Miniature Gardening: Good Things Come in Small Packages
Oh dear. It’s that time of year again.
The pressure is on to do the impossible this holiday season. You need to shop for a unique gift for that special someone. It’s got to be personable. It’s got to be heart-felt. And it has to be really, really gooooood.
What can you do that is special that won’t cost an arm and a leg?
Did you know that you can make a one-of-a-kind gift quickly, easily, inexpensively and have fun doing it too? Did you know that you can even get the kids to make it with you if you want? Instead of spending money, why not spend a little time instead?
Miniature gardening is a very adaptable idea. You can create a little garden vignette that is only four inches wide for a quick thank you gift or hostess gift. Or you can make a centerpiece for the holiday table or a bigger pot to welcome your guest by the front door.
Mini gardening is an idea can suit any personality. With a few chosen plants and miniature accessories you can recreate a memory from childhood or from a family trip.
Here are some ideas for miniature gardens with “personality:”
For the “Foodie”
Choose a pot big enough for a patio and a garden bed, at least 12” across. Plant half of the pot with the mini garden by layering ‘big’ trees with small-leafed ground covers on one side, and build in a miniature patio in the other half. With our exclusive Mini Patio Mix, you can customize a rigid, durable patio right in the container – it’s doesn’t take long to do at all. See our Complete Indoor/Outdoor Miniature Garden Kit to give you a jump start. Furnish the patio with a table and chair set, some drinks and food, place a couple of mini planters with sedum cuttings in them to make it cozy. Dinner is served…
For the Golfer
This one is very fun. Use Irish Moss (Sagina subulata) for the grass. The pot can be as small as 4” or as large as 8” or more. Make a flag with a skewer, glue and fabric – coat the glue on a small swatch of white cotton fabric with the glue and dry it flat on a piece wax paper. When dry, cut out the triangle and wrap the base of the triangle around the to end of the skewer. Place the flag on top of the mound of moss. Watch for smiles. Fore!
For the one that hates winter!
Find small, indoor plant starts at your local nursery. Think young palms, small leafy succulents or young Aloe Vera for a grassy look. They can be planted in pots 8” wide or 24” wide, depending upon how much time you have. Find the miniature water features in our online store for a “water feature.” Use our stone sheets for a quick and easy mini patio. Pick up a couple of little monkeys and lizards at your local toy store or Michael’s crafts. Get an air freshener for the room that smells like the sea. Feel that tropical breeze yet?
With a little bit of time, a few small touches – literally – you can really make a personalized gift that enchants for months or years. It’s a great way to connect and stay connected. Don’t have any time at all? Why not get a miniature garden session together for your loved ones to do all at once over the holidays? You’ll be creating a memory and a bonding experience and you can stay connected through your miniature gardens too.
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