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Gardening in Miniature

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What is it that draws the heart and eye to things smaller than real life? Perhaps it's that our childhood toys were miniatures. We delighted in projecting ourselves into those small worlds, and when we see miniatures, we feel that delight again.

'What is it that draws the heart and eye to things smaller than real life? Perhaps that our childhood toys were miniatures. We delighted to project ourselves into those small worlds, and when we see miniatures, we feel that delight again.' From Gardening in Miniature by Janit Calvo [Timber Press]

The sense of wonder that comes over us can be potent. When you create the story, set the scene, and place the props, you bring that innocent pleasure back into your adult life. Really, hobbies just give us permission to play again.

'The sense of wonder that comes over us can be potent. When you create the story, set the scene, and place the props, you bring that innocent pleasure back into your adult life. Really, hobbies just give us permission to play again.' From Gardening in Miniature by Janit Calvo [Timber Press]

From that initial spark comes the challenge of figuring out how to perfect the illusion—resizing from big to small in flawless scale, hunting for and utilizing believable materials, mastering techniques that will both trick and delight the eye.

'From that initial spark comes the challenge of figuring out how to perfect the illusion—resizing from big to small in flawless scale, hunting for and utilizing believable materials, mastering techniques that will both trick and delight the eye.' From Gardening in Miniature by Janit Calvo [Timber Press]

A miniature garden scene is enchanting because you automatically start building a story about it. You ask yourself, what's going on here? Who are those chairs for? What kind of party is that little table set for? What is the occasion?

'A miniature garden scene is enchanting because you automatically start building a story about it. You ask yourself, what's going on here? Who are those chairs for? What kind of party is that little table set for? What is the occasion?' From Gardening in Miniature by Janit Calvo [Timber Press]

Gardening is part of our psyche even more than our fascination with miniaturization. To blend both is to open up limitless possibilities for bringing dreamscapes, wonderlands, and enchanting places to life, in no small way.

'Gardening is part of our psyche even more than our fascination with miniaturization. To blend both is to open up limitless possibilities for bringing dreamscapes, wonderlands, and enchanting places from our imaginations to vibrant life, in no small way.' From Gardening in Miniature by Janit Calvo [Timber Press]

Miniature gardening is that intimately creative sweet spot where craft and gardening intersect; it can spur your imagination like no other hobby. Best of all, you can bring the garden of your dreams to life in one afternoon, sitting at your kitchen table.

'Miniature gardening is that sweet spot where craft and gardening intersect at such an intimately creative place; it can spur your imagination like no other hobby. Best of all, you can bring the garden of your dreams to life in one afternoon, sitting at your kitchen table.' From Gardening in Miniature by Janit Calvo [Timber Press]

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More about the book

Journey into the huge world of growing small!

Gardening in Miniature is a complete guide to creating lush, living, small-scale gardens. It has everything you need: projects and designs, tips on care and maintenance, techniques for creating tiny patios and paths, and advice on choosing the right accessories, plants, and containers.

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