This is becoming an annual tradition, it's our 9th year of doing a miniature garden display on the skybridge at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, Seattle, Wa. Here's a tour of our display:
How sweet she is! I started with an Amy Brown Fairy and glued, painted, glued, drilled, painted and glued things on her to make her stand out in the display - since she was to be the only fairy in the scene. I stole the swing off of another piece, glued the driftwood and moss onto to it. We hung it with fishing line so it would appear suspended. The gem sits there and sparkles like a holiday.
Found and broken object were "melded" onto the pots and used as miniature garden accessories helped to create the fantasy. It was fun to create with such careless abandon. I recommend it.
This Zmatlik Arborvitae is roughly 10 years old. A great forest-y looking tree for full sun that's great for in-ground or in a pot. It turns a brilliant amber color in the cold months.
Branches, air plants, and bits of miniature jetsam were tucked in the moss bed, then sprinkled with glitter that twinkled as you walked by it. This pot is 12" wide.
A "concrete" pond sets the stage, the Jervis Canada Hemlock creates an aged look and the colorful beads add interest. That leafy plant around the pond I believe is a type of Soldanelle.
The Cotoneaster came pre-trained for an easy bonsai look. We've had this one for about 4 years now. That's a 1/2" scale or medium sized bench. The pot is about 10" wide.
A young Daphne has the look of a perfect shrub in miniature. I didn't have the heart to limb it up a bit to show some trunk, it was just beginning to bud. That's a tiny angel fairy on the pedestal.
I was fun to create the pot and the miniature garden together for a more complete idea. By decorating the pots, it cinched the surreal, fantasy look. That is a Jean Iseli Hinoki Cypress that we've had for a few years, it's becoming a majestic tree in miniature.
A young couple sought me out at our booth to say, "We are very impressed with your creativity, it was the best display and most creative at the show. We had to come over and tell you that. Thank you for sharing." It was the best compliment ever. Honestly. I should have taken their contact info... it's that kind of encouragement that keeps me going.
We wanted the look of a forest floor. Our backdrop changed dramatically over the weeks leading up to the show. I'm happy with the simple colors, the attention went to the plants and pots where it should be. The colors weren't exactly idea for photography though..
Tiny details were fun to tuck here and there throughout the display. Another person had to stop me and say, "Every time I walk by your garden, I see something different!"
A mini miniature garden. The patio stones are locked in with our Mini Patio Mix Kit, now available at a local garden center near you! The gazing ball is 1 5/8" tall. Look for the new 2012 colors up in the online store next week.
Most of our plants are true miniature and dwarf plants with the occasional exception. These baby Monteray Cypress are a little faster growing than we normally prefer, but the color, and the fact that they can be grown indoors, outweigh the growth rate. They smell great too ~ you may know them as Lemon Cypress.
We nurtured these young Monteray Cypresses just for the show, watering them with Moo Poo Tea from Authentic Haven Brand Soil Conditioning Teas to get them looking their best.
We customized just about every accessory that went into the display. With our passion trending these days, it's our way of staying ahead of the curve. You can find our One-of-a-Kind and customize miniature garden accessories in our Etsy store.
Fireflies in a jar adds a bit of magic...
The fairy bed is a made-in-china copy for mass-market by a local manufacturer.
The fairy magic is in the details when it comes to miniature gardening.
NWFGS 2012 - Miniature Fairy Garden Display was a great success. Again, we did something completely different than anyone else at the show and if we made people laugh, smile and dream, our job is complete.
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