Miniature and Fairy Gardening Workshops and Classes for Spring

Miniature Gardening with Janit Calvo

Miniature & Fairy Gardening Workshops & Classes for Spring

Whew! It must be spring! We are spreading the joy of miniature gardening even farther this spring with an art show and an online gig in New York. Come and see us if you can. We are working on more online fun for everyone so please stay tuned.

Local and Online Shows and Workshops – Come and Play With Us!!

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Tiny miniature gardens are super fun! Use our Mini Patio Mix Kit (click the photo) to lock in the wee stones to make it transportable – and fun to give!

Miniature Gardening Show and Sale
at the Art of Gardening in Beautiful Anacortes!

Saturday, April 25: 10am to 4pm
Sunday, April 26: 10am to 3pm

Website & Directions

Come and enjoy beautiful Anacortes! We are bringing our custom miniature gardens, unique terrariums, our own customized miniature accessories and our Gardening in Miniature book – get yours autographed! Come and help spread the joy of miniature gardening in the PNW.

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This is the pot that will will be making in our Fairy Garden Workshop. Come and join us! Bring your Mom! It’s on May 9th, the day before Mother’s Day.

Fairy Gardening Class & Workshop
The Fairy Store – Tacoma Area –
Saturday, May 9th

The Fairy Store is home to eFairies.com

It's the only brick and mofairy store on the map!

It’s the only brick and mortar fairy store on the Google map. Very cool. (Click to enlarge.)

Quite possibly America’s only Fairy Garden store – I can’t find any other brick and mortar store in my google searches. You’ll have to come and join us!! Lol! The Fairy Godmother (aka Shirley) is the sweetest shop-owner and she’s always prepared with a bit of fairy dust too. The Fairy Store is at 2202 84th St S, Lakewood, WA 98499, 20 minutes from Seattle, just past Tacoma, 2 minutes from I5. It is super-easy to find, you can see it from the highway and lots of free parking!

We will be making the same miniature garden shown above. It can be indoors (with plenty of indirect light) or outdoors!

Reserve your spot today. Register at The Fairy Store: (253) 584-9761. (First class is at 10:30, when that fills up we will add a second class in the afternoon.)

There will be more of everything for sale – it’s a fairy store, after all. Fairy houses, fairy accessories miniature and full-sized, fairy costumes, games, puzzles, the Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World book ;o), and just about everything to do with fairies.

Steve and I will be bringing our true miniature trees and plants, plus our unique patio and pathway materials from our online store too. Come and join us!

Molbak's Garden Center is one of largest nurseries in the States AND it's spring. Count on it being fully-stocked and gorgeous!

Molbak’s Garden Center is one of largest nurseries in the States AND it’s spring. Count on it being fully-stocked and gorgeous!

A Little Bit of Magic: Miniature and Fairy Gardens – Demonstration & Seminar
Molbak’s Garden Center – Woodinville, Wa.
Saturday, May 16, 12-1pm

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They fill up their huge nursery with just about everything garden! Yay for spring at Molbak’s! Come and we’ll go over what’s new in the miniature and fairy garden this season. I’ll show you how to put one together that can last for years. Gardening in Miniature book signing afterwards – or before if you can get there earlier. I can help with any design questions too!

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This photo is from an online webinar we held with the Master Gardeners Conference last summer in Blacksburg, VA. That’s my serious face, I was checking for questions in the chat window.

Miniature Garden Class & Workshop
D Thomas Fine Miniatures – New York – 

LIVE Online from Seattle to New York
Saturday, June 27th, 10:30am – 12:30pm

(I’m online in Seattle teaching you in Darren’s store, in Historic Hudson Valley, New York.)

More details to come!

See Darren’s website here.

Joining us?

If you are coming to any of the following events and want to purchase any miniature garden plants, parts or pieces from our online store. (New York workshop is excluded, of course, Darren will have the plants and items there.) Please contact us! We would love to bring your order to you and save you the cost of shipping. Go ahead and place your order, email us at Steve@TwoGreenThumbs.com (or 206-352-0494) and we’ll refund the shipping and make arrangements for pick up at the event.

Sophisticated Fairy Gardening, by Janit Calvo

Our new eBook! For Advanced Fairy Gardeners only. It’s an addendum to our Gardening in Miniature book. Click the picture for more.

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Miniature Gardening : What They Won’t Tell You But I Will

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Miniature Fairy Gardening : What They Won’t Tell You But I Will

Ugh. It’s a pet peeve of mine. I should be a consumer advocate. I just hate seeing people set up for failure – especially in our beloved niche.

A customer emailed the other day and complained that her moss smelled musty. After a bit of digging, pun intended, I found out she used moss sheets to cover the ground in around her plants. The moss was getting moldy because of the dampness of the soil and garden. She was actually sold the moss for that specific purpose. Ugh x 2.

The “fairy garden moss” out on the market today will not work with live plants nor in real soil. It’s fake and should be used only for artificial scenes. That includes any kind of preserved moss, moss sheets, moss clumps, Spanish moss, reindeer moss, whatever you want to call it. And the funniest thing is – it’s expensive!

Ugh x 3!!

The Truth About Fairy Moss

Fake moss can’t replace the real thing. It will get musty and moldy in a real garden environment. Fake moss is at the top, the real moss is below on the left in sheet form, and in clumps on the right, both found on our property.

AND THEN, I see videos of “professionals” laying the moss sheets right on the soil, then tucking the odd plant here and there. And, well, that’s just not going to work out well at all. The moss is smothering the soil, keeping the dampness in and creating a nice moldy mess. Oh, and the moss will also fade quickly in the sun too.

  • If you want moss, stick with real moss. 
  • If you want moss, you need the correct environment for it to grow it in which is difficult to replicate if it doesn’t happen naturally.
  • If you want moss to grow on rocks, you need to find moss that grows on rocks or pavement
  • If you want moss to grow on the soil, you need to find moss that grows on the soil.

Here is our moss guru, the indelible David Spain with his great website on everything mossy: https://www.mossandstonegardens.com/

And leave that fake moss for your other crafty projects. Make a purse for Mom’s Day or a tie for Father’s Day.

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The Truth About Fairy Moss

You can tell it is fake by looking at the backside. If it is not soil – it is fake.

Miniature Garden Plants is Our Specialty!

The Truth About Fairy Moss

Not convinced yet? Steve thought it was dried moss until I showed him the inside. Rip in open, you’ll see the fibers.

Sophisticated Fairy Gardening, by Janit Calvo

Our new eBook raises the bar on fairy gardening. Get your copy today, click the picture to go to our online store!

 

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Sophisticated Fairy Gardening, Advanced Techniques, Ideas and Imaginings, eBook

Sophisticated Fairy Gardening, by Janit Calvo

It’s here! It’s new! Yay!

Sophisticated Fairy Gardening, Advanced Techniques, Ideas and Imaginings eBook

Yay! It’s finally ready! Our new ebook on advanced fairy gardening is now available for download from our online store. It’s an addendum to the Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World book.

Find out why your fairy garden isn’t enchanting. What’s wrong with fairy gardening and why doesn’t it enchant as much as a miniature garden? This new ebook explains why and gives you the insight and inspiration to fix what you growing, or to start off on the right foot.

Find it here, from Your Miniature Garden Center, Two Green Thumbs.
Pin it for later: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/221661612886322735/
Or scroll on down for a look at the ebook’s introduction.

Sophisticated Fairy Gardening, by Janit Calvo

What’s the trouble with fairy gardening? This new ebook explains it all.

Introduction from Sophisticated Fairy Gardening:

* Whether you believe in fairies or not, either way, you are right.*
~ Henry Ford’s Fairy

Fairy gardening has captivated the imagination of gardeners throughout the countryside as people are cleaning out old wheelbarrows and clearing forgotten beds in the garden to make way for these tiny magical people. Some blame the grandkids to help explain their passion to outsiders, others are more than eager in sharing anything fairy and can’t seem to get enough. The mere mention of the word fairy instantly sends the mind spiraling into a fantasy world filled with plants, pretty wings and sparkles in the air. It’s such a creative idea, ripe with magic and bursting with inventiveness and originality.

The fairy presence is interwoven throughout our history and reaches back for centuries in almost every culture. Some regard them as angels that have come from heaven to help us. Others don’t think about them as mystical beings until we get in the garden, or take a walk in the forest but, aren’t they always there? Have you ever been out alone in a forest or field and felt the presence of something? Have you ever caught something out of the corner of your eye only to turn to look, and it was gone?

Welcome to a romp in the fairy garden as we add a touch of the fae to our miniature garden expertise to bring you a honest and candid view of how to make a believable and realistic fairy garden. It won’t be “if you build it, they will come” sort of thing though because… Wait. Did you hear that little sound just now? It could be your fairy, they are already here and waiting for you.

Find Sophisticated Fairy Gardening here, from our online store.

Interested in more miniature gardening? Join us here. 

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16 Ways to Enjoy America’s Favorite Miniature Garden Center

America's Favorite Miniature Garden Center

16 Ways to Enjoy America’s Favorite Miniature Garden Center

As the milestones click by more quickly nowadays, I need to stop and appreciate all the different things we have been doing to share and spread the joy of miniature gardening. Like a big tree with deep roots and multiple branches, Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center has grown slowly to be quite big for such a little idea that started in your Grandma’s backyard. Here is a list of the many ways you can connect with us to learn, grow and share your miniature or fairy gardening with everyone you know too. If you don’t know how fun it is to introduce the idea to someone who’s never heard of it, try it, I guarantee you will make their day.

Postcard for Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center

I used to change the postcard every year before we decided on our strongest avatar shown above. People didn’t realize it was miniature until we started sticking our finger into the photo. Now fingers are seen all over the internet as a reference to all things miniature.

The Popular Two Green Thumbs [dot] com Website

Our handmade website is always growing slowly. It is filled with pages with answers to frequently-asked-questions, galleries of miniature gardens made by you and me, an about page to find out about this long, strange trip we’ve been on, and a portfolio page that – okay wait, that page needs updating. Lol! Can you tell that Yours Truly maintains the site? The website was created in 2004 as my customers started asking for the information on plants, parts and pieces that make up a miniature garden. It’s the lil’ website that could, visit it here.

Miniature Garden Hobby

It really has been scientifically proven: it’s important to schedule fun into your busy day. Leave room for play, it will make you feel better and work better.

The Mini Garden Guru Blog

My blogging career started with writing a garden column for the West Seattle Herald around 2008. After a few months of trying to figure out different ways to work the miniature garden topic into a full-size garden column, I decided I needed to focus on one or the other, the writing for newspapers or the miniature garden movement.

The Mini Garden Guru blog was created as a way to get my findings and discoveries out for all to see, to make it easier to enjoy this hobby. Now you can spend less time avoiding mistakes that I made. I’ve been blogging almost once a week, since 2009, with one guest post only, blogging entirely about miniature gardening and Two Green Thumbs. We have well-over 1,000,000 views on this blog now. 

Miniature Gardening with Two Green Thumbs

America’s Favorite Miniature Garden Center, TwoGreen Thumbs.com – we love all things garden AND miniature!

Your Miniature Garden Center Store

What first started as an eBay store, has now become America’s Favorite Miniature Garden Center. I got my start selling on eBay before I opened own online store in 2004. After a ton of research, I configured the best way to ship the plants safely all year long and well, the rest is garden history. A lot of the customers that found us on eBay are still with us today, and many have become friends.

It’s been interesting watching our inventory evolve, as with everything, the cream rises to the top with both the accessories and the plants. Mind you, some of the miniatures that I just adored selling have been discontinued as the change in manufacturing in China has quadrupled a lot of the prices of the accessories, and have priced more of the ornate items out of the market. But we are now able to offer – and are always looking to do more – accessories that are made in the USA. We enjoy providing high-quality, durable and sustainable miniature garden accessories that are true to the realism and to scale for both miniature and fairy gardening.

Our high quality, hardy, easy-to-grow, true miniature trees, shrubs, and plant varieties have expanded quite nicely over the years. We’ve created a reliable mix of inventory that has something for everyone and for almost everyplace with light, that is. (We still don’t have plants for dark corners in the hallway.) Put this extensive inventory, together with the knowledge of how they grow over many years a miniature garden, has launched us far ahead of crowd. Visit American’s Favorite Garden Center here.

 

The Miniature Garden Society

We are excited about our new website community that is opening soon.

Miniature Garden Society

With the sudden increase of miniature and fairy gardeners and garden shops, it was time to stand apart from the rest and create a safe place to grow and create. The Miniature Garden Society is still a work in progress, the website it still being assembled, but the ideas are about to start to flow and grow. Creativity breeds creativity. Join us here to find out more.

Miniature Gardening in Romania

Collecting email addresses at local touristy markets helped spread the message far and wide. This is from a Romanian garden magazine from 2013. Click the pic to go to the portfolio page on the main website.

The Mini Garden Gazette

We collected names and email address for over a decade from interested people at the weekly, local antique and craft markets and garden shows in and outside Seattle, Wa. when we first started in 2001. Holding down a tent at the Fremont Market and Edmonds Farmers Market put us in front of countless tourists and gardeners. This allowed us to develop an extensive email list that sent the idea around the world. The Mini Garden Gazette started in 2004 as way to promote the website and online store but, nowadays, we advise and inspire fellow miniature gardeners each month. It’s still free and hope it will always be. Join us here.

Janit on Etsy

Weird and wonderful miniature garden items, natural supplies and popular kits.

Janit’s Handmade on Etsy

Our handmade, crafty Etsy store opened in 2008 as a venue for my weird and wonderful miniature garden accessories and materials that were one-of-a-kind, a fun kit or set, and our most popular miniature garden supplies. We have sold a lot of very fun items so far, and look forward to us keeping it weird and wonderful. Visit Janit’s Etsy store here.

Miniature Gardening: Go Ahead, Act Your Shoesize

We went ahead and got these business cards printed with the new slogan only to realize that it wouldn’t work for our European customers. Lol!

Facebooking for you!

Our fellow miniature gardeners on Facebook have collected hundred of photos of miniature gardens from around the world on our Two Green Thumbs’ page since 2009. Click into the photo albums and check out the past contests on the Event page for more. Feel free to ‘like’ us and leave a comment, post a photo or, better yet, enter our Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest that is going on right now – see the details here. Almost 8,600 likes as of today, March 26, 2015! See more here.

Miniature Gardening on Pinterest

Our Pinterest pages are a great spot for the unusual sets, kits, ideas and inspiration that we have to offer – and to remember what we’ve done!

 A Mini Pinterest Garden

Yet another way to collect inspiration and ideas for your miniature gardening pleasure! We add a little something each and every day. While we don’t rank even close to the top pinners with an incredible dedication to this site, we do have separate boards on miniature garden plants, diy crafts, miniatures, fairy gardens, and, of course, miniature gardens. Oh and you don’t have to be a ‘pinner’ to enjoy Pinterest. See them here.

Miniature Gardening Greeting Cards

New miniature garden greeting cards are now available through Zazzle.com

Miniature Garden Merchandize on Zazzle

Now you can wear your hobby! See our new t-shirts up in our Zazzle store. We’ve got mugs, greeting cards, sweatshirts, smart phone covers and more. Don’t see your favorite Two Green Thumbs’ photo for your idea? Let us know and we can get it up there for you! Visit the Miniature Garden Zazzle store here.

Miniature Gardening with Janit Calvo

A hardy miniature garden for full sun with a Top Point Cedar (middle,) a Green Carpet Juniper to the left and red Thyme on the right. It was made last year for Mother’s Day at Swanson’s Nursery.

More on Social Media

Flickr: Flick through our Flickr album if you haven’t already. I try to put only the cream up there, but some antics get posted at times from my other accounts. See it here.

Tweet: Follow us and our random acts of tweeting out miniature garden love! See it here and here

Instagram: Okay, sometimes I show my real sense of humor here, but sometimes I send out snapshots of our life at Two Green Thumbs. See it here.

Google+: Meet me through my personal page, the community page or the store’s page. (Honestly, I didn’t make the last one, Google did.) See it here.

German edition of Gardening in Miniature

Gardening in Miniature – now available in German! Click the pic to see it on Amazon!

Best selling Gardening in Miniature book

Click the picture to get your autographed copy from our online store. Or Amazon[dot]com has it too!

We Wrote The Book On It

Aaaaand our bestselling book on the hobby because it is the best in the hobby, created by the best garden publisher in the industry, Timber Press. Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World has it’s own website too, right here and here is Timber’s page.

Miniature Gardening with Timber Press

Look forward to more miniature gardening with Timber Press, the worlds top garden publisher.

Oh, and There’s Another Book in the Works…

We are tickled pink to be working with Timber Press on another book. I can’t tell you what it is on but I bet you can guess the topic: miniature gardening. How did you know?!? This one is going to be super-fun and deliciously creative. Stay tuned through our email list, you can sign up for the Mini Garden Gazette at the same time. 

Whew! I think I need a nap. And I think I missed something. Lol!

Whatever you do, make it fun Happy Spring! – Janit & Steve.

Your Miniature Garden Center

 

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Robert’s Truly Magical Indoor Miniature Water Gardens

Miniature Gardening at the Philly Show with Janit Calvo

Miniature gardening with Robert from Plantaria.com with his magnificent indoor water gardens. The tiny deer tells the scale. 

Robert’s Truly Magical Indoor Miniature Gardens

A funny thing happened the other day at the Philadelphia Flower Show. A fellow miniature gardener from the Miniature Settings Exhibit told me about this booth in the show with huge wall displays that were filled with a miniature gardens, complete with a working waterfall and creek. She was very impressed and it was something I needed to see. When I sought out the booth, I saw Robert Dekker’s nametag and immediately said, “Hey, I know you!” Can I say it’s a small world within the miniature garden world? Robert had called us a few times during his experimental stages and now I finally know what he was talking about. They were gorgeous.

Miniature Gardening at the Philly Show with Janit Calvo

The atmosphere changes as you get closer to the garden. Similar to a large active aquarium, it is serene and surreal.

Miniature Garden Plants is Our Specialty!

Robert and his son, Stephen, have spent the last few years developing and growing very impressive indoor miniature gardens – really living works of art. His background is full-sized waterscaping and you can tell that it has translated well into his miniature work. Every plant and rock is placed just so-so-perfectly in the mini landscape built inside a bookcase-type hutch adapted to hold the water reservoir and pump for not only the waterfall and creek, but a timed, self-watering system too.

Miniature Gardening at the Philly Show with Janit Calvo

I could identify a few of the plants, but not all. The  tree on the left side and almost center, are Juniper. Up on hill, on the left are Elwood Cypress and I think the stand of trees, upper right, are Boulevard Cypress. All have been trained in shape and nurtured to grow in this indoor environment.

Did you get that? The whole piece is a self-contained miniature forest for indoors. Wow. It would be absolutely perfect in a large living room, waiting room or lobby. I want one.

Miniature Gardening at the Philly Show with Janit Calvo

The understory plants are combinations of tolerant perennials and small-leaf indoor plants. Miniature brass buttons and Baby Tears mingle with Pileas and Begonias.

Miniature Gardening at the Philly Show with Janit Calvo

The garden is self contained within the hutch. There is a drawer for the reservoir and another for the timer system.

But what left the most impression on me was the serene, comforting feeling that the garden gave me when I walked into the booth. The world dropped away and I could feel the presence of nature that only a large, fish-filled aquarium could deliver. It was so peaceful, serene and, well, completely magical. Who needs a TV when you have one of these?

Note that the plants Robert has used is a mixture of indoor and outdoor plants. The ground-layer plants are a combination of Mini Brass Buttons and Baby Tears that can he has nurtured to handle the year ‘round indoor temperatures. The trees are mainly outdoor plants that he has trained to grow in this particular environment. Robert spent years of experimentation with different combinations of fluorescent and LED lighting to get to this stage. He was careful to consider the type of light that would shine into the room too.

See more photos and get in touch with Robert through his website at www.Plantaria.net. He is based in the New York / New Jersey area. If you get the chance to see these works of art in person, I would highly recommend it.

Like this? Want more miniature gardening? Join us here for your Mini Garden Gazette, a monthly newsletter from America’s Favorite Miniature Garden Center, TwoGreenThumbs.com.

Miniature Gardening at the Philly Show with Janit Calvo

This second miniature garden had Hinoki Cypress trained to look like forest trees. You can see now, without an animal, figure, or man-made item, the scale of the garden can look smaller.

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Miniature Gardening at the Philly Show with Janit Calvo

The faux rocks in the back of the mountainscape merge expertly with the real rock used for the waterfall and creek.

Miniature Gardening at the Philly Show with Janit Calvo

Baby Tear cascade out the front of the scene, welcoming visitors in to get a closer look. I wanted to stay and play.

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Miniature Gardening for the Fairies with Plow & Hearth

Fairy Gardening with Janit Calvo

Check out the lighted lamp post – cuteness! It was a fun project to build for the Plow & Hearth, North Wales store in PA. Variegated boxwood on the right, that lime-green tree that is in front or the house is a wee Wilma Cypress, or Lemon Cypress. That ivy in the front isn’t really in scale with the rest of the garden, but made a nice accent to trail down the front of the planter so it wouldn’t look so stark.

Miniature Gardening for the Fairies with Plow & Hearth

While in Philadelphia last week, I just had to give our friends from Plow & Hearth a call to see what is new and fresh this season for their miniature fairy gardening. I got more than I bargained for – I was asked to create another fairy garden for their North Wales store. So, not only did I have the chance to get up close and personal with the new items, I stayed and played for awhile and met a few fellow miniature gardeners too! Here is what happened.

Fairy Gardening with Janit Calvo

The raised planter was really fun to work with. There was enough room for two different vignettes. I designed it by placing the houses in first, then figured out where to put the trees and plants.

Fairy Gardening with Janit Calvo

The smaller houses now have smaller furniture to match. The teapot and cups are glued onto the table so you don’t have to fuss with them – or lose them. Dwarf Mondo Grass is on the left, Baby Tears to the right of it.

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Fairy Gardening with Janit Calvo

I used our Mini Patio Mix Kit for the foundation for the house – and it was big enough for a front porch area too. Place the furniture as you would in you full-sized world and don’t block the door – the fairies won’t be able to go in and out. ;o)

Fairy Gardening with Janit Calvo

Plow & Hearth have pretty new sets for the spring. The whole line is interchangeable and everything seems to match with any house or furniture set.

Fairy Gardening with Janit Calvo

That red tree is a Coprosma ‘Pina Colada.’ It’s placed in a cache-pot that I buried right into the soil to make it look like it’s a big planter for the middle of the plaza. The tree may complain about being indoors eventually, but since its in the cache-pot, I can be replaced very easily. (Some spend $10 for a bouquet of flowers that last a week, why not spend the same on a temporary plant that can last for a couple of weeks or months?)

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Fairy Gardening with Janit Calvo

Fairy crossing! The new fairy furniture sets are very sweet .

Fairy Gardening with Janit Calvo

Placed in a brightly lit spot, this garden should happily grow and weave together.

Find the planter here on Plow & Hearth’s online store.

Find their fairy garden houses and furniture here.

Find the plants that I used here.

Find more realistic accessories for miniature gardening here.

Join us for more miniature garden fun and adventures here.

Janit Calvo's Fairy Garden built for Plow & Hearth

 

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Dr. K’s Award Winning Miniature Work for the Philadelphia Flower Show

Miniature Gardening with Louise Krasniewicz

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Dr. K’s Award Winning Miniature Work for the Philadelphia Flower Show

After blogging about all the miniatures at the Philadelphia Flower Show this year, I thought you may want to see the Best of Show Miniature Setting up-close and almost personal. Louise Krasniewicz, aka Dr. K, did an outstanding job this year – wait, doesn’t she always do an outstanding job on all her miniatures? Lol!

But I’m not sure if Louise will brag as much about her work as I will – and I wanted this for my Fellow Miniature Gardeners that receive my Mini Garden Gazette for March – so here it is in its delicious detail.  Click to enlarge the photos.

If you are on a phone and looking at this, you will want to see it on a bigger screen. It’s marvelous!

Miniature Gardening with Louise Krasniewicz

See the little basket for the dog? They would lower him down to do his business.

Miniature Gardening with Louise Krasniewicz

Every architectural detail was carefully aged to look worn and weathered.

Miniature Gardening with Louise Krasniewicz

The alley. Note the gas meter on the wall on the left. Love the concrete retaining wall with the rusted fence on top.

Miniature Gardening with Louise Krasniewicz

The sculptress’ studio. We followed Louise’s progress on her Miniature Settings blog throughout the past year. It was fun to see her ups and downs, her perseverance paid off twofold.

Here is Louise’s blog – it’s all about the Miniature Settings Exhibit at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

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Miniature Gardening with Louise Krasniewicz

Louise made the antennae, the pigeons were perfect. See the hosiery & brassiere on the clothesline above the window?

Miniature Gardening with Louise Krasniewicz

Meticulous detail. Enlarge any area and you’ll discover more.

Miniature Gardening with Louise Krasniewicz

There is perfection in imperfection when it comes to miniature scenes.

Miniature Gardening with Louise Krasniewicz

Despite the limited amount of garden space in this scene, Louise still used over 40 different kinds of plants.

Miniature Gardening with Louise Krasniewicz

Can you tell that she just loves movies? Note the lighting in the window scenes too.

Miniature Gardening with Louise Krasniewicz

Paying attention to the details that are not readily seen is an important part of the realism. And it forces the viewer further into the scene, extending the enjoyment and the enchantment.

Miniature Gardening with Louise Krasniewicz

Louise nailed the detail in each window, capturing the different personalities of the tenants.

 

Miniature Gardening with Louise Krasniewicz

I recall reading on Louise’s blog how she fought the blinds a bit – but she didn’t compromise until she found what worked. I love that they are not perfectly straight.

You can see a behind the scenes view from last year’s blog here. Scroll down to the end of the blog to see behind-the-scenes of Louise’s “The Birds” display, for 2014.

Miniature Gardening with Louise Krasniewicz

Why would she leave her purse behind? If you look closer, you can see her ring…

The Ring post from Louise’s blog.

Miniature Gardening with Louise Krasniewicz

I wonder how many times Louise watched the film?

Miniature Gardening with Louise Krasniewicz

The brickwork alone is amazing!

Miniature Gardening with Louise Krasniewicz

“The most unusual and intimate journey into the human emotions ever filmed.” An Alfred Hitchcock classic.

From the movie:
Jeff
: Why would a man leave his apartment three times on a rainy night with a suitcase and come back three times?

Lisa: He likes the way his wife welcomes him home.

Miniature Gardening with Louise Krasniewicz

Congratulations Louise! You deserved it!

Miniature Gardening with Louise Krasniewicz

An amazing number of plants, over 40 different types were used in this scene.

See and follow Louise here.

Learn the difference between our gardening in miniature and these miniature settings exhibit here.

Love everything miniature garden? Then join us here, we’re going deeper… ;o)

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Miniature Gardening with Janit Calvo

 

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