Miniature and Dwarf Conifers are great for the miniature garden
Miniature and Dwarf Conifers are great for the miniature garden. In the right spot, they are easy to take care of and really look like a “big” miniature tree. You can now find them in Canada.

Miniature Gardening Crosses Borders

~ Stardate: May 4th, 2011. Holy cow.

I used to enjoy a predominately US customer base while going through my growing pains as a start-up business. Every so often I would dial into my Google stats to see where the visitors to my website are coming from, and I would see the States plus a couple of other countries like Vietnam and England.

Well, I had 1,378 cities from 68 countries visiting my website last month…


Tiny purple cones on the Pusch Dwarf Norway Spruce
The tiny purple cones on the Pusch Dwarf Norway Spruce are just the absolute cutest thing ever!

Updated to 2019: Please call ahead to these garden centers to see if they carry the right plants for gardening in miniature. See this blog about what KIND of plants to ask for, click here.

So, in an effort to spread the love of miniature gardening, (because that appears to be vocation these days) and with some help, I was able to find a list of Canadian nurseries and garden centers that have specifically ordered the very same miniature and dwarf conifers that I recommend using in the miniature garden with success.

Golden Torch Barberry offers striking foliage for the miniature garden
Golden Torch Barberry offers striking foliage for the miniature garden. This plant is invasive in some areas, check with your local garden center before ordering!

Here are some thoughts to consider before you go on your search:

~> Call ahead of your making a long trek to make sure there are some in stock.

~> Because of the custom/border thing, these nurseries will probably place a one big spring order for spring that they can sell throughout season. Which means that they will not reorder until next spring. So shop early!

,~> Note that the different types of conifers like different conditions. “Right plant in the right place” and no, there is no compromising, tricking or fooling Mother Nature. Any plant that is not in the right spot will lose its defenses against pest and diseases and will die a slow death. This means outdoor plants should be outdoors, shade plants should be planted in the shade and sun plants in the sun, etc.

One of the secrets behind a successful miniature garden is using the right kind of plants. Miniature and dwarf conifers hit the mark because they really do look like miniature versions of the full-size trees and shrubs that we see in our landscape. Cypress, pines, spruces, hemlocks and junipers are all familiar to us but the miniature and dwarf forms are not as well known – yet!

If anyone outside North America has any information on where to get miniature plants please help us spread the love. We are looking for connections in England, Ireland, France, Netherlands, Holland, Australia and Mexico specifically.

New Trees Are Always In Stock: We just received some new miniature and dwarf trees and shrubs again last week. Find most of them up in the store here.

Spring buds on the Piccolo Balsam Fir
Spring buds on the Piccolo Balsam Fir look almost surreal.


**Here at Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center, w ship all year long from Seattle, Washington.
See what plants are up in the store today.
Check back often, our inventory is always changing!**

Here are the Canadian nurseries that carry the miniature and dwarf conifers for miniature gardening:

British Columbia
Triple Tree Nurseryland, Maple Ridge –
Minters Gardens, Chilliwack –
Dinter Nursery, Duncan/Victoria/Van. Island –
Georama, Nelson –
Art Knapp Plantland, Vancouver/Port Coquitlam –
Nico`s Nurseryland, Salmon Arm –
Sunnyside Nurseryland, Delta –
Maple Leaf Nurseryland, N. Vancouver  –

Golden Acres, Calgary –
Ellerslie Gift and Garden, Edmonton –
Eagle Lake, Strathmore –
Millcreek, Edmonton –
Parkland Nursery, Red Deer –
Greengate Garden Centre, Calgary –
Salisbury Greenhouse, Sherwood Park –
Green Haven Garden Centre, Lethbridge –*
Greenland Garden Centre, Sherwood Park –

Shelmerdine Garden Centre, Winnipeg –
St Marys Nursery & Garden Centre,  Winnipeg –

Woodhill Garden Centre, Thornhill (Hi Mom! ;o) –
Canadale Nurseries, Ltd, St. Thomas –
Rideau Woodland Ramble Garden Centre, Merrickville –
Whistling Garden Ltd., Wilsonville – Whistling Garden Ltd., Wilsonville
Summerhill Nursery, Toronto –

Pepiniere Villeneuve, L’Assomption –*

*Directory listing only, not a website. Unfortunately the supply stops at Quebec and there are not any nurseries in eastern Canada that order from my grower.

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