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
Posted by Tammy Jensen at 7:53 PM