~ [A Blast from the Past :: Stardate December 21, 2012 was the date the Mayan calendar ran out, and we were not exactly sure if all of us would explode into a ball of fire – or not. Apparently we’ve lived to tell the tale… :o]
Dang. It’s the end of the world and I was supposed to take my credit cards on a wild vacation! Well, I’ll have to do a better job next time… ;o)
And. speaking of a wild trip, this little miniature garden photo shown above, has had quite a journey over the past years thanks to our friend Nancy Wisser over at the Clonehenge blog! Nancy has shared this gem to thousands of people through Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
This year, we’ve been swamped with emails asking where to get it and how to do it so we got a how-to together for you here, in honor of the
End of Days Solstice.
DIY – Make Your Own Miniature Stonehenge Garden
For this DIY, I started the easy way: with a Build Your Own Stonehenge Kit by Running Press. I’m not sure if it’s still in Barnes and Noble but that’s where I usually found these. You can probably find it online with a Google search.
More Details on the Miniature Stonehenge Garden
We found the miniature Stonehenge Kit at a Barnes and Noble store, call ahead if you’re going to one of the brick and mortar stores, they may have them in stock. Otherwise, find the “Miniature Stonehenge Kit” by Googling it or on Amazon.
The little Stonehenge Kit comes with a map to show you where to place the stones – makes it easy-peasy. The stones are made of resin and are easy to drill. Use florist’s rod, an old metal coat hanger or welder’s rod and you’ll need 16 rods about 2 ½” to 3″ long, dependent upon the depth of your plant material…
Decide on your plant material first.
We used Irish Moss in the display garden-pot at the top of this blog, which is about ½” deep and grown from a 4” pot planted the previous summer. Otherwise known as Sagina subulata, the Irish Moss is not really moss at all, it’s a perennial ground cover. Full cool sun and evenly damp soil. Can handle some drought if it’s established.
For the how-to sequence, I harvested some native moss growing in our garden for this shot. We used longer rods because this native moss was almost 2″ deep and the rods were pushed down into the soil, at least 1” to stay firmly in place.
ICYMI – I included a photo of all the stones above, so you can make your own out of Polymer Clay or Fimo.
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See our other post on Solstice in the Miniature Garden here.
The Backstory on the Stonehenge Miniature Garden
The Miniature Stonehenge Garden was from one of our many displays we created at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show throughout the years, this one was in 2007. The display was part of a container contest on the skybridge – about 12 different displays in all. I called this one ‘Miniature Gardener Interrupted.’ While it wasn’t our strongest display, it sure was fun to make a mess and leave it there for the entire show. Gasp!! (Insert pearl-clutching here.) Yes, the irreverent artist inside me still rises up at times. Such rebelliousness leaving it a complete mess! I wanted the view to see themselves sitting there, in the middle of the installation, creating and playing away.
(This display was part of the container garden competition and this year we were the only display out of the 12 contestants to abide by ALL the rules for the contest – yet we did not win after questioning the judges, AND the coordinator, about it at the time. They literally ran away from me… !! Lol! Too stunned to do anything about it. It was frustrating to see this kind of thing in an industry that I was falling in love with. The recognition could have helped our new hobby but, alas, the judges and Kyle Eldred, the coordinator, obviously had an allegiance elsewhere.)
Did not know you were getting so many requests. Stonehenge Fever has seized the world! (and thanks for the mention!)
Hi Nancy! They come in waves – this link should do the trick for our next wave. Happy Solstice, Nancy! – Janit
You, too–happy whatever holidays you like and a great year in 2013 (if there is one! 😉 ).
This is great! And thank you for the video… I’m going to have to get over to Barnes and Noble today to get my own Stonehenge (and max out my credit cards, of course).
This is so great!
Kit is $12 at B&N online but I’m thinking of attempting these in clay. There is info online on how to….
Making a pile of rubble – presumably from an ancient structure in England somewhere. Your post has been very helpful!
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thanks <3 …..bought mine at amazon!!
Thanks, Kathleen! We have it here in our Amazon affiliate store here.
or here: https://astore.amazon.com/twogrethulivm-20/detail/076242883X