16 Ways to Enjoy America’s Favorite Miniature Garden Center
As the milestones click by more quickly nowadays, I need to stop and appreciate all the different things we have been doing to share and spread the joy of miniature gardening. Like a big tree with deep roots and multiple branches, Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center has grown slowly to be quite big for such a little idea that started in your Grandma’s backyard. Here is a list of the many ways you can connect with us to learn, grow and share your miniature or fairy gardening with everyone you know too. If you don’t know how fun it is to introduce the idea to someone who’s never heard of it, try it, I guarantee you will make their day.
The Popular Two Green Thumbs [dot] com Website
Our handmade website is always growing slowly. It is filled with pages with answers to frequently-asked-questions, galleries of miniature gardens made by you and me, an about page to find out about this long, strange trip we’ve been on, and a portfolio page that – okay wait, that page needs updating. Lol! Can you tell that Yours Truly maintains the site? The website was created in 2004 as my customers started asking for the information on plants, parts and pieces that make up a miniature garden. It’s the lil’ website that could, visit it here.
The Mini Garden Guru Blog
My blogging career started with writing a garden column for the West Seattle Herald around 2008. After a few months of trying to figure out different ways to work the miniature garden topic into a full-size garden column, I decided I needed to focus on one or the other, the writing for newspapers or the miniature garden movement.
The Mini Garden Guru blog was created as a way to get my findings and discoveries out for all to see, to make it easier to enjoy this hobby. Now you can spend less time avoiding mistakes that I made. I’ve been blogging almost once a week, since 2009, with one guest post only, blogging entirely about miniature gardening and Two Green Thumbs. We have well-over 1,000,000 views on this blog now.
Your Miniature Garden Center Store
What first started as an eBay store, has now become America’s Favorite Miniature Garden Center. I got my start selling on eBay before I opened own online store in 2004. After a ton of research, I configured the best way to ship the plants safely all year long and well, the rest is garden history. A lot of the customers that found us on eBay are still with us today, and many have become friends.
It’s been interesting watching our inventory evolve, as with everything, the cream rises to the top with both the accessories and the plants. Mind you, some of the miniatures that I just adored selling have been discontinued as the change in manufacturing in China has quadrupled a lot of the prices of the accessories, and have priced more of the ornate items out of the market. But we are now able to offer – and are always looking to do more – accessories that are made in the USA. We enjoy providing high-quality, durable and sustainable miniature garden accessories that are true to the realism and to scale for both miniature and fairy gardening.
Our high quality, hardy, easy-to-grow, true miniature trees, shrubs, and plant varieties have expanded quite nicely over the years. We’ve created a reliable mix of inventory that has something for everyone and for almost everyplace with light, that is. (We still don’t have plants for dark corners in the hallway.) Put this extensive inventory, together with the knowledge of how they grow over many years a miniature garden, has launched us far ahead of crowd. Visit American’s Favorite Garden Center here.
Miniature Garden Society
With the sudden increase of miniature and fairy gardeners and garden shops, it was time to stand apart from the rest and create a safe place to grow and create. The Miniature Garden Society is still a work in progress, the website it still being assembled, but the ideas are about to start to flow and grow. Creativity breeds creativity. Join us here to find out more.
The Mini Garden Gazette
We collected names and email address for over a decade from interested people at the weekly, local antique and craft markets and garden shows in and outside Seattle, Wa. when we first started in 2001. Holding down a tent at the Fremont Market and Edmonds Farmers Market put us in front of countless tourists and gardeners. This allowed us to develop an extensive email list that sent the idea around the world. The Mini Garden Gazette started in 2004 as way to promote the website and online store but, nowadays, we advise and inspire fellow miniature gardeners each month. It’s still free and hope it will always be. Join us here.
Janit’s Handmade on Etsy
Our handmade, crafty Etsy store opened in 2008 as a venue for my weird and wonderful miniature garden accessories and materials that were one-of-a-kind, a fun kit or set, and our most popular miniature garden supplies. We have sold a lot of very fun items so far, and look forward to us keeping it weird and wonderful. Visit Janit’s Etsy store here.
Facebooking for you!
Our fellow miniature gardeners on Facebook have collected hundred of photos of miniature gardens from around the world on our Two Green Thumbs’ page since 2009. Click into the photo albums and check out the past contests on the Event page for more. Feel free to ‘like’ us and leave a comment, post a photo or, better yet, enter our Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest that is going on right now – see the details here. Almost 8,600 likes as of today, March 26, 2015! See more here.
A Mini Pinterest Garden
Yet another way to collect inspiration and ideas for your miniature gardening pleasure! We add a little something each and every day. While we don’t rank even close to the top pinners with an incredible dedication to this site, we do have separate boards on miniature garden plants, diy crafts, miniatures, fairy gardens, and, of course, miniature gardens. Oh and you don’t have to be a ‘pinner’ to enjoy Pinterest. See them here.
Miniature Garden Merchandize on Zazzle
Now you can wear your hobby! See our new t-shirts up in our Zazzle store. We’ve got mugs, greeting cards, sweatshirts, smart phone covers and more. Don’t see your favorite Two Green Thumbs’ photo for your idea? Let us know and we can get it up there for you! Visit the Miniature Garden Zazzle store here.
More on Social Media
Flickr: Flick through our Flickr album if you haven’t already. I try to put only the cream up there, but some antics get posted at times from my other accounts. See it here.
Tweet: Follow us and our random acts of tweeting out miniature garden love! See it here and here
Instagram: Okay, sometimes I show my real sense of humor here, but sometimes I send out snapshots of our life at Two Green Thumbs. See it here.
Google+: Meet me through my personal page, the community page or the store’s page. (Honestly, I didn’t make the last one, Google did.) See it here.
We Wrote The Book On It
Aaaaand our bestselling book on the hobby because it is the best in the hobby, created by the best garden publisher in the industry, Timber Press. Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World has it’s own website too, right here and here is Timber’s page.
Oh, and There’s Another Book in the Works…
We are tickled pink to be working with Timber Press on another book. I can’t tell you what it is on but I bet you can guess the topic: miniature gardening. How did you know?!? This one is going to be super-fun and deliciously creative. Stay tuned through our email list, you can sign up for the Mini Garden Gazette at the same time.
Whew! I think I need a nap. And I think I missed something. Lol!
Whatever you do, make it fun Happy Spring! – Janit & Steve.