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10 Steps to Renovate a 10 Year Old Miniature Garden in 10 Minutes

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10 Steps to Renovate a 10 Year Old Miniature Garden in 10 Minutes

“Don’t just sit there, grow a tree!” is my first thought whenever I see the box that’s been kicking around the office since

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Pot finally cracked in July 2015.

2005. I’ve kept it for reference because this is – so far – the only tree seed that has worked for me. The side of the box says, “Guaranteed to Grow! Just add: sunshine, water & love.” For $4 I thought, “What the heck, I’m feeling reckless today, I’ll give it a try.” ;o)

The seeds are from GrowATree.com and the website is still there – in the same condition it was in 2005 if you want to go back in time and see how the Internet looked back then. It’s Picea pungens ‘Glauca’ or Colorado blue spruce. The seeds come from Bucksport, Maine. Apparently I lost the instructions that were included but I recall it said to mimic a forest floor when planting and nurturing them. It worked.

Hover over the pictures in the collage to see the dates the photos were taken. I am missing a few photos – it was used in our A Garden for All Reasons at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in 2008. You can see it on our Flickr page in the front of the display with the black arbor in the back (the photo needs updating to fit in their new format.) And I know I took other shots of it too but they must have been a part of a hard drive crash a couple of years ago unfortunately.

See our 10 minute renovation after the collage.

And just to note, I did nothing special in growing them. The main thing with such a small garden over 10 years is to (a) keep track of it and (b) to water it. Personally, I’m still surprised it’s still alive after a major house-move and three years of writing and promoting a book. I have Steve to thank for that!

How to Renovate a Tiny Miniature Garden

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1. Take the pot off the rootball.

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2. Take all the accessories, the patio and stones out.

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3. Take the moss off the top of the soil.

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5. Gently peel away the roots. You’ll find them wrapped around the edge. Cut the long roots with a sharp pair of clean scissors.

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6. Gently loosen or divide the trees to fit them into the new pot. The rule of thumb is to never take more than one third off at a time – this means roots and foliage.

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7. Fit the trees into the new pot gently. Arrange them like a forest, plant them off-center for more interest. Face the best side of the tree to the front. Trim off any lower branches that need it.

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8. Put the patio, pond back in. Fit the rocks in where the look natural.

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9. Plant the moss back in the gaps with the bare soil. The moss will help slow down the water evaporation. Trim the moss to clean it up, trim off any lower branches if needed. 

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10. Water thoroughly until it comes out the bottom of the drainage hole. Fill in any gaps in the soil if needed. Spray off the patio, clean off the outside of the pot, fill the pool and your done.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on it for the rest of the dry summer months, and we’ll make sure it gets enough water in the winter – and we’ll keep it sheltered from freezing just to be safe. By next year, it should have fully recovered and will be hardier in the dry months as well as the colder months.

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How to Get the Garden Into Your Fairy Garden

Put the garden into your fairy garden and create enchantment at the same time.

How to Get the Garden Into Your Fairy Garden

So there is was, a huge box full of soil with toys scattered about, a plant in one corner and a house in the other. I looked up and took in the gorgeous view of Lake Washington.

Did she know who I was? Should I tell her?

I didn’t know what to say. The woman only knew I was into miniature gardening, she didn’t know my history nor my day-job.

Maybe I could switch the conversation to the sunset.

But I see it everywhere on the web these days. Boxes, wheelbarrows, pots, containers and even in-ground: fairy gardens without any sort of garden element, maybe a plant or two. Perhaps we should start calling them fairy sandboxes? Fairy soil-boxes?

You can get the garden into your fairy garden even if it’s in a pot. Here is a short visual essay, using fairy accessories, to show you how planting a few trees and shrubs for your fairies to hide in, can increase the enchantment dramatically.

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Tip 1: By using the accessories in the garden as you would in your full-sized garden, you can begin to sort out your garden rooms.

Tip 1: By using the accessories in the garden as you would in your full-sized garden, you can begin to sort out your garden rooms.

The little shrub on the left is a Duflon Fir. The tree on the right is a Majestic Japanese Holly.

(Garden at top: Elwood Cypresses with ground cover Thyme on the left and Cranesbill Flore Pleno on the right.)

Tip 2: Create garden beds like you do in full-sized gardening. Include plants with different heights and textures.

Tip 2: Create garden beds like you do in full-sized gardening. Include plants with different heights and textures.

The tree is Jervis Canada Hemlock.

Tip 3: Less is more. One idea at a time, one idea per pot.

Tip 3: Less is more. One idea at a time, one idea per pot. Keep it simple.

The tree is Nana Hinoki Cypress.

Tip 5: Let it grow. Give the miniature and dwarf trees a chance to grow in and up. You will be pleasantly surprised with the results.

Tip 5: Let it grow. Give the miniature and dwarf trees a chance to grow in and up. It may take a few years, but you will be pleasantly surprised with the results. You can always start with bigger trees, but be prepared to pay dearly for them.

The tree in the back is Jean Iseli Hinoki Cypress (we don’t see that tree very much these days, the Nana Hinoki Cypress is very similar.) The bushes in the front are Podocarpus babies.

Tip 5: If you have a large container, create garden rooms by dividing up the space with garden beds or rockeries, like you would do in a full-sized garden.

Tip 5: If you have a large container, create garden rooms by dividing up the space with garden beds or rockeries, like you would do in a full-sized garden. Above, I made one side a realistic garden and the other side was very fairy.

This was an indoor garden I made for a Plow & Hearth store. I used Wilma Cypress and Variegated Boxwood trees, combined them with Dwarf Mondo Grass, Baby Tears and small ivy starts.

Tip 6: Make them work for it. We have a tiny secret garden behind this patio. Only the very observant see it.

Tip 6: Make them work for it. We have a tiny secret garden behind this patio. Only the very observant see it.

The tree is Jervis Canada Hemlock (can you tell it’s a favorite tree of mine? More coming in the fall.)

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Our new eBook! For Advanced Fairy Gardeners only. Click the picture for more.

Want to know more about getting more garden into your fairy garden? Here is our new ebook, Sophisticated Fairy Gardening: Advanced Techniques and Imaginings. It’s an addendum to our Gardening in Miniature book – kind of like the missing chapter but a whole lot more.

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The Art of Miniatures with Caveman Al

Miniature Making with Caveman Al

“Rock Island” is a dream. There is a chair next to this display where you can get eye-level with the scene and enjoy all the tiny details.  See below for the list of fish and critters.

The Art of Miniatures with Caveman Al

“If it’s not built from scratch, I can’t call it art.”

– Caveman Al

We followed the line of pavers next to the parking lot behind the building. “She said it was in the alley.” Steve and I were apprehensive about nosing around, it looked like someone’s backyard. We passed another little walkway lined with roses and saw a man looking back at us through the door. I recognized him immediately and gave a little wave. “I saw that confused look on your faces and knew you were probably looking for me.” He opened the door and welcomed us into the cutest studio on earth.

Meet Caveman Al. He has been designing homes and miniature making since he was 8 years old. He doesn’t work in any particular size

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– I think the project dictates the scale – and everything is made from scratch.

Yep. Everything. No sourcing, no customizing, no scouring the internet for the perfect miniature to complete a scene. Al makes everything, including the fish in the sea and the leaves on the trees.

I wanted to stay and play.

Here are some photos I took with my iphone, (I should have brought my good camera!) so make sure you head on over and visit his website & gallery, Al has a bunch great photos of projects that we did not see in the studio when we visited. All his artwork is for sale and he does some custom work too.

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Every leaf was made from scratch. Al uses vellum, wire, polymer and marble dust to create the leaves. Each leaf can take almost half an hour to make. The tree is about 15″ tall.

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The studio was tiny, about 15 by 12 feet but it was filled with Al’s creations. Al got the nickname, Caveman Al, from a newspaper article about his work several years ago.

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It’s just a little vacation. Crystal clear resin lets us enjoy every inch of detail. The sign says, “Al’s Island Reservations Only”

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Don’t sneeze. Steve holds one of Al’s tiny sharks, about 1/4″ long.

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The walls are lined with more photographs of past projects, processes and details.

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A step-by-step on how Al makes a palm tree.

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Okay, this is the house I’m building when I win the lottery – with Al’s permission of course. The house is called Walnut Manor and it’s 1/96th scale. The floors can be lifted off in layers so you can see all the juicy details. Note the pool in the center and the garden all around the house.

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The second floor of the Walnut Manor. I love the balcony in the middle, overlooking the pool.

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Miniature scenes of all shapes and sizes are everywhere in his studio. Al calls them “Personal Walls” The items on the floor reflect the people in the frames. Al does custom work too – wouldn’t this make a great gift for a Mom or Grandmother?

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I think this gazebo is large size or 1″ scale. Of course I fell in love his garden miniatures.

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Al was a delight to talk to. His sense of humor shows up in his art – if you look closely there is a naked man waiting for his laundry in “The Laundwich Shop” – a sandwich laundromat.

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Hanging out with Al makes me want to quit my day job and make miniatures. If you are ever in the area of Anacortes, he is worth a visit. You can find Al on the Anacortes Art Walk, on the first Friday of every month.

Checkout more of the lovely details on Al’s website here. There are a ton of photos in his gallery, including photos of his masterpiece, the “Out to Lunch” house shown above.

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Plants for Growing Small: Miniature Gardens, Fairy Gardens, Railroad Gardens and Bonsai

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Plants for Growing Small: Miniature Gardens, Fairy Gardens, Garden Railroads and Bonsai

It happens every spring. The trees inspire me to write about them. So when I searched for what I had written before, I came across a boatload of my blogs from years past. Whew! Who knew so much could be said about a few little plants? Let me count the ways! But first, some MORE insight for your planting pleasure.

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The bright yellow Golden Dwarf Japanese Yew foliage contrasts with the deep red leaves of the Bagatelle Barberry and the emerald green foliage of the Just Dandy Hinoki Cypress in the front. A great combination for full sun but may need protection from that hot afternoon sun if you are in a warmer climate. A colorful combo that’s hardy to -20F – the Yew and Barberry are hardy to -30F. For the ground covers, or the miniature garden bed, the Red Thyme and Miniature Daisy have red accents to them and deep green leaves to match for a lovely combination for your miniature garden.

 Yummy Planting Combinations

I’m like a kid in a candy store every spring. It’s all I can do not to plant up every container I have with the yummy combinations of the miniature and dwarf trees and shrubs this season. So, instead of monopolizing all the plants in the nursery for my own enjoyment, I thought to share some of the combinations and ideas that pop in to my head every day through this visual essay.

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Whipcord Western Red Cedar on the left, the Variegated Boxwood at top right and the Loowit Japanese Hemlock on the bottom, right. A sweet combo for cool sun or part sun. Hardy to -20F, the Cedar and Hemlock are hardy to -30F. For the lower story in the garden bed, echo the dramatic flair of the Whipcord Cedar with Dwarf Mondo Grass and anchor the setting with the low-growing Elfin Thyme.

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Just Dandy Hinoki Cypress is paired with Tom Thumb Cotoneaster on the right. Perfect for cool sun or part sun and both are hardy to -20F . We can enjoy how the Tom Thumb Cotoneaster is exfoliating with the leaves that turn red before they drop. The red stems of the Tom Thumbs would match perfectly with Red Thyme.

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Yellow and green combinations brighten the cloudiest days. Counter clockwise from upper left is the new growth of the Humpty Dumpty Dwarf Spruce, the Golden Devine Barberry and the Pin Cushion Hinoki Cypress. Full to part sun, watch that afternoon sun in the summertime if it’s planted in a container. All are hardy to -30F. The yellow centers of the miniature daisies are a perfect fit and the deep-green daisy leaves will match the mature leaves on the Dwarf Spruce. Blue Star Creeper would be a nice match too.

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The red leaves of the Bagatelle Barberry pick up the new buds on the Slowmound Mugo Pine. The gray-green foliage of the Tsukumo Sawara Cypress. Full sun, again watch the container in that hot afternoon sun. Hardy to -30F. With the young Cypress and Pine shrubs, choose a low-growing ground cover. The White Thyme is a brighter green color and a perfect match.

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Bulata Japaneses Spirea is paired with the Squarrosa Intermedia Cypress. The tight, dense foliage of the Cypress is pleasantly contrasted with the leaves of the spirea. The flowers are the icing on the cake. Hardy to -30F. Full or cool sun until established. Elfin thyme and perhaps a Crane’s Bill to mimic the spirea leaves.

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The Jersey Jewel Japanese Holly is just coming into bud, it has the cutest little flowers. We paired with a dwarf Canada Hemlock for a combo for part sun or part shade. Hardy to -10F, the Hemlock is hardier. For the understory, Dwarf Mondo Grass, Corsican Mint or Baby Tears.

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The Slowmound Mugo Pine on the left, Golden Devin Barberry up at the top right and the Blue Pygmy Juniper on the bottom. Full sun but watch the Barberry with that hot sun. Hardy to -20F, the Pine and the Juniper are hardier.  If you like that blue-green of the Blue Pygmy Junipers, accent it with Woolley Thyme and some small Hens and Checks for more texture.

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A Round Up of Miniature Garden Plant Posts:

Insight on how to choose what plants will work for you, from our 101 Beginner Series:

– Indoor versus outdoor plants

– How to find the plants

 

Reviews and previews about the new plants coming out on the marketplace:

– The Evolution of the Miniature Garden, February, 2015

– New Miniature Garden Plants for Indoor or Outdoor, September, 2013

– Favorite Plants for a New Season, September, 2013

– New miniature garden trees for the new hobby, Part 1 and Part 2, June 2014

– About the plants that the winners of The Great Annual Miniature Garden Contest used in their gardens, November, 2012

 

More insight:

– Examples of popular plants that don’t work well in the true, living miniature garden

– What do the miniature and dwarf growth rates mean?

– About how the trees grow, includes photos of established plants in regular full-sized garden beds

 

For Fun:

– For the Love of Miniature Garden Plants, September 2010

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Different Plant Ideas

– What’s the difference between the plants I saw at the Philly Show?

– Have fun with air plants in the garden

– Ideas for black thumb gardening part 1 and part 2.

 

More insight: 

– Avoid common mistakes by knowing what they are.

– Are you plants having issues? Don’t wait until it’s too late to act.

 

Miniature garden plant suggestions by region:

– Connecticut, Colorado and New Mexico

– Texas.

– Southeastern States.

– Pacific Northwest and Maritime States includes all the plants we carry in our online store. Here is a miniature garden by a couple of gurus here in the PNW.

– Canada (call ahead to verify, links haven’t been updated.)

 

Whew. I think I need a nap after that. I probably missed some too. Like this? Want to go deeper into the miniature garden hobby with us? Join us here.

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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

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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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16 Ways to Enjoy America’s Favorite Miniature Garden Center

America's Favorite Miniature Garden Center

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.

Postcard for Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center

I used to change the postcard every year before we decided on our strongest avatar shown above. People didn’t realize it was miniature until we started sticking our finger into the photo. Now fingers are seen all over the internet as a reference to all things miniature.

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.

Miniature Garden Hobby

It really has been scientifically proven: it’s important to schedule fun into your busy day. Leave room for play, it will make you feel better and work better.

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. 

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America’s Favorite Miniature Garden Center, TwoGreen Thumbs.com – we love all things garden AND miniature!

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.

 

The Miniature Garden Society

We are excited about our new website community that is opening soon.

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.

Miniature Gardening in Romania

Collecting email addresses at local touristy markets helped spread the message far and wide. This is from a Romanian garden magazine from 2013. Click the pic to go to the portfolio page on the main website.

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 on Etsy

Weird and wonderful miniature garden items, natural supplies and popular kits.

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.

Miniature Gardening: Go Ahead, Act Your Shoesize

We went ahead and got these business cards printed with the new slogan only to realize that it wouldn’t work for our European customers. Lol!

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.

Miniature Gardening on Pinterest

Our Pinterest pages are a great spot for the unusual sets, kits, ideas and inspiration that we have to offer – and to remember what we’ve done!

 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 Gardening Greeting Cards

New miniature garden greeting cards are now available through Zazzle.com

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.

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A hardy miniature garden for full sun with a Top Point Cedar (middle,) a Green Carpet Juniper to the left and red Thyme on the right. It was made last year for Mother’s Day at Swanson’s Nursery.

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.

German edition of Gardening in Miniature

Gardening in Miniature – now available in German! Click the pic to see it on Amazon!

Best selling Gardening in Miniature book

Click the picture to get your autographed copy from our online store. Or Amazon[dot]com has it too!

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.

Miniature Gardening with Timber Press

Look forward to more miniature gardening with Timber Press, the worlds top garden publisher.

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.

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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.

Miniature Gardening at the Philly Show with Janit Calvo

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

Miniature Garden Plants is Our Specialty!

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.

Miniature Gardening at the Philly Show with Janit Calvo

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.

Like this? Want more miniature gardening? Join us here for your Mini Garden Gazette, a monthly newsletter from America’s Favorite Miniature Garden Center, TwoGreenThumbs.com.

Miniature Gardening at the Philly Show with Janit Calvo

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.

Miniature Garden Center

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.

Miniature Gardening with Janit Calvo

 

 

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