An Open Letter for Miniature Gardeners and Fairy Gardeners: A Heart to Heart

Janit & Steve Calvo with their 1/6 scale miniature garden

This is Steve and I in front of our 1/6 scale (GI Joe/Barbie size) miniature garden that we created last summer (2015.) Steve loves this scale because his hands are too big for the smaller sizes. Me? I’m a sucker for anything miniature! Lol!

An Open Letter for Miniature Gardeners & Fairy Gardeners: A Heart to Heart

UPDATED: A new year always brings reflection and renewal. After much thought, discussion and building a Barbie sized miniature garden, Steve and I have decided to make some changes to how we connect with you, our dear and fellow miniature gardeners.

We would like to introduce the new Miniature Garden Society, it will be a private and safe website and club where everyone can go to connect, grow and create.

Our main reason for this change is to grow our passion, share more ways to create and to have fun. As an original content creator, I enjoy coming up with new and unusual ideas around our passion of gardening in miniature. I love fitting a bit of whimsy into my everyday life to brighten my day, lift my spirits and make myself giggle.

For the last 18 years, we have been casting a wide net and promoting the idea of miniature gardening throughout the world so everyone is aware that it exists – a mission that is now almost accomplished – so it’s time to dig in and grow the hobby itself.

From the feedback and questions from the first book that we’ve been receiving over the last year I know you want

Everything miniature garden will be included!

I’ve collected information, photos, insight, how-tos and much, much more over the years that I need to get to you, our fellow Miniature Gardeners! The Miniature Garden Society is perfect for fairy gardening too, one of the bonuses is all about fairy gardening.

to go deeper into miniature gardening too. So, how much info and how many ideas have I collected? If you’re familiar with the Gardening in Miniature book (250 pages,) I have about twice as much material and I can easily fill two more books. I’m very eager to share it all with you but have grown tired of the people that ruthlessly rob and scrape my ideas to get them made in China. I’d rather share them directly with you, our customer and fellow miniature gardener. 

Our online stores are very fun and we are still going to keep them open. We’ve met thousands of great people through them, and we wouldn’t be here without our fellow miniature gardeners. But now that the hobby has made into the mainstream, we’re finding that we can’t grow as much as we would like if we only did the online retailing.

By forming this community, you can have more direct contact with us, and we with you, and we both will have a safe place to do it where others can benefit from the ideas and answers as well. Forums, chats, photo albums, databases, libraries, and much more, will all be there to share and learn from one another. All we need is a beginning and this is it.

Join us! Early-Bird Special Sign-ups is on now!

It’s a place to put all our information so you can access it
easily, whenever you need to.
Join us for the Miniature Garden Society here.

Everything miniature garden will be included!

The Miniature Garden Society member-only website will be a place to put all the miniature plant details and growing info too.

If you are new to the email list, you can find out just how creative we’ve been with this new hobby by scrolling through our Mini Garden Guru blog, checking out or main website, or looking us up on Facebook. 

Since 2008, we’ve be publishing almost-weekly blogs highlighting fun and different ways to enjoy this new hobby, sharing first-hand experience growing the right kind of plants, what accessories work well, why they work and much, much more.

If you are familiar with our work here at Two Green Thumbs, then you’ll know just how creative we can be with our sustainable and fun ideas – and the ideas never seem to stop either. 

So please join us! For way more information and to find out what is inside this special website, please visit the Miniature Garden Society.


Our new logo for the Miniature Garden Society

Our new logo for the Miniature Garden Society

There's a little garden in all of us.

Miniature Gardening with Janit Calvo



  1. Marylee said

    I’m in!! Thanks for all you do! Do you have any way of recommending what plants to buy in Hawaii since you don’t ship there? I spend several months a year there and want to create some gardens.


    • Hi Marylee! Thank you for joining us and you are more than welcome. Here is a blog post I did for international miniature gardeners describing the different kinds of plants we like to use in our miniature gardens: – You can also look through the plants in our store to get more ideas of what to look for/ ask for in Hawaii.

      And we can ship you the accessories and patio materials if you can’t find any – it doesn’t cost a lot to ship there either. :o)


      • Marylee said

        Thanks for the article – perfect! While we were on Kauai for the holidays I picked up an “Italian Pine” for our Christmas tree. It was in a 4″ pot in the grocery store all set for Christmas. It said it only grows to 5ft. I thought it might be a nice tree to experiment with. I left it with a friend to see if she could keep it alive until we go back in April. We were talking about putting it in our new Japanese garden there but definitely the needle texture would be the right size.

        I can’t wait until I retire so I can play more with miniature gardens. I started and ran a container gardening business here in Tucson for 15 years and then in 2012 sold the company. Now I am working with small business owners to realize how the growth of their business can provide them for their long term future. I also still do desert container garden consulting and education, blogs, etc. I am working on a business blog now that will carry me into retirement!

        I am sure this is TMI but I just felt like sharing! Thanks for your immediate response to my comment. 🙂


  2. […] I have mentioned before, when I submitted my first manuscript to Timber Press, about half of the content that I had collected for the Gardening in Miniature book was not included. This was one of the many reasons for starting the Society website, to have a place to put it out there for you. Well it has happened again, when the writing the second manuscript that I just passed to Timber a couple weeks ago, I seemed to have generated twice as much content than what was needed. Now, I am SO looking forward to posting all my new ideas for you to see in this new members-only website! […]


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