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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. 

Miniature Gardening with Two Green Thumbs

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.

Miniature Gardening with Janit Calvo

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.

Your Miniature Garden Center

 

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Miniature Garden Newsletter, August, 2009.

Miniature Garden Newsletter

August 13, 2009

In this Issue ~ New Ideas ~ Mini Garden To Do’s ~ Website News

A Miniature Garden to go.

A Miniature Garden to go.

A Miniature Garden to go - close up.

A Miniature Garden to go - close up.

Twig Trugs ~ now you can take it with you!  ;o)
(http://shop.twogreenthumbs.com/product.sc?productId=393&categoryId=1)

A Mini - Miniature Garden Kit for indoors or out.

A Mini - Miniature Garden Kit for indoors or out.

New Arbor & Fairy Vine Kit – great for indoors or out…
(http://shop.twogreenthumbs.com/product.sc?productId=391&categoryId=42)

Miniature Garden Kit with Eldwood's Cypress.

Miniature Garden Kit with Elwood's Cypress.

Bring the outdoors indoors for the winter!
Elwood’s Miniature Garden Kit is just too cute.
( http://shop.twogreenthumbs.com/product.sc?productId=386&categoryId=42)

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Mini Garden To Do’s
Clean out your Conifers!
All conifers shed their leaves, they just do it a little differently.

Most of the tiny conifers will hold their dead leaves in the center of the shrub which prevents air and light getting through to the trunk. If this dead stuff isn’t cleaned out, it will eventually choke the wee tree to death. It’s called “Conifer Dieback,” check for it often (I will remind you too) and here’s what to do:

Get some gloves and gently work your fingers into the shrub’s center. Like shampooing someone’s hair but without the shampoo. This gently sloughing off will shed the dead needles to the ground, where you can use a fork as a rake to tidy up afterwards. (You laugh ~ but it works!)

These trees are tougher than you think and you won’t break any branches by doing this if you are gentle. The living, green branches are bendable and can tolerate a little “hands on” maintenance. As most trees grow, the branches will spread out from the trunk, and this won’t be necessary – it’s just while they are still young and small.

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Crusty Layers & Watering
It’s the time of year to do this with all your containers and miniature gardens. Break up that crusty layer that has formed on the top of the soil with a fork, a stick or your weeder. This crust directs water down the sides of the pot, not in the center where the roots need it.

Be sure to soak your containers at least once every couple of weeks to make sure they are getting the water they need. (Uh, for those not getting the rain!) If you have those little fruit flies hovering around, you are overwatering!

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Website News

I’m redoing the main website in a couple of weeks. The library will be closed for awhile for renovating and to prepare for the new book release. (!) If you need anything from it, be sure to print it out. Or, you can always call or email me for the information too. I’m always glad to talk to a fellow miniature gardener!

~>Thank you for your feedback on our new newsletter everyone! It’s for you, so tell me what you want and what you like!!

Thanks again and whatever you do, make it fun,

Janit

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