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Mini Gardens & Terrariums 2016Mini Gardens & Terrariums 2016

Mini Gardens & Terrariums 2016

Mini Gardens & Terrariums 2016 - Special

The fascinating world of gardens in miniature has never been more popular! Enabling large ideas and full-scale creativity in small spaces, they can be alluring, enchanting, and mesmerizing. From alpine troughs and fairy gardens to edible microgreens and terrariums, we celebrate less-than-large gardens and plants. Fairy gardens – a new take on an old favorite, the terrarium – are tiny worlds complete with miniature furnishings, fairy-scale plants, and plenty of mystique. Just a touch of inspiration, a cute container, some plants, and a few accessories are all it takes to get the magic of a miniature garden growing.

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United States
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English
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Meredith Corporation
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gardening

FAIRYLAND DESTINATION Fans of fairies will be interested to know that Ann Arbor, Michigan, has a unique relationship with all things fairy-related. Starting about 10 years ago, public fairy doors started to appear on the exterior of downtown businesses. Today, there are more than 20 doors—built for creatures less than 15 centimeters tall—and some of these diminutive doors offer those curious enough to peek inside a glimpse into a miniature diorama of fairy domesticity (visit urban-fairies.com). And tucked into the woods overlooking The Peony Garden at the University of Michigan’s Nichols Arboretum, visitors will find a sign directing them to a “Fairy Woods and Troll Hollow,” where children can make their own miniature fairy house out of twigs and bark and other natural materials (visit lsa.umich.edu). THEY SAY THE GARDENING GENE tends…

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everlasting fairies

English artist Cicely Mary Barker created dozens of garden fairy images, making everything about them as true and charming as she could imagine. Neighborhood children and real plants were the models for her books of illustration and verse published over five decades, beginning in the 1920s. The enduring popularity of Barker’s fairy illustrations, and the fantasies they inspire, speak to everyone’s occasional need to imagine a sweeter and less difficult world. And isn’t that what fairies are for?…

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your own little world

Mossy Fantasy Fill a large round planter bowl with potting soil. Cut the stems of dried lotus pods (painted or natural) to 2 inches, and insert them in the soil to create a pod pathway. Surround the pathway with assorted dried or live mosses and natural dried floral materials, such as tall okra pods, dried mushrooms, and a bell cup or two. Nestle three small preserved moss spheres in a cluster. Create a tiny arbor by bending several lengths of grapevine into an arch, wiring the vines together at the ends. Push the ends into the soil, burying them 2–4 inches deep. Plant with pink polka-dot plant (Hypoestes spp.), purple waffle plant (Hemigraphis spp.), and trailing variegated Vinca. Tuck a friendly frog figurine in the bell cup, and set the planter…

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hello, baby!

A MENAGERIE OF MORE than a dozen vintage ceramic duck, bunny, and lamb planters overwinters in my closet, cozily mulched in tissue paper. When I’m ready for spring, I unswaddle them, making the foolish cooing sounds that are perfectly acceptable around babies of any kind. Hunting and gathering garden-theme collectibles is perennially delightful, just like discovering a new musthave plant. I get the same acquisitional rush from both. I met the first member of my ceramic menagerie, a wee bunny with a cabbage, in a local antiques mall. One glance at the sweet pink dots of glaze on its cheeks and the soulful, liquid eyes, and I was $6 poorer—a proud new mama. I soon found a similar planter. The glaze colors were slightly different: aqua-blue instead of mint-green cabbage leaves.…

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tiny worlds under glass

From the prime people-watching possibilities to the soothing vistas, it proved the perfect escape from the city. You wish it could have lasted forever—and that’s where Katy Maslow and Michelle Inciarrano come in, because they can downsize your driftwood memories and distill them into a verdant tabletop jar. At Twig, their shop in Brooklyn, outdoor memories are condensed and tucked within terrariums. If you want zany, they can do that. And if you have a dark side, they can stopper that in glass also. Not only is the look fresh, but the scenes also offer an invitation to exhale. Twig’s signature style is to carpet the container with moss, because it opens up a clear playing field for the scene and its characters. Moss also is soft, seductive, and luscious—in an…

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budding romance

BUDDING BRANCHES forced into leaf and bloom in early spring make the heart sing. But there’s no need to cut long branches, particularly when your shrubs are very young or small—you’ll still want them to look great in the garden when spring actually arrives. It is perfectly fine to cut short twigs and tips, from 8 to 24 inches long, when forcing them to bud. Forsythia branches and pussy willows are the most commonly forced plants, but many other ornamental shrubs and trees will delight when cut in late winter and coaxed into bloom. Consider crabapples, pears, yellow- or redtwig dogwood, quince, witch hazel, serviceberry, lilac, magnolia, or birch for forcing. Short stems combined with just one or two cut flowers are all you need to make a joyful impact in…

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