Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Miniature Gardening

 The desire to create a miniature world  is why we have dollhouses, train sets, collections of tiny objects.    
 
So tiny garden worlds, Fairy gardens are making a trend.
 
Deciding on what kind of vessel or where to build this and what plants to use seem to be secondary to the tiny stuff, like tiny patio furniture, trellises, garden tools, and little castles or huts for the fairies to live in.
 
Do you want to create and setup on the ground in the very front corner of the perennial bed, only to realize you may have to weed and cleanup the area regularly.
 
Perhaps build a box, brightly paint it & setup on an old side table, add about 4 -5 inches of potting soil… The fact that the entire set up is about waist high can make the process of designing and planting much easier. 
 
Decorate with at least three plants with very tiny leaves: example a thyme with a reddish cast, a coleus and Irish moss which has tiny white flowers for about three weeks.
 
Adding things like fairies, a solar something and make a beach stone walkway (made from tiny pebbles ), adding a cute little wrought iron bistro set, even a little bridge, a trellis, an acorn mailbox,   tiny terra cotta pots, and maybe wind chime.
 
To save money, repurpose items you find in the house or inexpensive items from the toy or gardening aisles, especially remember to check at your dollar stores.
 
Your little garden will always bring a smile;  Children, especially little girls, are enchanted with the idea but know you can adapt for boys by adding a small dinosaur and some Hot Wheels to the mix.
 
Fairy Gardening is just an off shoot of dish gardens and terrariums. In fact I see the fairy garden trend morphing into terrariums as large as 300 gallon aquariums.

For more information on planting workshops at Jensen's follow these links -

PLANTING WORKSHOP - ALL AGES

KID'S GARDENING - KIDS ONLY

MINIATURE GARDENING, FAIRY GARDENING, GARDENING FOR SENIORS, GARDENING FOR ALL AGES, WORKSHOPS, JENSEN NURSERY, WINNIPEG
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Friday, May 03, 2013

Live the Life! AND I need your Help!

I’m so very lucky! I have the best job in the world and the best partner in life who is the greatest support – how lucky can a girl get!

I’m in heaven these days. I get to go into schools all across the city, visit with so many great students and teachers; enjoy listening to all the various renditions of “Oh Canada” as their school day begins; talk to the students and teachers about gardening and what different vegetables need to grow strong and healthy; show them what they can grow in a recycling container; plant a plant with them so they have the experience of planting and being able to take a plant home to care for; talk about what plants need to grow; what we get from plants besides food and share some gardening jokes and riddles. I really enjoy being with the kids, they wear their heart on their sleeve; they are able to take in so much and are very eager to learn, eager to plant and also share their gardening experiences. Just when you think they’re not listening, they surprise you. Since I started teaching in the schools the beginning of April, I have visited 13 different schools and taught approximately 650 children and I have approximately 1,000 students left to plant with by mid June! So, I am appealing to you, if you have any small containers, approximately 2 ¼” x 2 ¼ “, please think of us and bring them in for us to recycle and to support our school program. Jensen’s supplies me with all the soil and plant material, so if I can get some more containers for the children to plant in, that would be a great help! These children are our future and I know we have some great gardeners coming up!

Arlene Wheeler
Gardening Teacher and Passionate Gardener
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