Miniature Gardening: It’s an International Affair
~ Sharing the new miniature garden hobby is too much fun. With customers throughout the world, it was inevitable that the international garden magazines would pick up on this latest huge garden niche / hobby. We were tickled when a couple of them came to us for pictures and input, here’s what came out of the connections. They told us what pictures they liked from our website/ this blog and our flickr-photo page and we sent back the high resolution photos for them to use.
Here is a Home and Garden Magazine from Romania. They found some plant sources for those of you across the pond who need to find the right plants we use. Here is their website: www.casa-gradina.ro
The article tells how to use slow-growing plants, where to place them and general potting tips on soil and fertilizer. Here’s a loosely edited quote from the article:
“Finally, add accessories – they make the difference between a simple flower pot and a miniature garden. For the planting seem more real, always use same scale (find it stated on the label products). Even if you put a doll, it’s nice to create the impression of human presence, this will create a story: a rake “forgotten” on the grass or miniature cup of tea on the table. Animals add charm to the arrangement.
For the translation, we used the handy Google Translate and had some help from my Romanian friend, and fine artist, Florin Brojba.
This next article was such a pleasure to help with. From Japan! We’ve always known the Japanese are as equally enthralled with all things miniature, but to be ask to contribute was such a treat knowing that the art of bonsai, the grandfather of miniature gardening, has long roots in the history of Japan. And here they asked little ol’ me for photos of my work. I’m still giggling… check out the fun they had with this 6-page article.
I didn’t have any luck translating the Japanese in this article but I’m still going to try.
Hey, the Beatles had to make it big overseas before they were a hit in their own country – who knows what will happen in the brand new world of miniature gardening?
Most of the items in the photos are from our online store here.
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I love the buildings and gardeners. Plant selection was great. It all added up to a completely realistic mini garden in Japan. Ditto the Romanian garden – more nostalgic, beautiful accessories. I loved both. Great articles. Congrats Laney on your picture being chosen.
Wow! Beautiful gardens from around the world!