One of my first custom-made Miniature Gardens from 2002. Made for my fellow miniaturists, Dolly and Mike, for a gift for a family member out on the Oregon Coast. I hear it is still alive and doing well.
It’s a bad news, good news thing.
I’m still sorting through our photo archives for my upcoming book on Miniature Gardening by Timber Press – only to learn that my old iMac crunched half my archives. Thousands of original, high-resolution pictures that I have been stockpiling for the book have been greatly reduced in size and won’t be any good for print. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that I can easily share them online, with YOU! I’ve made some notes about the plants too:
Love the color scheme for this Miniature Garden. Tans, browns, greens and pinks make a pretty picture. This was made around 2003.
Clockwise from left to right: Elfin Thyme, Hobbit Dwarf Spruce (shrub), Cotoneaster dammeri ‘Tom Thumb’, Nana Gracilis Hinoki Cypress, Dwarf Lilyturf, Tricolor Stonecrop Sedum, Sedum Ogon, Elfin Thyme, Miniature Sweet Flag (grass), mini Hen and Chicks (small round plants.)
Having fun with the pot shapes. White Pymgy Sawara Cypress on the corners with White Thyme in the middle. Made around 2003.
Miniature Garden with Flamingo and Jean’s Dilly Dwarf Spruce. Love the pinks and browns. The stump is staked on a rod to hold its place in the soil. That’s a Wooley Thyme on the left, Platt’s Black Brass Buttons on the right.
The First Miniature Garden – the one that started it all. I brought this picture into Swanson’s Nursery where I was working at the time, and showed it to one of the more knowledgeable people that work there. She didn’t notice that it was only 10 1/2″ wide.
Close up of the First Miniature Garden. That spiky thing is a baby Monkey Puzzle Tree, the leafy, green thing in front of the grass is baby spinach. (Had to pull it out a couple of weeks later.) A baby Hen and Chick is in front, with saxifrage in the fore-ground.
The First Miniature Garden – the miniature garden pond made from a bonsai dish.
Miniature Garden Sculpture, The Thinker, by Michelangelo, has since been discontinued. He was about 1 1/4″ tall.