carry on through Thanksgiving and into the holidays with the same garden – or make a new one each month. Miniature gardening is season-less and can be done anytime, anywhere, so don’t wait for the seasons to have a reason to gardening in miniature!

Make a REAL Miniature Pumpkin House! – Alright, there are now two ways to go about getting a miniature pumpkin house in your miniature garden. This pumpkin-house blog was first published 3 years ago and, since then, a few different kinds of resin pumpkin fairy houses have been made in China and brought back here to attempt to tempt you with… if you can be temped by future landfill. (Sorry, I’m a tree-hugger and very pro-Earth.) BUT you’ll never get the satisfaction out of a resin house that you will from carving your own house design from a real pumpkin. So, release your inner architect, grab a knife and pumpkin and have some fun. I sure your fairies will enjoy a real pumpkin house too!

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We tried shooting with some extra light off to the side, but found them a bit distracting from the pumpkin house. We found the light-up ghost for $1.99 at Rite Aid.

Tips for Shooting Photos in the Dark:

  • Set up your shot in the daylight and start shooting when it’s dusk. If it gets too dark, the camera can’t see the plants with the natural light and you can’t see the surroundings. Photoshopping it afterwards doesn’t look natural.
  • Use a tripod or something sturdy to hold the camera in place. The camera’s shutter will need to stay open for a few seconds, by keeping the camera steady, it will stay focused.
  • Try a couple of different settings on your camera. If you have automatic “scene” settings, try the food and/or museum settings first. Turn the flash off if the camera sets it off automatically. If you are tinkering with manual settings, try adjusting the exposure compensation to a brighter setting.

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  • Load your photos to your computer from your camera before you take the scene apart. Seeing the images on a bigger screen gives you another perspective and you can see what needs tweaking, fix it and reshoot it right away.
  • Be prepared to work fast, as soon as that sun sets you have a limited amount of time to use that dwindling light. If you can, do it again the following night. If you’re an early bird, try this at dawn but set up the shot the day before when you can see, have the candles ready to light and have a piece of cardboard or plastic to sit, kneel or lay down on.
  • Have something else that lights up in the shot. That little light-up ghost helped to illuminate some more details outside the pumpkin house. If you have string lights, see how they look just laid behind the house, or in front of the house and the edge of the shot.
Halloween Miniature Garden

I cut the squares for windows, then sliced up the cast-off pieces to make the “window panes” and just wedged them in place. The pieces will dry out and shrink so either keep some extra pieces cold and damp to replace the strips when needed. If they dry out too much, get the hot glue gun to tack them in place from the inside. (Assuming the inside flesh of the pumpkin has dried out as well. Remember that it’s only temporary.)

Miniature Garden Clean-Up Tip: For your Halloween set-up, leave the fallen leaves scattered around the miniature garden. It will look more natural. Don’t worry about detailing the garden if your photographing in the dark, the focus will be whatever is lit up. In this example, the eye will go to the pumpkin house first, the ghost second, and then take in the rest of the scene.

Miniature Halloween pumpkin house

The impromptu patio was taken out of a miniature garden and reused here. It’s made from our Mini Patio Mix Kit, a special recipe just for miniature gardens. You can customize to fit any garden and won’t wash away in the rain.

Have a happy and safe Halloween! 

In case you missed it:

How to Carve a Miniature Pumpkin

Halloween in the Miniature Garden

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