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Miniature Garden Therapy Mission: Spark Joy

Miniature Garden Therapy at the Old Soldier's Home

Operation Spark Joy has begun! Our first installation as The Miniature Garden Society at the Washington Old Soldier’s Home in Orting, Washington, south of Seattle.

Miniature Garden Therapy Mission: Spark Joy

I love it when a plan comes together. Now, to see if it works!

After talking to Linda for a minute on that cold, gray day in the middle of the winter, it felt like I was talking to an old friend. She was asking if I knew of a speaker that could come and talk at their big workshop day that is held every spring for the the Hill and Dale Garden Club. Who knew that that would turn into a project that, quite possibly, can “spark joy?”

I’ve always wanted to find out if a miniature garden can really deliver some garden therapy to non-miniature-gardeners if it was put in the right spot. If a full-size garden can be therapeutic for everyone, why not a tiny one too? And now that the Miniature Garden Society is established, we can make time to reach out into the community, to see what we can do with our hobby to share the joy of gardening in miniature.

So, with the help of Linda and the ladies at the Hill and Dale Garden Club, we installed a larger miniature garden in the courtyard at the Old Soldier’s Home in Orting, Washington. Here’s what happened:

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Miniature Garden Therapy for the Old Soldier's Home

The Hill and Dale Garden Club did the hard part: the lugging in of the trough and the potting soil. The tub is 6′ x 2′ x 2′ and it’s filled more than half-way up with chunks of styrofoam. The styrofoam won’t make it easy to move but it saves a boatload of time, money and energy not having to fill it all up with soil.

Find out more about the right potting soil to use for your miniature garden here.

 

Miniature Garden Therapy for the Old Soldier's Home

After the mountain was in place, we dug in. I’ll be putting the instructions on this easy-mountain-install in the Miniature Garden Society!

See the MiniatureGardenSociety.org website here.

 

Miniature Garden Therapy for the Old Soldier's Home

Steve made the silo from a beer can and straws! This side will begin to look more like farmers fields when the different thymes start to grow in.

See our different Thymes here. 

 

I made the little cinderblock fence from our tiny cinderblocks and a couple of skewers. The silo and the fence were glued on to a board which was hidden with micro gravel.

 

Miniature Garden Therapy for the Old Soldier's Home

When Linda and the ladies installed it, they made sure it was a good height for most wheelchair-users. That need triggered the idea for some sort of backdrop for their point of view, so we built up a hill with a solid chunk of Irish Moss from my full-sized garden that needed a good home. It’ll be a great place for a picnic!

See the gray flagstone sheet here.

See the Mini Patio Mix Kit here. 

 

Miniature Garden Therapy for the Old Soldier's Home

Linda brought some full-sized Hen and Chicks so we used them as Agave-type plants to add some great texture to the miniature garden bed.

See our full-sun plants here.

Miniature Garden Therapy for the Old Soldier's Home

Layers and textures, oh my! Here’s what we planted in the trough. It’s going to get full-sun all summer, and it’s protected in a courtyard to it should be a great growing environment for the plants.

 

Miniature Garden Therapy for the Old Soldier's Home

The patio was a bit rushed at the very end, but I don’t think anyone else noticed. The bright green chair matched the Golden Torch Barberry in the upper-left corner.

 

Miniature Garden Therapy for the Old Soldier's Home

The Mercedes Dwarf Birch, the Goldfinch Fir and a few of the succulents were donated by Bob Fincham and Linda Maida.

Miniature Garden Therapy for the Old Soldier's Home

Dueling Photographers. That’s Linda taking a photo of the finished garden. Steve said everyone was just beaming with smiles as they slowly realized what was happening. For someone who didn’t know what was going on, it must have looked strange. Lol!

 

Miniature Garden Therapy for the Old Soldier's Home

That’s Thomas, he’s a master gardener so we left it in his good hands.

 

A few of the residents gathered to watch the garden go together and some of the staff watched too. It was fun to see them respond as the garden came together. Between us, the garden club, the residents and the staff, it sounded like everyone wanted to “look after the garden” so I imagine it will be well-taken care of! We’re looking forward to going back in a couple/few weeks to see how it’s growing – and to see if it sparked joy.

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It’s a Mini Spring Round-Up in the Miniature Garden!

MiniatureGarden.com it's where craft and garden meet!

We’ve got our new website, a hub for all our work and research on Gardening in Miniature is now at MiniatureGarden.com!

It’s a Mini Spring Round-Up in the Miniature Garden!

Happy, happy Spring! You just can’t beat the first smell of spring in the air, can you? Here in Seattle, one day it’s sunny and warm, the next day is cold and rainy. Needless to say, it’s that time of year when I schedule my work around the weather. Hey, if you can’t beat Ma Nature, join her! Here are some more tips on how to get started with Spring, and without.

On the Spring To-Do List

We’re patiently waiting for it to stop raining so the soil can dry out so we can get busy. If you work the soil when it is wet you’ll damage the microcosms and ruin your good soil so hang-tight if you’re having the same weather that we are here in Seattle. Here’s a quick list of the 8 Spring To-Dos in the Miniature Garden.

 

Still Waiting for Spring?

Here is a blog post to get you started despite the weather. Miniature Gardeners don’t need a reason or a season to start gardening! Waiting for Spring in the Miniature Garden.

Celebrating Easter?

And here is an Easter garden that was part of our “Year in the Miniature Garden” Series a couple of years ago. See it here.

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Patriotism in the Miniature Garden

A patriotic miniature garden.

A patriotic miniature garden for Inauguration Day. 

Patriotism in the Miniature Garden

Honoring the United State of America today! I think it’s the biggest ceremony that we have in the US despite who you voted for.

We’re proud to be the only miniature garden store with a Made in the USA department that we established years ago.

It is important vote with your wallet and shop your favorite micro and independent businesses – we’re the businesses that truly appreciate your support!

 

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See our flag printable up in our store.

A fun patriotic USA flag banner. A quick, fun project for the miniature garden.

See our flag printable up in our Etsy store.

Insight into making the right-colored lights is up in our MiniatureGardenSociety.org.

Insight into getting the right-colored lights is up in our MiniatureGardenSociety.org.

You have your hobby, now here is your club, the Miniature Garden Society! 

Our tiny gardens are up in the store.

Our tiny gardens are up in the store from time to time. Join our email list to find out when our new kits are in stock!

See all our kits here.

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Creeping Thyme cascades down the front of the pot.

Creeping Elfin Thyme cascades down the front of the pot.

Find our Creeping Elfin Thyme here.

Authentic miniature patio collects moss naturally.

Only with our Mini Patio Mix Kit! An authentic miniature patio collects moss naturally, stays in place and ages really gracefully. You can keep reusing it as you repot and replant your miniature garden over the years.

Find the Mini Patio Mix Kit here.

The patio is made with our Mini Patio Mix Kit and our Stone Sheet.

The patio is made with our Mini Patio Mix Kit and our Sea Green Stone Sheet.

Find the Mini Patio Mix Kit here.

Find the Sea Green Stone Sheet here. (Comes in large and small sizes.)

 

A Jean Iseli Hinoki Cypress is over 10 years old.

A Jean Iseli Hinoki Cypress is over 10 years old.

Find all our Hinoki Cypress here.

Insight into making your own accessories is in our MiniatureGardenSociety.org.

Insight into making your own accessories is in our MiniatureGardenSociety.org.

See the MiniatureGardenSociety.org here.

The flag printable comes in 3 scales.

The flag printable comes in 3 scales.

Find the printable DIY USA Flag Banner here.

Find our Creeping Elfin Thyme here.

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A patriotic miniature garden.

A patriotic miniature garden. Be sure to tuck the paper accessories away for July 4th!

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I’m Taking You With Me – Your Miniature Garden Cub Reporter

I’m Taking You With Me – Your Miniature Garden Cub Reporter

Well, well, well!! It’s about time, isn’t it? We’ve been so busy building the new MiniatureGardenSociety.org website for the last two years that it feels really, really good to finally be doing the things I wanted to do with YOU!

Because I’m taking you with me! Yay!

Join me on a winter tour of our favorite wholesale wholesale nursery today. It’s this type of insight that I’m bringing to my new Miniature Garden Society so you can learn about, see more of and experience your miniature garden hobby in ways that you never thought of before: through the eyes of the person who brought it to the marketplace AND wrote the bestselling & most informative on it. (Whew! :o)

Our members can look forward to coming with me on a tour of the second largest garden show in the nation next month, a mecca of miniatures in April – the largest in the States AND you’re coming with me to the huge Epcot Garden Festival at Disney World where I’m presenting my new book, The Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop: Handmade Accessories for Your Tiny Living World by Timber Press (An affiliate Amazon link.)

SO JOIN US!! It’s all happening inside the MiniatureGardenSociety.org!

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Here’s the script to the video:

I’m brought you with me today! I’m Janit Calvo, founder of the Miniature Garden Society and your new cub reporter for everything miniature garden. This is the type of insight and info-tainment that I’ll be bringing you this year through the Miniature Garden Society. Yep – I’m bringing you with me wherever I go!

Today, we are here at our favorite wholesale nursery just outside of Seattle, Washington. It’s a frigid January day in the Pacific Northwest and our gardens have been frozen for the last 2 weeks. Luckily, we specialize in cold hardy plants for the miniature garden and our plants are definitely hardier than I am!

So this wholesale nursery specializes in all types of perennials and this is where we get our miniature garden bedding plants – okay they are ground covers but isn’t it more fun to call them miniature garden bedding plants?

http://www.TwoGreenThumbs.comI’ll bring you back here in the summer because you can’t see just how pretty all the plants look right now – they cover the rows up every winter to give the plants some protection from the often-unpredictable pacific northwest weather.

Some days the sun will warm the plant material up only to dip down to freezing at night. By covering up the plants, it evens-out the temperature and the plants don’t get subjected to that extreme difference each day. It’s just an extra step that this nursery takes to make sure their plant material is high quality all the time.

Another reason they cover them up  plants (or keep them in a heated greenhouse) is to speed up the growing process so they can sell plants faster but they do make sure they harden-off the plant and actually put the plant through two stages to make sure it hardy enough for the outdoor weather.

You can see all the greenhouses that line the fields – there are about 97 of them here. All but a few of them are unheated. But look at the rows and rows of plants. It’s a dangerous place to be if you are a plant-aholic! We’re back here in the corner sourcing some lavender for a customer so this is the view looking back from where we came. In the summer all those fields are full of flowering perennials and it’s just lovely.

Join us at the MiniatureGardenSociety.org for more insight and fun with your miniature garden hobby. This spring I’ll be taking you to the second biggest garden show in the country, I’m taking you to the miniature mecca that happens in the United States each year AND – we’re all going to Disney! Yes, I’m taking you to the Epcot Garden Festival where I’m doing a presentation on my latest book, The Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop: Handmade Accessories for your Tiny Living World!

So join us – you’ve got your hobby, now here is your club: MiniatureGardenSociety.org!

 

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Happy New Year from the Miniature Garden!

New Year's Eve in the Miniature Garden

Happy New Year from the Miniature Garden!

Happy New Year from the Miniature Garden!

Join me on a photo journey for this year’s New Year’s in the Miniature Garden!

We had a busy week making plans for the new year – and a new video for our Miniature Garden Society. See it here or keep scrolling!

New Year's Eve in the Miniature Garden

Added “a little” twinkle and sparkle with some tiny mirrors. Another resource and idea to add to the Miniature Garden Society!

 

New Year's Eve in the Miniature Garden

Used a Christmas wreath around the NYE sculpture to add color and bling.

 

New Year's Eve in the Miniature Garden

Found this guy in an antique mall here in Seattle. He’s custom painted for the miniature garden to look old and ancient. 

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New Year's Eve in the Miniature Garden

Making sure this coming year is packed FULL of love! 

 

New Year's Eve in the Miniature Garden

I found the hat and noise maker at my local dollhouse miniature store.

 

New Year's Eve in the Miniature Garden

This garden is about 6 or 7 years old and went through one major renovation. We go over the details in the Miniature Garden Society! 

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New Year's Eve in the Miniature Garden

I left the lights on from Christmas – those are always the hardest to take down because I love them so. But the way I wound this strand so tightly on the branches, it will have to come off before springtime. 

 

New Year's Eve in the Miniature Garden

Now you can tell I shot the photos in my studio? Yeah, it was cold out. Lol! 

 

New Year's Eve in the Miniature Garden

A retro dollhouse miniature bench painted silver fits into the scene nicely. It’s here up in our Etsy store.

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New Year's Eve in the Miniature Garden

Another full shot of the custom miniature New Year’s Eve sculpture. We’ll be diving into custom painting techniques in the Miniature Garden Society.

 

New Year's Eve in the Miniature Garden

Cutting from full-sized plants did the trick to make this quick seasonal bouquet!

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New Year's Eve in the Miniature Garden

The Stone side table is from our studios and is up in our Etsy store here.

 

New Year's Eve in the Miniature Garden

I just love the miniature log animals! They won’t be packed up too quickly…

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How to Make a Miniature Stonehenge Garden

Miniature Stonehenge Garden

Our Miniature Stonehenge Garden photo has been making the rounds on the Internet and shared by thousands on Facebook and Pinterest. Here’s a little How-to so you can make your own!

How to Make a Miniature Stonehenge Garden for the Solstice

[From December 21, 2012] Dang. It’s the end of the world and I was supposed to take my credit cards on a wild vacation! Well, maybe next time… ;o)

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The Miniature Garden Display from the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, 2007, where the Miniature Stonehenge picture was taken.

Speaking of a wild trip, the little photo (above) has had quite a journey over the past month thanks to our friend Nancy Wisser over at the Clonehenge blog, and to thousands of shares through Facebook and Pinterest. We’ve been swamped with emails asking where to get it and how to do it so we got a how-to together for you here, in honor of the End of Days.

The Miniature Stonehenge Garden was from our display at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in 2007. The display was called ‘Miniature Gardener Interrupted’ and while it wasn’t our strongest display, it sure was fun to make a mess and leave it there for the entire show. (Yes, the irreverent artist inside me still rises up at times. Such rebelliousness. ;o)

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How to Make a Miniature Stonehenge Garden

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We found the miniature Stonehenge Kit at a Barnes and Noble store, call ahead if your going to one of the brick and Janit's Mini Garden Etsy Storemortar stores, they may have them in stock. Otherwise, find the “Stonehenge Kit” in our Amazon affiliate store here.

The little Stonehenge Kit comes with a map to show you where to place the stones – makes it easy-peasy. The stones are made of resin and are easy to drill.  Use florist’s rod or an old metal coat hanger and you’ll need 16 rods.

Decide on your plant material first. We used Irish Moss (Sagina subulata – it’s not really moss per se; it’s a perennial ground cover.) in the above display garden, which is about ½” deep and grown from a 4” pot planted the previous summer. For this how-to, we used 3″ long rods because our native moss is almost 2″ deep before the soil level starts.  The rods should go down into the soil at least 1” to stay firmly in place.

You may not have enough time before the end of the world to order the Stonehenge Kit so I’ve included a close up of the stones towards the end of the slideshow so you can make your own out of Polymer Clay or Fimo.

Happy Solstice!

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15 Awesome Reasons to Celebrate in the Miniature Garden

Keep Calm and Make a Miniature Garden

15 Awesome Reasons to Celebrate Miniature Gardening

Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center is celebrating 15 years in business this month!  Here are just a few reasons to celebrate the biggest garden niche that has come along in years:

#1. Miniature gardens make people laugh and smile.

Go ahead and try it. Show someone a miniature garden and watch the smiles and giggles. Make sure you put something tucked in the back of the garden to reward the viewer for looking. Like a bunny under a bush or quiet little vignette with a bench.

#2. Miniature gardens are portable; you can take it with you.

We wrote the book on it. Get an autographed copy from our store or find it on Amazon.com!

We wrote the book on it. Get an autographed copy from our store or find it on Amazon.com!

A miniature garden is a real garden, complete with a garden bed full of trees, bushes, flowers and wee patio –  and you can take it with you. Whether your renting your home or apartment, traveling in an RV or just not quite settled-down yet, you can still have a full garden. Garden clean up is a snap and you can still brag about working in your garden at the office on Monday morning.

#3. Miniature gardens are personal; create your own tiny living world just how you like it.

Miniature gardening can be as big as you like, or as small as you need. You can make it your dream garden or your scheme garden and use it to plan a full-size garden. Inject just about any theme into it and make it as fantastical as you like.

#4. Miniature gardens are season-less.

You can build a miniature garden in a container anywhere you like. You can plant container gardens at anytime of year. Make a tiny mess creating on your kitchen table or make a bigger garden out on your deck. (You can plant in-ground anytime the ground is not frozen or the soil is not soaking wet.)

#5. Miniature gardens are grounding and good for the soul.

Studies have shown that playing with nature and having plants around lowers stress and is centering. Spending a few minutes in your miniature garden after a stressful day can reset your attitude. You can’t be in a bad mood when you are miniature gardening, it’s impossible. Get your fork out, do some raking and enjoy your personal time with yourself.

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#6. Miniature gardens are very fun to make.

Creating your little garden is very fun from the get-go: from the very first time you see a garden in miniature, throughout the dreaming and planning process, hunting and seeking out the right plants, materials and accessories to use, to the completion of the garden itself – it’s just Fun with a capital “F.”

#7. Miniature gardening is very fun to share.

You can create a very fun and memorable afternoon miniature gardening with friends and/or family. It build connections and give you a common topic to share and explore together.

#8. Miniature gardens can be very enchanting.

It’s not hard to make an enchanting miniature garden and once you hit that level of charm, you’ll realize why you love it so. Using true dwarf and miniature plants, realistic accessories and building materials are the secret to achieving a scene in miniature that is often regarded as “simply divine.”

Keepin' it real in the miniature garden with TwoGreenThumbs.com#9. Miniature gardens are easy to maintain.

Using the golden garden rule, “Right plant, right place,” will get you off to a terrific start for a low maintenance garden in miniature. By choosing trees and plants that do well in your environment will create a very easy miniature garden to maintain.

#10. Miniature gardening is versatile, can be indoors or outdoors.

There is always room for a miniature garden! 

#11. Miniature gardens are accessible to everyone.

Anyone can build a miniature garden. Anyone.

#12. Miniature gardens have long legs.

You can easily go deeper into any aspect of the gardening in miniature hobby. It overlaps several other hobbies, and we draw the best aspects of them into our miniature gardening. We enjoy miniature making without the expense or room it takes for a dollhouse. Our trees naturally grow into beautiful bonsai subjects without the root pruning and high maintenance.

#13. Miniature gardening doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.

We can enjoy the love of gardening without breaking our backs or our bank.

#14. Miniature gardening builds self esteem.

Hobbies give you something else to think about. If any part of your life isn’t going as planned and you’re feeling down, building a miniature garden can help build yourself back up. Distracting the mind with something creative can lead to a different way to problem solve – you let you subconscious work on the problem while you have fun gardening in miniature!

#15. Miniature gardening can give you a sense of achievement

Miniature gardens in containers can be built within an afternoon and give you the satisfaction of a job completed.

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