The Miniature Garden Business

It’s not every day that one has a chance to build a hobby and bring it to the marketplace. And it wasn’t all warm and fuzzy as some resented my position (I had trolls!) thought it was just a trend (and call it fairy gardening,) while other businesses just outright stole my ideas from me, knowing I couldn’t retaliate because I was such a tiny business.

It’s not exactly gardening because we play with miniatures, and it’s not dollhouse miniatures because we play in the garden. Miniature Gardening is a completely different hobby. 

Here are just some of the stories about building this business, and the hobby, that I wrote along the way. 

 

Miniature Hemlock in the Miniature Garden
How to Find Your Best Friend

How to Find Your Best Friend

I had to laugh when I saw this almost-ancient article at my local model train store. It was taped on to the front of the cash register; I guess I missed seeing it during my many visits to the store. I've never considered myself a "hobby dealer" before but I guess I...

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Teaching Gardening In Miniature to the “Experts”

The custom fairy house from the Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop book makes a miniature garden a fairy garden. Simple. But the difference starts with the garden. It’s happened again. The garden industry is taking the easy way out and has got our hobby all wrong –...

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A Brand New Miniature Garden Center Store!

A Brand New Miniature Garden Center Store!

It's a brand new Miniature Garden Center!! A Brand New Miniature Garden Center Store! Release the doves! Crack the champagne already! Send up the songs of gratitude! Call the press! GET THE CAKE!! It's a brand new Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center Store that is...

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Fake News is Infesting our Christmas Tree Traditions

Fake News is Infesting our Christmas Tree Traditions

A Miniature Christmas Garden from the Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop book. Click the picture to see our new Christmas Tree Dress Kit, our first Prop Shop Kit. The kit is the supplies needed, the instructions are in the Prop Shop book so you can make easily at home!...

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How to Identify an Expert on the Internet

Gardening in Miniature since 2001. “You can be anybody the Internet!” ~ We’ve talked about this before on a previous blog post, about how the Internet is growing all kinds of experts. I’ve worked online since 2004 and have witnessed a number of great people gradually...

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Happy New Year from the Miniature Garden

Happy New Year from the Miniature Garden

A belated Happy New Year from your Miniature Garden Center! A few days before Christmas I realized I wasn't getting anything done. I was completely drained, couldn't sleep and couldn't get anything finished. I couldn't even make a bow for a present much less write a...

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Back to the Future: Predicting The Miniature Garden Hobby

Back to the Future: Predicting The Miniature Garden Hobby

One of the first miniature gardens that we sold in 2001. The patio was made of sand and glass that would get messed up every time I watered it. This was before I invented our Mini Patio Mix Kit, now anyone can create a custom, permanent patio that won't wash away when...

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Miniature Gardening: Get Outside and Play

Miniature Gardening: Get Outside and Play

This is showing my age. Lol! Remember when you had to take multiple photos and tape them together to get everything in one shot? THAT'S how long I've been building this hobby - one garden at a time, one blog at a time, one miniature gardener at a time... "If you think...

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Miniature Gardening Across the Pond – and Back Again

So cool! We made into the April 28th edition Woman's World Magazine on page 6! Right next to Johnny Cash. Lol! Our mission is to make this hobby as well known as knitting - thank you Woman's World Magazine! Miniature gardening made it across the pond and back again...

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Miniature Gardening: It’s an International Affair

Miniature Gardening: It’s an International Affair

Loosely quoted, "With a touch of magic, your beautiful garden will spring from your dreams. A bench leaning against a tree or a small fountain hidden among giant flowers will create a peaceful space you can escape to anytime." Miniature Gardening: It's an...

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If you build it, miniature gardeners will come.

If you build it, miniature gardeners will come.

    If you build it, miniature gardeners will come... ... to play! We're taking the week to push the new workshop to completion! Steve has been working hard at building this space for months, now he has taken a week's vacation from his real job at Vespa...

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