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Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show #4

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. This year’s display is called ‘The Private Realm of Marie Antoinette.”

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show #4

Welcome to the fourth blog of our Northwest Flower and Garden Show series. In case you missed it, here are the first installments: #1 of the Series,  Part DeuxPart III.

Aaaaand today was the big opening day of the show and here is our display in pictures – we know you’ve been waiting for it!

We teamed up with Bruce Bailey of Heavy Petal Nursery in Moses Lake, Wa, who did the full-sized plant design and installment, as well as the painting on the backdrop.

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

A pretty blend of mulberry-reds with a variety of different greens make up the color scheme. We wanted to blend the meadow with the interior and what better way to do that is with a carpet of plants. The ferns, grasses, moss and flowers mix up the textures to make it interesting to the eye.

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Hinoki Cypress is a favorite tree for the miniature garden. This one is over 12 years old and is still a great tree for the tiny garden.

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Marie Antoinette had rivers and streams built into the landscape so she could have ducks and swans. The green stone sheets available in our online store really helped with the stone wall.

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Irish Moss (Sagina subulata) creates an instant lawn. The small bush at the front is a Parahebe that we are testing to see if it behaves this summer. The yellow grass in the river is Miniature Sweet Flag (Acorus griminess ‘Ogon’)

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

The details lure in the viewer for a closer look.

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Lil’ Hameau in HO scale. The gangly Boulevard Cypresses create the illusion of tall trees. The small details, combined with the tiny gravel, deliver the scale of the garden to the viewer. 

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Teenie tiny! The grounds close to some of the buildings were kept simple while the larger gardens surrounded the palace, like the popular Gardens of Versailles. That’s a Majestic Japanese Holly on the left that has kept its berries from last summer.

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Marie Antoinette was known for her shoes and her fashion but she enjoyed the outdoors and gardens too. She built the Hameau on the palace grounds to simulate a small farm complete with sheep and chickens so she could have a place to play with her children.

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

The Gardens of Versailles are represented by topiary shoes. The classical diamond motif is repeated on the living cushion.

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

All I need is a tiny dancer! A little pagoda cinches the scale of the tiny Pixie Dust Dwarf Alberta Spruce. That grass is Irish moss that has been starved – it’s small, yellowy and mossy – and perfect for this wee scene! 

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Must get a better picture! Here’s a close up.

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Maidenhair Ferns from Fancy Fronds Nursery are mixed with English Daisies.

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Steve layered in the back of the display to look like the outside of the Hameau. Marie Antoinette staged several of her outdoor buildings to look like an old farmhouse and barn. This would be an interesting technique to use for miniatures.

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

A lovely blend of textures and colors by Bruce.

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

That small Almond Tree on the right is just about to burst into bloom – just in time!

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Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, Part III

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.

Moving boulders around in the world’s smallest dry riverbed – it’s tough work. ;o)

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, Part III

This is the one week in the year that the Washington Convention Center turns into a garden mecca. Perfect timing for winter-weary gardeners just itching to get out and turn some soil. Today was the polish-up-your-display-day at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show that is on tomorrow through Sunday.

In continuing with this series, here are some final prep photos and a couple of sneak peeks of the final display – the big reveal is tomorrow so stay tuned!

PS – I’ll show you how we pack and move the miniature gardens at the end of the show with minimal fuss. With all the flurry and excitement, I forgot to take photos of the load-in!

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.

Little Majestic Dwarf Japanese Holly kept its berries on – thankfully! We needed some orchard-like plants for this display.

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.

There are a number of smaller Saxifraga that make great miniature bedding plants for the tiny gardens. They like sun and well-drained soil. A grower-friend puts a big rock in the planting hole and plants her Saxifrage on top of it with good results in this rain-soaked region.

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

I cut up the square brick sheets to create the stone “walls” for the wee driveway to the Hameau. Glued them to a piece of border, then painted them the same color as the gravel. The small clips really helped clamping it together until the glue dried, and standing up the piece, so it could dry after painting it. I think we found them at a dollar store.

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.

The brick sides were installed using the Mini Patio Mix Kit (includes the borders too.) The gravel was laid down right on top of the Mix and pressed in ever-so-slightly before misting. There is still loose gravel on top of the patio, but it’s not going anywhere now. We found the crushed mini-gravel at Bedrock Industries, Seattle, Wa.

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

A mix of accessories – we always bring several possibilities because you never really know how it is going to look until you get everything together and installed. Then you can swap out the accent pieces to see what looks best. Most of these accessories are either discontinued or one of a kind. 

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

SNEAK PEEK – The Private Realm of Marie Antoinette: The Meadow

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

SNEAK PEEK – The Private Realm of Marie Antoinette: A Cherub in the Daisies

Miniature Gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

SNEAK PEEK – The Private Realm of Marie Antoinette: The First Vignette.

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Valentine’s Day in the Miniature Garden

 

Valentine's Day in the Miniature Garden

Valentine’s Day in the Miniature Garden can be loaded with decor – or kept really simple with one or two accent pieces.

Valentine’s Day in the Miniature Garden

Creating miniature gardens is so much fun because you can adapt them to any Get a little crafty in the miniature garden with Two Green Thumbs!situation, any theme or any occasion. But another fun thing to do with this new-again hobby – and Valentine’s Day gives you a perfect opportunity to – is to share them. A miniature garden can easily deliver a personalized message sent straight from the heart.

If you are short on decorations, a simple accent piece can still send a huge message. A red chair, an engraved heart or ‘hugs’ rock, or this simple how-to can send sweet love to your Valentine.

Don’t have a Valentine? Then it’s a perfect excuse to treat yourself and do something YOU love!

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How to Make Valentine’s Day Decorations for Your Miniature Garden:

We found the package of foam hearts at JoAnns Fabrics (40% off!) to make these really quick decorative garden stakes that you can add to any miniature garden and get your message love across.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • One package of foam cutouts
  • Wood popsicle sticks &/or coffee sticks
  • Paint colors of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Sandpaper

Best selling Gardening in Miniature bookAAAAND the craft stores now carry all kinds of cutouts for every occasion! Paint the stakes to match the holiday color to make it look more polished. We tried writing on them with a small Sharpie marker, but it turned out a bit faded – the foam doesn’t accept the ink very well.

Be sure to take out the heart stakes after the 14th and wait for the wood to dry before storing them for next year. Like the miniature holiday decor, they should last for a long time if you don’t leave them out in the weather all year.

See our previous post of gift-giving ideas: The Most Incredible Gift of All Time. Make Quick and Affordable Gifts. A Miniature Garden for Every Budget.

More ideas from your  Miniature Garden Center:

Love Rocks

Pretty Grapevine Birdath

A Flower Forever

Cherub Birdbath

A Cherry-Red Bench

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Wordless Wednesday: Miniature Garden Houseboat

Miniature Garden and Houseboat

We made this for the Seattle Miniature Show in 2006 and it won Best of Show.

Wordless Wednesday: Miniature Garden Houseboat

This miniature garden with a houseboat won Best of Show at the Seattle Miniature Show in 2006.

If you’ve been following my blog, this series is part of the photo archives that got crunched in my old computer. The picture files are too small to be included in my upcoming book from Timber Press, but I can share them with you now!

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Cute huh? But can you figure out what is wrong with this? It’s a birdhouse, a bird feeder and a wind chime all in one. It is very sweet but if you think about it, it is just not realistic. This wouldn’t work in our full-sized gardens because the birds wouldn’t know what to do with it – if they ever get past the chimes they would probably feed, but I’m sure they wouldn’t nest. ;o)

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About two weeks after the show, the raccoons sniffed out the water and played Godzilla one night. The water flooded into the bank and soaked the plants, I had to begrudgingly take it apart to save everything. I’m glad I took a bunch of pictures though. Remember to document your miniature gardens!

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Growing Your Own World with Miniature Gardening

Miniature Garden with pond and trellis

Miniature Garden ponds are simply fun to work in to a pot or in the ground. After this shot was taken, we floated a leave on top of the surface – too cute! That’s a Blue Star Juniper on the left, the Compressa Juniper is to the right.

Growing Your Own World with Miniature Gardening

Miniature Gardening at the Sorticulture Garden Art Show

Miniature Gardening at the Sorticulture Garden Art Show.

Miniature Gardening at the Sorticulture Garden Art Show

Miniature Gardening at the Sorticulture Garden Art Show. Our annual exhibit that has become almost a tradition after 7 years.

Miniature Fairy House for the Miniature Garden

Miniature Fairy House for the Miniature Garden. That’s a wee pug sleeping on the bench.

Miniature Garden with a Miniature Gardener Tribute

Miniature Garden with a mini garden tribute: a wee chair, pots and bird on a pedestal. That’s a Jean Iseli Hinoki Cypress, with the New Zealand Brass Buttons on the left and Scottish Moss on the right. The big(ger) rosettes are Hens and Chicks.

Miniature Farm Garden with Chicken Coop and Vegetable Garden

Miniature Farm Garden with Chicken Coop and Vegetable Garden. Too much fun.

Miniature Farm Garden Tractor.

Miniature Farm Garden Tractor. The bumper sticker says, “Eat Dirt.” Customized by our Steve Calvo here at our studios.

Miniature Farm Garden with real miniature tomatoes called 'Tom Thumb'

Miniature Farm Garden with real miniature tomatoes called ‘Tom Thumb.’ The other vegetables are single Hen and Chicks lined up to look like cabbages. We’ll see how it grows together once we get it back from the show.

Miniature Farm Garden bird's eye view.

The blue tree in the upper left corner is a Squarrosa Intermedia Sawara Cypress that has been trained to look like a miniature orchard tree.

Miniature Garden in a trug - you can take it with you!

Miniature Garden in a trug is just too sweet of a combination! That lovely shrub on the left behind the bench is a Cis Korean Fir, the vine on the right is Pixie Clematis.

Miniature Garden with Fairy Bed

Miniature fairy beds are fun to decorate how you like. We used sheet moss for the mattress and reindeer moss for the pillows. That’s an artificial garland twirled up the canopy of the bed.

Fun with tiny miniature garden pots

Fun with tiny miniature garden pots. My friend and colleague, Christina Salwitz of the popular Personal Garden Coach blog has been influencing my containers as of late – including my miniature ones! (She’s linked below.)

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New Miniature Garden Plants & Accessories for the New Hobby

Miniature Garden Pond

The new medium-sized pear shaped pond snuggled into the pot quickly and easily. Surround it with a few “boulders” to make it blend in.

Mini Garden News: New Plants, New Accessories for the New Hobby

Whew! There is nothing like a book deal to throw a wrench in your work week. I really hate when that happens! Lol!

Yeah, ya caught me – I didn’t have time to blog for weeks now and I do feel bad about it. Blog ideas have been piling up in my brain though so know that I have thought about you! We got a ton of stuff done, Steve and I, but to have a quiet moment to write a short blog? Whassatabout?

So, in an effort to make up for it, I have added some more brand-new-never-existed-before-ever miniature garden accessories, re-stocked a bunch of old favorite miniature and dwarf trees and shrubs in our store.

Miniature Garden Lagoon

I think I need a monkey for this Miniature Garden Lagoon.


Miniature Garden Pond

The new small-sized Miniature Garden Pond.

Pond-Up

Brand spankin’ new Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Ponds are modeled after the real thing. The ponds were designed by me (Janit) are made for the living miniature garden, but they can work for the dollhouse garden too. They come in three different sizes and can work with all different miniature scales.

The shapes are very fun to work with: a small kidney shape, the medium size is a pear-shape and the large one, pictured above in the tropical garden, we call the lagoon. Made of resin, the ponds are weatherproof, can hold water and install quickly and easily. The realism and detail are nicely done – a simple solution that looks great in any miniature garden situation.

Tansu Japanese Cedar

The Tansu Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica ‘Tansu’) is a favorite for the miniature garden with its delicate looking foliage and irregular shape. Perfect for a sunny spot with evenly damp soil.

Plant Favorites

Butter Ball Hinoki Cypress

The lacy, colorful foliage of the Butter Ball Hinoki Cypress.

There’s a ton of information out there these days, so you might want to rely on the tried and true to start your journey into the garden. We are restocked with a few of our trusted favorites – you’ll find something in there for all types of miniature gardens. The Blue Pygmy Juniper is terrific for sun and loves sharp draining soil, the Horsford Canada Hemlock is real cutie for tiny, shaded gardens with the cutest little trunk in the nursery. The Variegated Boxwood is perfect for indoors. You’ll find slow-growing dwarf Hinokis, Japanese Holly and dwarf Arborvitaes too.

Miniature Garden Rose Trellis

Miniature Garden Rose Trellis, design by Janit for the living miniature garden.


Miniature Garden Bean Pole

The Miniature Garden Bean Pole looks great with or without plants on it.

More New Designs

I love it when a plan comes together. Check out the new Rose Trellis and Bean Pole, the latest addition to the Two Green Thumbs line. Designed by me and are specifically made for the living miniature garden. Sturdy metal painted copper can be seen against the greens of the plants.

Ponds, horses, tiny trees and bean poles. Where else are you going to get this kind of news? ;o)

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Miniature Gardening with Sticks and Stones

Miniature Garden Cedar Trellis with Dolphin Fountain

Miniature Garden Cedar Trellis with Dolphin Fountain, the water is resin.

Miniature Gardening with Sticks and Stones

“The only limit is your imagination.” – Einstein

Here’s a wordless Wednesday blog on some of the authentic miniature garden accessories that we’ve unearthed here at Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Studio this season. We are tickled to introduce real miniature cedar trellises and real miniature engraved garden stones, both are made here in the US of A. And there is a special tribute to Mom and Dad at the end. Happy Wednesday!

Miniature Garden Trellis with Hat

Miniature Garden Trellis with Hat

Miniature Cedar Treillis with Wall Pot

Miniature Cedar Trellis with Wall Pot planted with Sedum cuttings.

Miniature Cedar Treillis

Miniature Cedar Trellis will weather nicely.

Miniature Love Forever

Miniature Love Forever!

Miniature Engraved Garden Stones

Miniature Engraved Garden Stones are engraved in Georgia.

Miniature Garden "Hugs" Rock

Permanent Little Hugs...

Handmade Twig Trugs from Whitbey Island

Handmade Twig Trugs from Whidbey Island, there are two sizes available and they last for years planted up, surprisingly. We tested one out for the last five years and the bottom is still intact, without rot. Placing it up on "feet" helps too.

Mom with Baby on a pedestal. Where all Moms should be.

Mom with Baby on a pedestal. Where all Moms should be. Special order only for now.

Miniature Garden Art: Good Dads are too few and should be on a pedestal too.

Miniature Garden Art: Good Dads are too few and should be on a pedestal too.

Mom and Dad on Pedestal are special orders for now. Email me at Janit@TwoGreenThumbs.com

See the rest of the new items up in the store here. Clicking on the pictures should take you to the listing.

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