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As a portal back to childhood, a time when one’s imagination spins magical tales, miniature gardens are precious, and the subtitle gets it just right: you can “create your own tiny living world.” Calvo’s how-to covers miniature garden accessories, scaled design basics, patios and pathways, plants for the miniature garden, samples of miniature garden projects, and maintenance. Full-color photos throughout and detailed charts that categorize trees, shrubs, and miniature bedding plants by sun and shade and outdoor and indoor light levels provide adventurous gardening enthusiasts with technical know-how, tool tips (use a dinner fork as a rake), and creative ideas. Hardly child’s play, gardening in miniature is as challenging as working with a full-scale garden design and encompasses questions of proportion and scale, maintenance and sustainability. With listings of additional readings, metric conversions, and an index, Calvo’s guide will draw beginning and experienced practitioners to this whimsical hobby as art. --Whitney Scott

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"After reading this book, I came away even more inspired to create my own miniature garden. Beautiful examples of tiny gardens along with easy to follow directions in regards to what type of containers to choose, the best plants to use, types of rock, soil and types of tiny furniture of figurines to add are all included in this helpful book."

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"With infectious cunning, the author lays out how we might invent Lilliputian versions of our own lives so that we might imagine inhabiting this or that little Eden of our own devising, lovely and perfect little places where all the things we love best in the world could be bound―perhaps even literally―in a nutshell."

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"A pleasant escape that allows [one] to not just imagine a carefree and fanciful world, but also to build and experience it, too."

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"Adorable"

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"It will draw beginning and experienced practitioners to this whimsical hobby as art."

(Publishers Weekly)

“Container/miniature gardening is a magical option for the gardener with limited yard space. This book will position well anyone who wants to begin creating a little world filled with happy growing things.” 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; 1st Ed. edition (June 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160469372X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604693720
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have made a number of container fairy gardens and am also a public librarian. This book deals with technique, scale and the contents of miniature gardens. It will not be helpful to children or to fairy garden beginners. I found both the captions and the index to be incomplete, as I was unable to locate sources for many of the items photographed. On the other hand, some of the 1/4" gardens are very doable when you realize you can make them in terra cotta saucers, small buckets or shallow containers. The strength of this book is in the detailed information on plants.
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What a fun book. Beautifully photographed, interesting information, great ideas. I like miniature gardening, mine is done in containers, so I appreciated plant suggestions, scale explanations and just the pleasure of looking at the pretty pictures. The book is bound nicely and the pictures are nice and big so details can be seen. Good job Janit Calvo!
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This beautiful guide to growing and tending small gardens should be on every 'bonsai' type gardeners shelf. The photographs are amazing and could double as a coffee table book. There is advice ranging from which type of container to use, which plants to add and to how many hour you plan to devote to it. These are all very important points to consider. Scaling is written about in detail and something that is not mentioned in many books. There is a detailed list of plants that will work in different lighting areas.If you love small gardens, or just want to bring nature a little closer on a small scale, this is your book !
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This is so detailed yet easy and clear to follow the instructions. What I love is the attention to scale and how real it all looks in a photo. Especially the in-ground gardens. This appeals to me on so many levels, gardening, miniatures, creativity, beauty, etc. I could go on forever. Love it.
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By donna on June 21, 2013
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I just finished the book and it was like going into little fantasy land. I learned everything I need to know how to get going on my own mini garden. It is truly fascinating . The only thing I would add is pictures of the plants listed that are the best for gardening, I kept going back and forth to identify plants. Picture and name would be very nice.
Bravo more please!
Donna B
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I never "got into" dollhouses--but when you put minatures and PLANTS together --this was a winner with me! I refer to the book often! Would recommend to others
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The gardens are too much alike, there are not enough pictures, and there is not enough specific plant information for each garden shown. I like a specific "list" of plants that are included in gardens. It is too general for my taste.
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I have known about for some time. I have perused her website many times, and I have been doing terrariums, and these mini gardens for quite some time. I found some of the information to be very good regarding scale, and how to's, and the only reason I am giving it 3 stars is that there was not one reference to resource materials that i could find. (for the adornments)
Over the years I have searched high and low, purused flea markets, online and standing shops to find treasures, but one thing I really look forward to in these manuals.....how to's.....is a great list of resources.
Many of the items she is using are available through wholesale suppliers, I know as I used to work for a retail garden center, And I know a lot of the companies out there, but inevitably, those who are in the business of doing this stuff, going to the shows, are aware of many resources, and I usually learn of a new one or two,but nothing here, and that was a bit dissapointing.
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