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Happy Anniversary, Miniature Gardening!!

Happy Anniversary, Miniature Gardening!

Happy Anniversary, Miniature Gardening!

Happy Anniversary, Miniature Gardening!!

14 years!

The only job that I held on to for longer is when I worked for my dad – and most of that was not voluntary. Lol!

I’ve rambled on before about all the joys of miniature gardening but the hobby’s “long legs” are the true testament of a really good idea. (Having long legs means the idea will continue for a long time because it’s so rich and deep. ;o) The other true testament of this great hobby is that I’m still interested in gardening in miniature – after 14 years!! 14 years!! ;o)

Miniature, Photo by KateBaldwin

Photo by Kate Baldwin for our Gardening in Miniature book by Timber Press. We now have all the plants you for this project in stock this month!

✿ •*¨`*•. So, Lets Celebrate! .•*¨`*•. ✿

First, new plants and accessories are now in stock.

Mini - miniature garden plants! A Set of 3 different Lawson Cypress.

A tiny set of 3 dwarf Lawson Cypress are now in stock!

See our new set of tiny Lawson false cypress that can be grown indoors in a cool spot or hardened-off and grown outdoors too (Zones 5-9.) Just be sure to acclimatize them either way. (More info on that in the listings!) If you are growing these outdoors, pamper the tiny ones for the first couple of winters because they are so young. The cypresses are actually so small that we can only sell them in a set of three so we can ship them safely. How is that for miniature plants?

And we found some more Ellwood’s Blue False Cypress AND we found some Sugar Vines too! Yippee! NOW YOU can recreate the project in our Gardening in Miniature book shown above on page 174, where we’ve paired it with a young English Boxwood, Sugar Vine (New!) and Baby Tears on the bottom layer. Find the Mini Patio Mix Kit here and you can add a stone sheet for an easy-peasy custom patio that will not wash away when you water it. The green hanging pot is here and the ivory bench is here.

See our indoor plant section here.

Sugar, sugar... It's a sweet and easy vine to grow indoors. Maybe that's why they called it a Sugar vine. ;o)

Sugar, sugar, you are my candy girl… It’s a sweet and easy vine to grow indoors. Maybe that’s why they called it a Sugar vine? ;o)

✿ •*¨`*•. Okay, what else? .•*¨`*•. ✿

We are offering all our Mini Garden Gazette subscribers a SALE!! Yes, you must be a subscriber so click here to subscribe! The sale will last through the end of November so if you see this mid-week and sign-up, you’ll get your discount code in the Gazette on Friday.

ALSO get a FREE gift for any purchase over $30 for the month of November by typing this phrase in the comment box when checking out of the online store: “Happy Anniversary Two Green Thumbs!” Simple, huh? The free gift will match your purchase in scale – which is why we can’t tell you what it is. We’re picky like that and don’t want to give you something you can’t use.

And lastly, have you got your copy of our Gardening in Miniature book yet? It’s the best book on the hobby – hands down. AND we will ship it FREE (!!!) to anywhere in the lower 48 States and Alaska! Get your copy today right here.

✿ •*¨`*•. Help Us Share the Joy .•*¨`*•. ✿

We’ve enjoyed sharing the joy of miniature gardening throughout the years and we have a ton of information that we have shared on our website, here on our blog, and through our Mini Garden Gazette. May we please ask you, if you have enjoyed or used our information for your miniature gardening, to consider making your next purchase from TwoGreenThumbs.com to keep this information free and accessible for everybody? We thank you in advance! Please visit our store here.

To sign up on our email list to get your weekly Mini Garden Gazette, go here.

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Our Gardening in Miniature Book ships FREE this month ONLY during our Anniversary celebration. (For US only.)

Our Gardening in Miniature Book ships FREE this month ONLY during our Anniversary celebration. (For US only.)

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Winter Garden Tips for Gardening in Miniature!

Snowy Miniature Garden

Brrr! Our miniature plants and trees do far better in the snow and freezing weather than I do! This was from the 2 week-winter that crippled Seattle for almost 2 weeks in 2008.

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Winter Garden Tips for Gardening in Miniature!

Here is a quick round-up of winterizing garden tips for your in-ground miniature gardens and your contained mini gardens in pots – for fairy gardening and railroad gardening too. YouGet Crafty with Two Green Thumbs! may find this a bit early, but it will give you plenty of time to prepare for winter in your area. I’ve included several gift ideas too – it’s never to early to start creating a miniature garden for the hard-to-shop for person on your holiday list. Let us know if you have any questions or any additional tips in the comments below!

Ideas on how to adapt and adjust to the new winter weather in the miniature garden.  Container vs. in-ground gardening, choosing the right plants and perhaps a way to change your thinking about plants in order to do what you want.

Preparing for winter in the miniature garden – how to work with the seasons, links to more: winterizing your in-ground or your container gardens and how to keep miniature gardening throughout the winter.

Thinking of trying artificial snow? Read this before you do: Miniature Garden Lesson.

Make your gifts this year and practice your favorite hobby at the same time: The All Time Most Thoughtful and Incredible Creative Gifts of All Time!

What to dig deeper into gardening in miniature? Join us here!

Lights for the miniature garden or fairy garden are water resistant and have a timer too!

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MORE Entries for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest!

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Anagha’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

The Entries for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

Whew! We received a total of 63 entries for this year’s Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest from all over the world. Many miniature gardeners submitted more than one photo – but only one photo per category was allowed – so we had the contestant choose which photo to enter the contest. There were so many great photos, we just had to share them all.

Countries in the contest this year: UK, New Zealand, India, Philippines, Germany and the USA.

Here are the eligible entries and winning miniature gardens.

And it happened on our Facebook page here. Click through to the event page to see more photos of the gardens, or go straight to it here.

And here are the rest of the entries in no particular order. I tried to be as thorough as possible so if I missed your photo, please let me know and I’ll fix it. See them all on Pinterest here to like and re-pin the ideas to your own boards.

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Silke’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Nirmala’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Lynnie’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Vydhehi’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Silke’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Lynnie’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Nirmala’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Silke’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

Best selling Gardening in Miniature book

Click the picture to get your autographed copy from our online store.

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Urmee’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Vydhehi’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Lynnie’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Nirmala’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

Your Miniature Garden Center

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Vydhehi’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Nirmala’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Silke’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

Unique and unusual miniature garden accessories, kits, plants and more.

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Vydhehi’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Lynnie’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Nirmala’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Silke’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Lynnie’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Nirmala’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest.

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Lynnie’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Lynnie’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Lynnie’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Lynnie’s entry for The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest

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Miniature and Fairy Gardening Workshops and Classes for Spring

Miniature Gardening with Janit Calvo

Miniature & Fairy Gardening Workshops & Classes for Spring

Whew! It must be spring! We are spreading the joy of miniature gardening even farther this spring with an art show and an online gig in New York. Come and see us if you can. We are working on more online fun for everyone so please stay tuned.

Local and Online Shows and Workshops – Come and Play With Us!!

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Tiny miniature gardens are super fun! Use our Mini Patio Mix Kit (click the photo) to lock in the wee stones to make it transportable – and fun to give!

Miniature Gardening Show and Sale
at the Art of Gardening in Beautiful Anacortes!

Saturday, April 25: 10am to 4pm
Sunday, April 26: 10am to 3pm

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Come and enjoy beautiful Anacortes! We are bringing our custom miniature gardens, unique terrariums, our own customized miniature accessories and our Gardening in Miniature book – get yours autographed! Come and help spread the joy of miniature gardening in the PNW.

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This is the pot that will will be making in our Fairy Garden Workshop. Come and join us! Bring your Mom! It’s on May 9th, the day before Mother’s Day.

Fairy Gardening Class & Workshop
The Fairy Store – Tacoma Area –
Saturday, May 9th

The Fairy Store is home to eFairies.com

It's the only brick and mofairy store on the map!

It’s the only brick and mortar fairy store on the Google map. Very cool. (Click to enlarge.)

Quite possibly America’s only Fairy Garden store – I can’t find any other brick and mortar store in my google searches. You’ll have to come and join us!! Lol! The Fairy Godmother (aka Shirley) is the sweetest shop-owner and she’s always prepared with a bit of fairy dust too. The Fairy Store is at 2202 84th St S, Lakewood, WA 98499, 20 minutes from Seattle, just past Tacoma, 2 minutes from I5. It is super-easy to find, you can see it from the highway and lots of free parking!

We will be making the same miniature garden shown above. It can be indoors (with plenty of indirect light) or outdoors!

Reserve your spot today. Register at The Fairy Store: (253) 584-9761. (First class is at 10:30, when that fills up we will add a second class in the afternoon.)

There will be more of everything for sale – it’s a fairy store, after all. Fairy houses, fairy accessories miniature and full-sized, fairy costumes, games, puzzles, the Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World book ;o), and just about everything to do with fairies.

Steve and I will be bringing our true miniature trees and plants, plus our unique patio and pathway materials from our online store too. Come and join us!

Molbak's Garden Center is one of largest nurseries in the States AND it's spring. Count on it being fully-stocked and gorgeous!

Molbak’s Garden Center is one of largest nurseries in the States AND it’s spring. Count on it being fully-stocked and gorgeous!

A Little Bit of Magic: Miniature and Fairy Gardens – Demonstration & Seminar
Molbak’s Garden Center – Woodinville, Wa.
Saturday, May 16, 12-1pm

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They fill up their huge nursery with just about everything garden! Yay for spring at Molbak’s! Come and we’ll go over what’s new in the miniature and fairy garden this season. I’ll show you how to put one together that can last for years. Gardening in Miniature book signing afterwards – or before if you can get there earlier. I can help with any design questions too!

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This photo is from an online webinar we held with the Master Gardeners Conference last summer in Blacksburg, VA. That’s my serious face, I was checking for questions in the chat window.

Miniature Garden Class & Workshop
D Thomas Fine Miniatures – New York – 

LIVE Online from Seattle to New York
Saturday, June 27th, 10:30am – 12:30pm

(I’m online in Seattle teaching you in Darren’s store, in Historic Hudson Valley, New York.)

More details to come!

See Darren’s website here.

Joining us?

If you are coming to any of the following events and want to purchase any miniature garden plants, parts or pieces from our online store. (New York workshop is excluded, of course, Darren will have the plants and items there.) Please contact us! We would love to bring your order to you and save you the cost of shipping. Go ahead and place your order, email us at Steve@TwoGreenThumbs.com (or 206-352-0494) and we’ll refund the shipping and make arrangements for pick up at the event.

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Our new eBook! For Advanced Fairy Gardeners only. It’s an addendum to our Gardening in Miniature book. Click the picture for more.

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Miniature Gardening : What They Won’t Tell You But I Will

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Miniature Fairy Gardening : What They Won’t Tell You But I Will

Ugh. It’s a pet peeve of mine. I should be a consumer advocate. I just hate seeing people set up for failure – especially in our beloved niche.

A customer emailed the other day and complained that her moss smelled musty. After a bit of digging, pun intended, I found out she used moss sheets to cover the ground in around her plants. The moss was getting moldy because of the dampness of the soil and garden. She was actually sold the moss for that specific purpose. Ugh x 2.

The “fairy garden moss” out on the market today will not work with live plants nor in real soil. It’s fake and should be used only for artificial scenes. That includes any kind of preserved moss, moss sheets, moss clumps, Spanish moss, reindeer moss, whatever you want to call it. And the funniest thing is – it’s expensive!

Ugh x 3!!

The Truth About Fairy Moss

Fake moss can’t replace the real thing. It will get musty and moldy in a real garden environment. Fake moss is at the top, the real moss is below on the left in sheet form, and in clumps on the right, both found on our property.

AND THEN, I see videos of “professionals” laying the moss sheets right on the soil, then tucking the odd plant here and there. And, well, that’s just not going to work out well at all. The moss is smothering the soil, keeping the dampness in and creating a nice moldy mess. Oh, and the moss will also fade quickly in the sun too.

  • If you want moss, stick with real moss. 
  • If you want moss, you need the correct environment for it to grow it in which is difficult to replicate if it doesn’t happen naturally.
  • If you want moss to grow on rocks, you need to find moss that grows on rocks or pavement
  • If you want moss to grow on the soil, you need to find moss that grows on the soil.

Here is our moss guru, the indelible David Spain with his great website on everything mossy: https://www.mossandstonegardens.com/

And leave that fake moss for your other crafty projects. Make a purse for Mom’s Day or a tie for Father’s Day.

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The Truth About Fairy Moss

You can tell it is fake by looking at the backside. If it is not soil – it is fake.

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The Truth About Fairy Moss

Not convinced yet? Steve thought it was dried moss until I showed him the inside. Rip in open, you’ll see the fibers.

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Our new eBook raises the bar on fairy gardening. Get your copy today, click the picture to go to our online store!

 

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Robert’s Truly Magical Indoor Miniature Water Gardens

Miniature Gardening at the Philly Show with Janit Calvo

Miniature gardening with Robert from Plantaria.com with his magnificent indoor water gardens. The tiny deer tells the scale. 

Robert’s Truly Magical Indoor Miniature Gardens

A funny thing happened the other day at the Philadelphia Flower Show. A fellow miniature gardener from the Miniature Settings Exhibit told me about this booth in the show with huge wall displays that were filled with a miniature gardens, complete with a working waterfall and creek. She was very impressed and it was something I needed to see. When I sought out the booth, I saw Robert Dekker’s nametag and immediately said, “Hey, I know you!” Can I say it’s a small world within the miniature garden world? Robert had called us a few times during his experimental stages and now I finally know what he was talking about. They were gorgeous.

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The atmosphere changes as you get closer to the garden. Similar to a large active aquarium, it is serene and surreal.

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Robert and his son, Stephen, have spent the last few years developing and growing very impressive indoor miniature gardens – really living works of art. His background is full-sized waterscaping and you can tell that it has translated well into his miniature work. Every plant and rock is placed just so-so-perfectly in the mini landscape built inside a bookcase-type hutch adapted to hold the water reservoir and pump for not only the waterfall and creek, but a timed, self-watering system too.

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I could identify a few of the plants, but not all. The  tree on the left side and almost center, are Juniper. Up on hill, on the left are Elwood Cypress and I think the stand of trees, upper right, are Boulevard Cypress. All have been trained in shape and nurtured to grow in this indoor environment.

Did you get that? The whole piece is a self-contained miniature forest for indoors. Wow. It would be absolutely perfect in a large living room, waiting room or lobby. I want one.

Miniature Gardening at the Philly Show with Janit Calvo

The understory plants are combinations of tolerant perennials and small-leaf indoor plants. Miniature brass buttons and Baby Tears mingle with Pileas and Begonias.

Miniature Gardening at the Philly Show with Janit Calvo

The garden is self contained within the hutch. There is a drawer for the reservoir and another for the timer system.

But what left the most impression on me was the serene, comforting feeling that the garden gave me when I walked into the booth. The world dropped away and I could feel the presence of nature that only a large, fish-filled aquarium could deliver. It was so peaceful, serene and, well, completely magical. Who needs a TV when you have one of these?

Note that the plants Robert has used is a mixture of indoor and outdoor plants. The ground-layer plants are a combination of Mini Brass Buttons and Baby Tears that can he has nurtured to handle the year ‘round indoor temperatures. The trees are mainly outdoor plants that he has trained to grow in this particular environment. Robert spent years of experimentation with different combinations of fluorescent and LED lighting to get to this stage. He was careful to consider the type of light that would shine into the room too.

See more photos and get in touch with Robert through his website at www.Plantaria.net. He is based in the New York / New Jersey area. If you get the chance to see these works of art in person, I would highly recommend it.

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This second miniature garden had Hinoki Cypress trained to look like forest trees. You can see now, without an animal, figure, or man-made item, the scale of the garden can look smaller.

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Miniature Gardening at the Philly Show with Janit Calvo

The faux rocks in the back of the mountainscape merge expertly with the real rock used for the waterfall and creek.

Miniature Gardening at the Philly Show with Janit Calvo

Baby Tear cascade out the front of the scene, welcoming visitors in to get a closer look. I wanted to stay and play.

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Miniature Gardening for the Fairies with Plow & Hearth

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Check out the lighted lamp post – cuteness! It was a fun project to build for the Plow & Hearth, North Wales store in PA. Variegated boxwood on the right, that lime-green tree that is in front or the house is a wee Wilma Cypress, or Lemon Cypress. That ivy in the front isn’t really in scale with the rest of the garden, but made a nice accent to trail down the front of the planter so it wouldn’t look so stark.

Miniature Gardening for the Fairies with Plow & Hearth

While in Philadelphia last week, I just had to give our friends from Plow & Hearth a call to see what is new and fresh this season for their miniature fairy gardening. I got more than I bargained for – I was asked to create another fairy garden for their North Wales store. So, not only did I have the chance to get up close and personal with the new items, I stayed and played for awhile and met a few fellow miniature gardeners too! Here is what happened.

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The raised planter was really fun to work with. There was enough room for two different vignettes. I designed it by placing the houses in first, then figured out where to put the trees and plants.

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The smaller houses now have smaller furniture to match. The teapot and cups are glued onto the table so you don’t have to fuss with them – or lose them. Dwarf Mondo Grass is on the left, Baby Tears to the right of it.

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I used our Mini Patio Mix Kit for the foundation for the house – and it was big enough for a front porch area too. Place the furniture as you would in you full-sized world and don’t block the door – the fairies won’t be able to go in and out. ;o)

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Plow & Hearth have pretty new sets for the spring. The whole line is interchangeable and everything seems to match with any house or furniture set.

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That red tree is a Coprosma ‘Pina Colada.’ It’s placed in a cache-pot that I buried right into the soil to make it look like it’s a big planter for the middle of the plaza. The tree may complain about being indoors eventually, but since its in the cache-pot, I can be replaced very easily. (Some spend $10 for a bouquet of flowers that last a week, why not spend the same on a temporary plant that can last for a couple of weeks or months?)

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Fairy crossing! The new fairy furniture sets are very sweet .

Fairy Gardening with Janit Calvo

Placed in a brightly lit spot, this garden should happily grow and weave together.

Find the planter here on Plow & Hearth’s online store.

Find their fairy garden houses and furniture here.

Find the plants that I used here.

Find more realistic accessories for miniature gardening here.

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Janit Calvo's Fairy Garden built for Plow & Hearth

 

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