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Miniature Gardening on Mother’s Day

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Miniature Gardening on Mother’s Day

Miniature gardening and Mother’s go hand-in-hand. Make your Mother’s Day easy this year with your one-stop shopping at America’s favorite Miniature Garden Center, TwoGreenThumbs.com!

  1. Place your order by Monday, May 2nd. 
  2. Use your Mom’s address as the shipping address.
  3. Tell us it’s for your Mom in the comment box, by email or phone.
  4. We’ll ship it to her with a card from you.
  5. And send you the invoice for your files.
  6. Easy. Peasy.

Want to call in your order! We can do that too! Our contact info is here, leave a message if we miss you, we’re a big-little, two-person company.

Need ideas? That’s what we are here for!

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Is your Mom a fairy gardener? Here’s a Fairy Fantasy Tree that she can hang a swing from, click the picture to see it in our Etsy store.

Mom’s Day Gift Ideas

  • Indoor/Outdoor Boxwood Kit – A bestseller! All you need is a container (8″ x 8″ at least) and some organic potting soil with no added fertilizers or water-retaining polymers. Shipping is included!
  • A set of miniature garden trees or plants. Shop by your zone here. Email us if you need help choosing or want to check what your Mom has ordered before – we can look that up for you!
  • Build your own set from our exclusive, Made in the USA, in-scale, realistic garden accessories.
  • An autographed copy of the bestselling book on the hobby, Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World.

See More Fun with Mom in the Miniature Garden Throughout the Years:

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Make a miniature garden with Mom this Mother’s Day! It will give her a reason to play and a space to go to anytime that is her very own little world.❤

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Get an autographed copy from our store or find it on Amazon.com!

Get an autographed copy from our store or find it on Amazon.com!

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First Time Ever! A Miniature Garden Society Built for YOU!

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First Time Ever! A Miniature Garden Society Built for YOU!

We are doing the happy dance over here at Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center! Our new Miniature Garden Society website is finally ready to open to the public! But I had to laugh at my blog title though, most things we do here are “firsts!”

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!

There is a saying “creativity has babies,” which means that if you stay creative you will get even more creative. It is my mission with this new adventure to get your creativity locked in gear by collecting the details and information that you need to enjoy miniature gardening all in one place.

You will have access to me and my resources all the time. If I don’t have an answer, I’ll find the right information so you can make the right choices that, in the end, will save you a lot of time and money. This way you can focus on being your creative self, rather then spending your valuable time searching the infinite web for the right answer or product – you can enjoy and create in your garden, or with your miniatures instead.

Do you want to know what else is included? Click here for more information.

If you are ready for some high-quality, somewhat obsessive gardening in miniature, then come on over and join us! There is only one chance for a beginning and we are just getting startedfor more information and/or to join, click here.

 

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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 Miniature Gardening with Janit Calvofound out she used the new 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 artificial moss for that specific purpose: to “grow” it in her fairy garden. Ugh x 2.

The fairy garden moss that is 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. It will suffocate and kill the soil and any roots if it is used with real plants too. (Soil is alive, dirt is dead.) That includes any kind of preserved moss, moss sheets, moss clumps, Spanish moss, reindeer moss, whatever you want to call it. It will not work out in a living miniature or fairy garden.

And the funniest thing about this 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 here in Seattle.

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AND THEN, I see videos of “professionals” laying the moss sheets right on the soil! She then tucks the odd plant here and there in the moss! Poor plants. That’s just not going to work out well at all. That silly moss will become a nice moldy mess and it will fade to brown quickly in the sun too.

Moss Rules: 

  • 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 (and funny!) 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.

Like this? Want to know more about miniature and fairy gardening from people who will tell you straight? Join us!

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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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.

✿ •*¨`*•. ✿ .•*¨`*•. ✿

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!

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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.

Join us for more miniature gardening!

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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

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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

Website & Directions

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.

Sophisticated Fairy Gardening, by Janit Calvo

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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