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What You Need to DIY a Hypertufa Trough

August 2, 2018

In this trough-building method we’ll tackle creating a trough by forming it inside a mold. This is a viable, popular way to create beautiful planting vessels, and Lori Chips author of Hypertufa Containers has the expert advice you need.

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Creative trough making

August 2, 2018

Hypertufa containers—also known as troughs—are rustic, striking, versatile, and perfect for small, alpine plants. A mix of cement, perlite, peat, and water, they are simple and affordable to make at home. Here, Lori Chips describes how she fell in love with trough gardening and the inspiration for Hypertufa Containers.

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A haunted graveyard in miniature

October 11, 2017

Glowing jack-o’-lanterns, creaking porches, cobwebdraped windows and doors, and kids laughing and scaring each other willy-nilly are among the sights and sounds that make our spines tingle every October. Halloween is fun for everyone. But when it comes to the garden, full-size or miniature, there is only one very scary thing to make: a haunted […]

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A miniature Independence Day garden

June 27, 2017

There are a number of ways to represent summer in a miniature garden, and a special Fourth of July–themed miniature garden evokes a summertime gathering filled with food, family, and fireworks.

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An interview with Janit Calvo of Miniature Gardening Prop Shop

May 9, 2017

“It was my intention to make miniature gardening as accessible as possible because it is such a fun hobby to take up and it is genuinely feasible for anyone.”

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Miniatures for Mother’s Day

May 2, 2017

Instead of giving your mother an ordinary bouquet on her special day, why not make an adorable miniature arrangement, or create an entire garden filled with tiny bouquets?

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An interview with Karen Randall

March 9, 2017

“Terrestrial gardening gets us outdoors and in touch with nature in a very profound way. Aquatic gardening gives us the opportunity to keep our hands dirty (and wet) year round!” —Karen Randall

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The underwater worlds of aquatic gardening

February 7, 2017

It’s so easy to fall under the spell of a skillfully planted aquarium: it’s like peeking into a tropical forest, an enchanted meadow, or a miniature mountain range. In Sunken Gardens, Karen Randall explains how to plan, design, plant, and maintain a beautiful, thriving aquascape. Here are some of our favorite images of these strange and beautiful underwater worlds.

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Natural blackberry beads

February 1, 2017

Knowing your neighborhood can lead to beautiful dye colors! Blackberries can be foraged in both wild and urban areas. Blackberry leaves and stems produce shades of yellow to gray-greens to dark teal-gray, while the berries offer deep purples and pinks. Transform your textiles into treasures—wood beads, wool yarn, a silk dress, or preowned sweaters—starting with this […]

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Crafts that combine your love of books and plants

January 26, 2017

There is no shortage of Pinterest-worthy inspiration for decorating with plants or books, but what about innovative ways to spotlight plants and books? Enter the magical, miniature worlds of Terrarium Craft. With two crafts combining plants and books together, our home décor can flourish with life and literature.

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