Miniature Fairy Gardens at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

NWFGS 2012 - Miniature Fairy Garden Display

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:


NWFGS 2012 - Miniature Fairy Garden 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.


NWFGS 2012 - Miniature Fairy Garden Display

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.


NWFGS 2012 - Miniature Fairy Garden Display

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.


NWFGS 2012 - Miniature Fairy Garden Display

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.


NWFGS 2012 - Miniature Fairy Garden Display

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.


NWFGS 2012 - Miniature Fairy Garden Display

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.


NWFGS 2012 - Miniature Fairy Garden Display

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.


NWFGS 2012 - Miniature Fairy Garden Display

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.


NWFGS 2012 - Miniature Fairy Garden Display

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.


NWFGS 2012 - Miniature Fairy Garden Display

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..


NWFGS 2012 - Miniature Fairy Garden Display

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!"


NWFGS 2012 - Miniature Fairy Garden Display

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.


NWFGS 2012 - Miniature Fairy Garden Display

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.


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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.


NWFGS 2012 - Miniature Fairy Garden Display

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.


NWFGS 2012 - Miniature Fairy Garden Display

Fireflies in a jar adds a bit of magic...


NWFGS 2012 - Miniature Fairy Garden Display

The fairy bed is a made-in-china copy for mass-market by a local manufacturer.


NWFGS 2012 - Miniature Fairy Garden Display

The fairy magic is in the details when it comes to miniature gardening.


NWFGS 2012 - Miniature Fairy Garden Display

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.

Find the plants and accessories mentioned here, or to visit our online store, the world’s only store solely dedicated to the art and craft of miniature gardening go here.

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17 Comments »

  1. Absolutely gorgeous gardens, would luv to be able to attend a show like that, just beautiful!

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  2. andrew said

    Janit,

    This was the best display in the show. All of the tiny details really drew me in and kept me captivated. I loved the miniature within miniature feel that you created. It was like walking into a another world.

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  3. Roberta P. said

    You are so the artist! And the miniature gardens are your canvas!!
    So gifted and talented!! If I would have been lucky enough to attend the
    show I would have had to ‘pry’ myself away from your booth!!
    I have always loved miniatures and gardening included and I am so very
    happy to see that it is getting the recognition it so well deserves!!

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  4. Congratulations – looks great, Janit!

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing some pictures. Had I been in town I would have been there to see it in person. You are so talented!

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  6. Sam said

    Love it!

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  8. angie said

    Beautiful display Janit.

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  9. My kids and I loved this display at the show. We spent a lot of time searching for all the treasures tucked away. The kids both bought a small item at the booth later to bring home. The next day my son made a little gnome house for his miniature gnome. He found some scrap lumber in the shop, fit it together, got help from dad to hammer in some nails, and decorated it with moss and leaves. He made some tiny pots out of leaves for his gnome to use. He put it in his section of the garden that he lovingly tends. I have a feeling we’ll be visiting your store this spring to bring home some new treasures. 🙂

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    • Hi Jennifer! Thanks for your kind words and great to “meet” you. We do not have a brick and mortar store. We are only online at this time at http://www.shop.TwoGreenThumbs.com or http://Etsy.com/shop/Janit. Choose parcel post and it will get to you within a day or two. If you would like to join our mailing list, we can notify you of and open houses, sales or parties happening as we start to branch out after the book has gone to press. Pardon the pun. – J.

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  10. Erin said

    I am so happy to have found your website and blog. You’re a great inspiration to those of us just discovering this wonderful artistry. I look forward to learning a lot from you. Your work is absolutely stunning to behold.

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  11. […] Online inspiration: Miniature Garden Center, the Mini Garden Guru […]

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  12. parham said

    I am so happy to have found your website . You’re a great inspiration to those of us just discovering this wonderful artistry. I look forward to learning a lot from you.

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  13. Swati. said

    Hi Janit, I have subscribed to your e-newsletter for a while now. It’s something I wait for eagerly. This fairy garden is so magical – yes, pun intended! We have just moved to Africa. It will be a challenge to try and implement all your ideas now that we finally have space for gardening. The real challenge will be with the accessories! I love your metal craft garden furniture. Is there anyone who manufactures these in Asia or Africa? India, Indonesia, Singapore, South Africa, Kenya? Any country in this part of the world??

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    • Hi Swati, I don’t know of anyone in that part of the world – but I do get a lot of queries from other people in those countries looking for the same. There is certainly a need! We have shipped to South Africa safely a few times. If you’d like to email me a sample order, I can let you know the cost of shipping to give you an idea. Info@TwoGreenThumbs.com

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  14. joann said

    the magical flower garden is so beautiful. this gives us an idea about our project in ecology. thank you and more power…..

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  15. […] We’ve set up displays at the two top garden shows here in the Seattle area for over 10 years. This was a display at the NWFGS in 2012 and called the best display at the show by the Associate Editor of Timber Press, Andrew Beckman. (You can see his comment here.) […]

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