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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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So, You Want to Start a Fairy Garden Business??

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So, You Want to Start a Fairy Garden Business??

Do you love fairies? Do you love fairy gardening? Do you want to spend your days working with everything fairy?

Are you thinking of how to start a new fairy garden business for the New Year?

Do you want a way to explore your passion and make money too?

Do you want a head start?

Miniature Gardening with Janit Calvo

We’ve set-up in stores, coffee shops, on street corners, at farmers and craft markets, at garden shows, miniature shows…

If you answered a big, “YES!” to all these questions, here is a way to jump-start your business and your learning curve to get you started on the right track to making money from your passion right away. Spring will be here in a couple of months and you have a chance to leap into action now, and get everything ready for the planting season.

Here sample email of questions that I get almost every week from people wanting to start a business from their passion for everything fairy:

  • Can you give me information about selling fairy gardens at fairs, etc.?
  • How do I transport them?
  • Where else can I sell them?
  • What sells?
  • How is the final price determined?
  • What are average prices?
  • How do you keep the plants alive between shows?
  • Do I need electrical hook-ups?
  • Do you add a little care booklet for the customer?
  • Is there a market for this?
  • What a about commissioned gardens?
  • How to price them?
  • Do you need permits?
  • Do I warranty the plants??
  • How do you preserve the items for a garden?
  • Paint with clear varnish? or something else?
  • How can I find the right plants in my area?

You can see how this long list of questions may take you days, weeks, or for some questions, years to answer. Most of these answers came to me by trial and error.

Errors that I’ve already made so you don’t have to.

One of our booth displays at the third best garden show in the country, the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.

One of our booth displays at the third best garden show in the country, the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.

Here is a chance to spend time with me to answer your questions and get you started with the right ideas, the right items and in the right direction to get you going with your new fairy garden business. This includes a copy of our bestselling book, Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World AND one of our very popular Complete Miniature Garden Kits.

Ask anyone who has started a business, the right conversation at startup with the right person is WORTH EVERY PENNY.

Click right here for more details and to purchase your jump-start to your very own fairy garden business! 

 

We've set up displays at the two top garden shows here in the Seattle area for over 10 years now. This was a display in 2012 and called the best display at the show by the Associate Editor of Timber Press, Andrew Beckman.

We’ve set up displays at the two top garden shows here in the Seattle area for over 10 years. This was a display at the NWFGS in 2012 and called the best display at the show by the Associate Editor of Timber Press, Andrew Beckman. (You can see his comment here.)

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!!

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Want a successful online business? It starts with a great domain name!

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Domain names are the real estate of the Internet. It is especially important to get a  “dot com” address, as the noteworthy names are now few and far between. But, we have you covered because here are a few of them up for sale RIGHT NOW!

Domain names like these are PERFECT to get your fairy garden business noticed in Google search for your main keywords because your keywords, “fairy” and “garden” are already in the domain name. 

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MiniatureGardensRUs.com

Janit has brought it to the largest garden show in the country, the Philadelphia Flower Show and had line-ups at the signing table afterwards.

Janit has “brought it” to the largest garden show in the country, the Philadelphia Flower Show and had line-ups at the signing table afterwards. Want to take your fairy gardening on the road, Janit has done that too.

 

Need more juice to bring to your fairy gardening? Dig into our ebook, Sophisticated Fairy Gardening: Advanced Techniques and Imaginings by Janit Calvo. It’s an instant download PDF – get it right now!

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Back to the Future: Predicting The Miniature Garden Hobby

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One of the first miniature gardens that we sold in 2001. The patio was made of sand and glass. This was built before I invented our Mini Patio Mix Kit, now anyone can create a custom, permanent patio that won’t wash away when you water nor when it rains.

Back to the Future: Predicting The Miniature Garden Hobby

It’s funny how an iconic movie from your childhood can make you think of the past, present and future at the same time. As kids we gobbled up those Back to the Future movies over and over. We all wanted to be Marty McFly and jump to the future to see what our family would look like too. The movie did a great job in making 2015 seem so far away it was unfathomable to think of.

Well, funnily enough, we predicted the future in our own way here at Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center.

Tiny Gardener in a Tiny Mini Garden

We relied on tiny toys and dollhouse miniatures found at a local miniature store here in Seattle, Dolly’s Dollhouse.

Being the first business dedicated to the art and craft of miniature gardening, I forged ahead and just started it in 2001. Who knew that creating a business with no customers wasn’t the thing to do? Scouring business books for start-up information was the only thing I could find, the Internet was very limited at that point, but hey, you could order books from the library on it. Nowadays, all you have to do is input your question and Google will provide.

The history of Two Green Thumbs

Courtesy of the Wayback Machine (linked below) you can see where we first got the domain in 2001 and then got it up and running in 2004. Before the online store, we sold through eBay. (Click to enlarge.)

Wayback website: https://web.archive.org

Back to the Past: How to know if it was a good idea?

So how did I know if this miniature garden idea had legs when there was no one else doing it? It was my Ontario College of Art and Design training. During my last thesis Keepin' it real in the miniature garden with TwoGreenThumbs.compresentation with my painting instructor, Paul Young. I asked him how do I know if it’s a good painting or not? How do I know if the painting is finished? He said, “Now that you are the artist, if it excites you, it will excite others.”

In the first years of Two Green Thumbs, there were times where I would just be overwhelmed with ideas and stopped in the middle of my studio, trying to synthesize all the potential in my head. At the weekend markets, where we tested out the idea for years, there were people who would just stop in front of our booth and stare at the miniature gardens. There was no talking to them during this trance either – they were trying to get their head around the notion of a tiny living garden in miniature too. Witnessing this trance fed my desire to bring the idea to the world and, amazingly enough, we did, one person at a time.

And, needless to say, if you are a miniature gardener you don’t need me to tell you just how juicy this idea is. How often have you been lost in your miniature garden world?

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Jump to the Present

Miniature garden by Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center

The first miniature gardens were over-planted a little too much, and quickly outgrew the pot within a season, with little regard to the plants needs. We quickly learned “right plant in the right place” applied to miniature gardens too.

Nowadays, everyone is on the fairy garden bandwagon in some form or another. Stores that quickly copied our business model years ago, duplicating our inventory and launching their own online stores now focus on fairy gardening instead. A Google search on “fairy garden” now generates over 8,500,000,000 results. You’ll find large displays of fairy garden items at most local, independent garden centers.

Major big-box stores are now on board. You’ll find new miniature sections at Michael’s Crafts now, and seasonal miniatures for the garden at JoAnn’s Fabrics. Hobby Lobby has always carried dollhouse miniatures but the department seems to have grown exponentially. And, lastly, the number of tiny businesses online that specialize in fairy gardening, mistaking it for miniature gardening, are everywhere on the web.

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And Now to the Future

We’ve stayed the course here at Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center and even though at times we’ve included the fairy garden idea into some of our inventory. blog and social media posts, we still stand firmly behind this miniature garden hobby.

We haven’t let the fairy idea take over our business model like other businesses have, because it wasn’t the fairies that entranced us to begin with – it was the miniatures and the garden. 

Miniature garden by Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center

Double-sided miniature gardens were not only fun to make, the clients loved them!

So, here we sit, still the leaders of the miniature garden hobby. Our plant selection is the best on the web, we offer true miniature and dwarf trees and shrubs from America’s top grower. Our miniature accessories, collected from many sources around the world, are realistic, detailed, in-scale and for the most part, weatherproof, reusable and renewable – we simply don’t want to generate landfill.

So? Like this? Want to follow the leader? If you are serious about your miniature gardening, join us here for our new weekly Mini Garden Gazette newsletter. It’s fast, fun and informative.

And checkout the world’s first Miniature Garden Center for all your miniature garden needs – because, after all, we wrote the book on it too.

 

 

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Sophisticated Fairy Gardening, by Janit Calvo

Here is our eBook for Advanced Fairy Gardeners only. It’s an addendum to our Gardening in Miniature book. Click the picture for more info.

 

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Miniature Gardening is Growing Roots Worldwide

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The Turkish version of Gardening in Miniature! Yay!

Miniature Gardening is Growing Roots Worldwide

I do believe the appropriate terms is, “AWESOME SAUCE!!”

Lol!

Yeah, a surprise from my publisher arrived earlier this week: the Turkish version of Gardening in Miniature!

Thank you, Timber Press!

It was just a couple of weeks ago that we learned of a Korean version in the works. ;o)

‘Mom spricht kein Deutsch’ is German for Mom Doesn’t Speak German

And a funny thing happened the other day. My Mom was trying to order a couple of copies of the German edition of the book from Amazon.de website and, no, she doesn’t speak or read a word of German. (How she was able to navigate the site is beyond me but I was reminded of where I get my tenacity from. Lol!) So, we ended up with a few extra copies of Gardening in Miniature in German now available here in the USA!!

We have them up in the Etsy store here.

German edition of Gardening in Miniature

Gardening in Miniature – now available in German in our Etsy Store!

 

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How YOU Can Help Save Our Environment and Our World

Please join us and millions of other concerned citizens throughout the world, by simply signing a petition at SaveTheArctic.org

Please join us and millions of other concerned citizens throughout the world, by simply signing a petition at SaveTheArctic.org. Pictured above is Shell’s Polar Pioneer drilling rig that illegally docked in Seattle and is now on its way to the Arctic. This is not about oil.

How YOU Can Help The Pope Save Our Environment and Our World

The world needs your help!

In case you missed it, an important protest is going on online and here in the PNW to stop Shell from drilling in the pristine arctic. THIS IS NOT ABOUT OIL. It’s about putting corporate responsibility over greed.

There is a 75% RISK OF DISASTER that can NOT be fixed if anything does happen. A no-brainer you would think, but Shell is forcing their way up to the Arctic, ignoring rules and regulations along the way.

Simply put, the Arctic has a extremely important role in maintaining the balance of the earth’s climate.

Please join us and millions of other very concerned citizens throughout the world, US and Canada, by signing the petition at the very least at http://www.SaveTheArctic.org.

Your kids and grandkids will thank you – and we do too.

YOU can help. Please sign the petition at SaveTheArctic.org and boycott Shell gas stations. Let’s see if we can ruin their environment before they ruin ours.

‪#‎ShellNo‬‪ #‎boycottshellgas‬

And Here’s The Pope’s Petition:

Pope Francis has launched his own petition to help save the environment and needs 25,000 signatures to bring this issue to the December Climate Change Conference in Paris:

To the Heads of State and the Governments of the nations participating in the 21st International Climate Change Conference, scheduled from November 30 to December 15, 2015 in Paris, France.

On behalf of our children, who without your commitment and action will inherit a degraded and dangerous planet.

On behalf of the poor of the planet, the first to be victimized by pollution and the most vulnerable to the impact of climate change.

On behalf of the whole human family, for which we all have a responsibility to care without regard to national borders or social divisions.”  – From the http://www.thecallofpopefrancis.org/en website where you can sign the petition.

(To my regular readers: Apologies for the soapbox. If we don’t stand for something, we will fall for anything. Together we can make the right change for the health of our climate, and our children’s climate.)

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Miniatures at the Huge Philadelphia Flower Show

Miniature Gardens at the Philadelphia Flower Show

A close up of Louise’s award-winning miniature Rear Window scene with close attention to detail, replicating the scene in the movie to a “T.”

Miniature Gardening is Still Growing at the Huge Philadelphia Flower Show

Dateline: 3.4.15 – Reporting in from our Timber Press tour to Philadelphia with our unique perspective – as usual! Here is our review of the garden event of the year, the best in the country, the Philadelphia Flower Show that is! It’s still on until March 8, 2015.

Miniature Garden Settings Exhibits

Miniatures at the Philadelphia Flower Show

And our good friend, Louise Krasneiwicz won the Best of Show this year for her steller Rear Window display! Congratulations, Dr. K! It. Is. Awesome. (More details to come.)

The Miniature Garden Settings Exhibits is a series of 10 dioramas set into window boxes built into walls for easy viewing. Despite the long list of the parameters that everyone has to work within, the exhibits vary in skill, vision and expertise. Every year there is at least a few great ideas and “wow” scenes that keep us coming back for more.

The organizers, Ron Hess & Louise Krasniewicz, spend countless and thankless hours finding new artists to participate, helping with the progress of the exhibits, blogging to keep everyone updated, promoting the exhibit throughout the year, and organizing and maintaining the main event during the show. That statement alone made me tired. Lol! Thank you Ron, Katy, Louise and the rest of the artists for a great show!

Here are a few of the exhibits below. Most of my photos I took at the wrong time of day, when the hall lights were on and the glares in the windows really got in the way. Thankfully I was able to get most of the plant-based exhibits photographed. Louise has much better photos  of all the exhibits up in her blog, the drama class and the fantasy class.

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Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, Louise Krasniewicz

Miniatures at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Best of Show. This scene was all handmade by Louise. You could stand there for an hour and still not see all the little nuggets in the details. Superb! 

Follow the Yellow Brick Road, Pamela Goldman

Miniatures at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Pamela does it again with her Wizard of Oz scene. The house was at a terrific angle that really made the building look like it just landed.  (The lights you see in the shot are from my negligent photographing.) 

Miniature Gardens at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Pamela use over 22 different kinds of tiny plants in her display. Click to enlarge the photo.

 

An Affair to Remember, Lucille Dickerson

Miniatures at the Philadelphia Flower Show

I liked the garden border idea in this scene. The tiny plants grow fast in the displays. Some are switched out during the show because they get too big. 

Enchanted April, Cathy Bandoian

Miniatures at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Cathy painted the backdrop to blend in with the “real” forest plants behind the tent to create a lush garden border. 

I will be going into greater detail with Louise’s Rear Window display. You can find the rest of the photos of the exhibits on Dr. K’s Miniature Settings Exhibit blog:

  • Gone with the Wind, Beverly Sue Palaia
  • Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Mary Ciccolella
  • Little Shop of Horrors, Ronny Smith and Chris Bogs
  • ET Goes Home, Randiee Wismer’s Dream Team of the Norristown Garden Club
  • Sleeping Beauty, Lori Anne Currall
  • Lady and the Tramp, Kathy Bright, Sheri Sullivan, Ron Sullivan

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More than Just Miniatures!

There were miniature gardens throughout the show this year too – so much more than last year! Most of the vendors just had the accessories for sale, a couple of vendors stood out as favorites, which they really couldn’t help, we’ve been following their work for years. Here’s more of our review of the best garden show in the country:

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Miniature Water Gardens – Plantarias

Miniature gardening at the Philly Show

Robert Dekkers of Plantaria.com – I didn’t realize we knew each other until I saw his name. More on this FMG to come… ;o)

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I lighten up the shot so you can see the similarities to an aquarium. It has the same calming and “other-worldly” quality that a fish tank has – it draws you in and you don’t want to leave! 

More on this in a future blog! Robert Dekkers has been working on this ingenious approach to miniature gardening for a few years now. He calls them water gardens because they have the world’s cutest rock waterfall and stream running through each one. His plantarias are a fully contained, self-watering miniature garden that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own living room. A great idea for lobbies, waiting rooms and restaurants too – it exudes the tranquility and peacefulness similar to an aquarium! The irrigation is on automatic, the lights are the right balance for the trees and plants, the entire hutch is self-contained and made for indoors. I wonder how much shipping is to Seattle? Robert is based in the NY / NJ area. Connect with him here.

Twig Terrariums

Miniatures at the Philadelphia Flower Show

The first gals to bring the moss terrarium idea to market. They have a store in Brooklyn, NY and sell online too.

These are the gals that started the mossy-mini terrarium trend, Twig Terrariums. They put tiny HO scaled miniature people into mossy terrariums and instantly created a completely different world. It’s fun to see their creations up close and personal at the show. They have an online store, and a popular book on their work. Find them here.

More on the Philadelphia trip to come!

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German edition of Gardening in Miniature

Gardening in Miniature – now available in German! 

 

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Hey Miniature Gardeners! Turn Black Friday Weekend Green

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