A revealing peek into the captivating world of gardening in miniature, complete with inspiring photos and practical step-by-step instructions. A delightful, fun, and endlessly creative new trend is sweeping the gardening world: miniature gardening! With your imagination as the only limit to this infinitely customizable technique, miniature gardening showcases your individuality. Once you've learned how to design, create, and grow tiny plant combinations successfully, you'll be able to let your creativity loose indoors and out. In Miniature Gardens, gardening expert Katie Elzer-Peters demonstrates the latest in plant options and designs through her gorgeous color photography and laser-focused Do-It-Yourself advice. Plenty of great tips and idea-generating information on small-scale furnishings are included as well. Where other books on this popular subject offer run-of-the-mill images and only limited how-to information, Miniature Gardens gives you a thorough and beautiful window into this tiny world, from fairy gardening to dish gardening, terrariums, and even a miniature water garden project. From cute home tabletop designs to elaborate mini-villages and everything in between, miniature gardening is a pastime that can be enjoyed by hobbyists and families of all ages and in all sizes of living space. With Miniature Gardens, you're just a lightning strike of inspiration away from bringing to life the endless creations unique to your own imagination.
Katie Elzer-Peters is a horticulturist who writes gardening books, blogs, and articles. A resident of Wilmington, North Carolina, she also teaches classes and runs workshops dedicated to gardening and garden writing. She has an MS degree in public garden management and has published several renowned books with Cool Springs Press.
"Miniature is the next gardening movement. Tiny gardens, creative terrariums, and container planting are all covered in this fun title. Elzer-Peters, horticulturist and gardening author, provides a great introduction. Drawing on the author's considerable expertise, the book covers design, plant selection, containers, themes and decorations, and plant care. Following these basics is coverage of 14 sample gardens, illustrating construction and tying all elements together. Also included is a list of resources for supplies. Illustrations are large and clear, with lots of useful step-by-step instructions for creation of the minigardens. VERDICT The strength of this work is the plant information and the skill of Elzer-Peters. The project garden samples are certainly doable, but designs like those in Janit Calvo's Gardening in Miniature and Michelle Inciarrano and Katy Maslow's Tiny World Terrariums are more inspired and more fanciful. Still, one can't have a garden of any sort without the foundation provided here. Highly recommended for adults and teens alike." Library Journal
"Gardening in miniature allows people to create whole worlds in one or two square feet of a container or larger garden. In addition to this "dollhouse" approach, it's a way to enjoy plants requiring conditions different from what main gardens can provide, and to experiment with a variety of landscaping styles on a small, affordable scale. Mini-gardening's basics emphasize scale, contrast, repetition, focal point, and theme. Elzer-Peters provides practical, step-by-step instructions, including tips on plant shopping and using indoor/outdoor containers, as well as building a fairy house. Her coverage gets quite fanciful in its combination of the concrete and the imaginative as she offers directions for creating mini-gardens involving little beaches, zombie lands, and all kinds of fairy settings, using a fun range of possibilities. She suggests utilizing tiny benches, and annuals for shade trees, while miniature hosta species and Scotch moss replicate shrubs in "Grandma's Garden," a retro backyard complete with arbor and birdhouse. Lavishly illustrated throughout with full-color photos, this guide also boasts detailed plant profiles, a sources list, and an index, giving it broad appeal to mainstream gardeners who fancy small-scale horticulture." — Booklist