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Miniature gardening

By: Kristen Burnside, Harding Nursery
May 8, 2017 Updated: May 8, 2017 at 2:59 pm
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Miniature gardening is the creation of small scale garden-scapes, which can be modeled after a dream garden or even a dream destination. Miniature gardens can be planned out step-by-step, or pieced together spontaneously. Similar to a traditional garden, miniature gardens can change with the seasons and new additions can be made. These gardens are also a great way to get children interested in gardening and allow them to use their creativity while spending time with their family.

Building the gardens take a number of different steps starting with a good container – preferably one with drainage – and then adding soil. The next step would be to choose a theme for the garden. This is an important step, as it will make the rest of the decisions regarding the course and design of the garden easier. Your theme can be anything from fairies, to gnomes, to beach-inspired, to Zen, to forest, or perhaps a reminder garden from a special trip or vacation. Next, pick out furniture and accessories, which can be bought, made or found, that complement the theme.

Select an area to place the garden, sunny or shady, inside or outside, then select the plants based on the location’s specific light and temperature requirements. Use a mixture of tall and short plants and add finishing touches such as gravel, mulch, stepping stones, clothes line, gazing ball, fence or a water feature.

Anything can be used to make the garden special or meaningful. Happy Gardening!

To learn more, visit with our expert gardening staff at Harding Nursery, 721 N. Powers Blvd, Colorado Springs.

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