Father’s Day in the Miniature Garden

Father's Day in the Miniature Garden

“Manly, yes, but I like it too.” So went the 1980s Irish Spring soap commercial. Thankfully, miniature gardens can be created for anyone and by anyone – including Dad.

Father’s Day in the Miniature Garden

Miniature gardening is becoming an increasingly valuable skill to have especially during those times when you can’t figure out what kind of gift to give to that hard-to-shop-for person in your life. It was always a challenge to figure out what to get my Dad for any occasion. It usually fell back on the basics: a box of Turtles chocolates, or maybe a box of Laura Secord chocolates or, when I was older, a bottle of Grand Marnier – and/or a box of Laura Secord or Turtle chocolates. Lol!

Father's Day in the Miniature Garden

Tompa Dwarf Spruce tree on the right with Ajuga and white thyme. Made around 2004-ish. This one we kept – and it’s still in the same pot today. The spruce is doing very well, the ajuga eventually squeezed out the white thyme over the years. The miniature bricks are wonderful and still intact.

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Father's Day in the Miniature Garden

This miniature garden was created for the indoors. Variegated boxwoods, dwarf mondo grass, corsican mint (we use baby tears now – it’s more reliable) and a couple of airplants, or Tillsandias, in the miniature urns. When Mom and daughter came to pick it up, the little girl added some squirrels and a bunny. She was sooooo excited to give it to her Dad, it was too cute.

Father's Day in the Miniature Garden

Give your Dad his very own private vacation. The upright Compressa Juniper, with the ever-faithful-and-so-easy-to-grow Mother Lode Juniper combined with small-leafed sedums create a perfect mini get-away for a full-sun spot.

What about my Dad, you ask? He’s the man behind my love of books, my work ethic, my eye for quality, my love of [almost] anything antique, my affinity for old houses and, most importantly, my love of gardening. Thanks, Dad! Happy Father’s Day!

And as they say in Trinidad, “Goat don’t make sheep.” My Dad is into spreading the joy of hobbies too. His publishing company’s website is here. ;o)

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Father's Day in the Miniature Garden

This garden is part of our Year in the Miniature Garden Series where we are keeping the same garden, and dressing it up for different occasions where we can. Happy Father’s Day!

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  1. Elena said

    OK, I think this idea is great, but let’s see: you send a promo piece to every arboretum and botanic garden there is and encourage them to set aside space for a miniature fairy garden with some nice little premium offer attached; tell them to make it available to top donor’s kids and guests only (because, as a volunteer at a local public garden, I know the general public would “trash” it in no time…and maintenance is the bane of every garden, as you know) and that the children of these most generous donors and/or foundation members should have access to a little trove of accessories to add to and play around with the fairy garden… you’d have a wonderful new set of clients world wide! And our arboretum visitors would have one more reason to give generously to the upkeep of these beautiful spaces. Brilliant? I think so!


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  3. aaron said

    Aww that’s nice I would love to start a mini garden but you only deliver to U.S.A


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  7. […] Spruce shown in the photograph above, as it looks today. It was planted around 2004, here it is in 2007, 2010, 2011, 2014. (The garden is 12 years old, with one unnecessary repot, the tree is about 3 […]


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