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Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World Paperback – June 18, 2013
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“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.” —Publishers Weekly
“It will draw beginning and experienced practitioners to this whimsical hobby as art.” —Booklist
“Adorable. . . . A pleasant escape that allows [one] to not just imagine a carefree and fanciful world, but also to build and experience it, too.” —Country Living
“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. . . . are all included in this helpful book.” —Birds & Blooms
“A pleasant escape that allows [one] to not just imagine a carefree and fanciful world, but also to build and experience it, too.” —Philadelphia Inquirer
“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.” —BookPage
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 160469372X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1604693720
- Dimensions : 7.5 x 0.63 x 8.13 inches
- Publisher : Timber Press; 1st Ed. edition (June 18, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #151,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So I tried 3 local nurseries, one a big box place. The people all told me that they didn't have a "miniature" section as she suggested in the book, and they weren't aware of having a miniature plants. At least with an appendix of specific plant names, I might have been able to get better help. It was a waste of money. I was initially thinking I would just use small plants, but she did successfully convince me that I shouldn't do that. I gave up and decided to use fake plants.
However, this reference book does not give enough advice for beginners, it's not for children or moms looking to do a project with her kids. This would definitely be for some one with an adult or some one with a green thumb.
Every page is packed full of wonderful photographs and ideas, you could really get lost in this art form. My favorite garden in the book was the pond in the pot, but many of her created gardens intrigued me.
If the bug of gardening in miniature hasn’t bitten you, this book will send you right over to the wee side, a place you will never regret going! This is a good book to get you started, or if you already have some under your belt, Calvo helps inspire you to create more.
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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For me, as a complete gardening novice, I was surprised and pleased at how much I learnt from this book about planting and growing at any size, miniature or not! There are lots of little bits of gardening info that another book on the subject might have neglected, yet it's never a dry read. The author has a nice descriptive style, providing lots of detailed advice without ever being dull. There are tonnes of gorgeous ideas in the photos, and very good guides on how to do specific texts.
Many beginners' books can be dull but not this one! It also has enough to offer a more experienced miniature gardener, with the inspiring images. It says everything that my copy is littered with post-it notes so I can follow up on so many wonderful ideas! It is also testament to its readability that this, a reference book, was my bedtime read!
I made a scene in a tiny "warehouse" with some plants, a margarine tub for a lake and a deckchair with a picknicking lady beside it. Not too bad for a 1st scene!