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A Child's Garden


...is close to my heart. Here's a few things I've learned along the way:
1. Can be as simple as a circle of herbs in the ground or a themed herb patio pot
2. Keep in mind the child from small accessories to pruning like Dr. Seuss
3. Teach with it- the lessons of living and dying, the wild variety of textures & shapes living harmoniously...
4. Build your muscles & imagination with healthy harvests & faery stories
5. Invite wildlife attracting hummingbirds with sage, precious bees with thyme & hyssop and butterflies with parsley & sage

Here are some guessing games with herbs you might have in your child's garden:

What plant smells like....ANSWER...
dirty socks? CILANTRO
grandma's perfume ROSE SCENTED GERANIUM
lemons? LEMON VERBENA or THYME

What herbs are... ANSWER
soft? LAMB'S EAR
velvety? PEPPERMINT SCT. GERANIUM
crispy? PEPPER BASIL

What herbs look like... ANSWER
brown & feathery? BRONZE FENNEL
a pine tree? ROSEMARY
seaweed? SAMPHIRE

Most of all, please do not re-plant or re-space your child's work. That's part of the learning as well. ENJOY!



A Faery Garden? How to make one.

A Faery Garden? How to make one.


1. Think location. Do you have a child or a visiting child that has a favorite hiding area? Ben and Joshua chose a spot years ago on the shady, north side of our barn that had some weedy “Box Elders” and lots of rocks! That’s where it went. Anywhere is fine, granted, it’s a treasured “secret spot.”

2. Ponder what plants qualify as “Wee Folk” worthy. While the only limits are your imagination, classics include the traditional Cicely Mary Barker plants like “Cowslip Primrose, Double Daisies, Ragged Robin,” and many others. We’re guided by plants that are fairly small, have delicate blossoms, are usually hardy perennials, (“Elfin Herb’s” a sweet exception), tolerate at least a little shade (for those secret places), and have a good flowering span from spring through fall.

3. Most importantly, take time for soil preparation. Extra humusy, organic material is always good.

4. Embellish. Gather twigs and moss for faery houses and furniture. Look in your couch for marbles. They make terrific gazing balls.




A G-Scale Railroad Garden


Garden Railroads are America’s hottest new hobby. Larger than the traditional indoor Christmas train, these weather-proof models run outdoors throughout gardens that are landscaped with miniature plants appropriate for this scale (G-scale). Small buildings and roads are added to create some amazingly realistic worlds. Interested? Then you have to check out “Garden Railways” magazine. Call 800-533-6644 for a trial subscription. Amazing photos.

O.K. for you railroad gardeners, here is a partial listing of suggested plants and how they can be used for your miniature world. Most are appropriate for a broad range of train scales. Look through our entire miniature section to determine the particular varieties listed, their hardiness and special qualities. Full grown versions of plants normally will NOT work in railroad settings, stone troughs or faery gardens. Don't forget the herbs for your RxR garden.

Most of the Thymes, mini Basils, Dwarf Curry, and hey even Parsley are great as well.




Aeonium, Irish Eyes

Aeonium sedifolium
Cold Tolerance: Zone 8a 9a 9b-11
Light: Sun-P.Sun to P.Sun
Height: 6in.
Water: Dry-Normal
Soil: Sandy-Loamy
Flowers: Early Summer to Late Spring
Common Uses:Container, Houseplants, Miniature/Faery Garden
This miniature rosette ""Aeonium"" of bright green foliage can be a favorite on next year's St. Patrick's Day. Because of its thumb-sized rosettes on 4"" woody stem, it makes a no hassle ""Jar Gem"" as well as a tree in miniature desert landscapes. $ 4.99

Alternanthera, Gold Threads

Alternanthera ficoidea 'Aurea Nana'
Cold Tolerance: Zone 9b-11
Light: P. Shade - P. Sun
Height: 8 x 8 inches
Water: Normal
Soil: Sandy-Loamy
Common Uses:Terrariums, Shady RxR Gardens
Alternanthera are popular in public gardens because of the colorful show they perform in mass and their tolerance of pruning shears. Allow it to be a golden tropical tree or trim the top for a bushy annual specimen outdoors in the faery or railroad landscape. $ 0.00

Anacyclus- Silver Kisses

Anacyclus pyrethrum var. 'Depressa Compacta'
Cold Tolerance: Zone 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a
Light: Full Sun to P.Sun
Height: 2in. X 2 ft.
Water: Dry-Normal
Soil: Sandy-Loamy
Common Uses:Alpine Rockery, Garden Railroads, Groundcover, Hedges/Shrubs, Miniature/Faery Garden, Walk About


Peek under the silvery foliage and you'll find a red hue that is repeated in the buds which eventually open to a typical, but much smaller daisy of white petals and yellow centers. Together, the plant won't reach beyond your ankles. $ 4.99

Animal -BUTTERFLY 1632-44


Common Uses:Miniature/Faery Garden
$ 0.50

Animal -CRAB 1642-41


Common Uses:Miniature/Faery Garden
$ 0.50

Animal -FROG 3-4-inch Claydough

Animal -FROG 3-4-inch Claydough

Cold Tolerance: Zone 1 11
Common Uses:Miniature/Faery Garden
$ 0.50

Animal -FROG Fimo Lime-Yellow


Common Uses:Miniature/Faery Garden
$ 0.50

Animal -FROG Real Looking


Common Uses:Miniature/Faery Garden
$ 0.50

Animal -LADY BUG


Common Uses:Miniature/Faery Garden
$ 0.50

Animal -ROCK TURTLE 1625-10


Common Uses:Miniature/Faery Garden
$ 0.50

Animal -SEAGULL


Common Uses:Miniature/Faery Garden
$ 0.50

Animal -SEAHORSE1642-43


Common Uses:Miniature/Faery Garden
$ 0.50

Animal -STARFISH 1-2-inch

Animal -STARFISH 1-2-inch

Cold Tolerance: Zone 1 11
Common Uses:Miniature/Faery Garden
$ 0.50

Animal -TURTLE flat back-Fimo

Animal -TURTLE flat back-Fimo

Cold Tolerance: Zone 1 11
Common Uses:Miniature/Faery Garden
$ 0.50

Animal -TURTLE Lime  1-inch Claydough each

Animal -TURTLE Lime 1-inch Claydough each

Cold Tolerance: Zone 1 11
Common Uses:Miniature/Faery Garden
$ 0.50

Arenaria,

Arenaria ledebouriana
Cold Tolerance: Zone 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 9a
Light: P.Shade-P.Sun to P.Sun
Height: 1/2in. groundcover
Water: Wet-Normal
Soil: Sandy-Loamy
Common Uses:Alpine Rockery, Garden Railroads, Miniature/Faery Garden, Walk About
$ 4.99

Arenaria, Micro Lawn

Arenaria balearica
Cold Tolerance: Zone 6b 7a 7b 8a 9a 9b-11
Light: P.Shade-P.Sun to P.Sun
Height: 1/2 inch
Water: Wet-Normal
Soil: Organic-Loamy
Common Uses:Alpine Rockery, Garden Railroads, Miniature/Faery Garden, Walk About
Rivals only ""True Elfin Thyme"" for the tightest, lowest, most micro-leaved groundcover we've spyed. Perfect ""Walk-About"" for those too sunny OR not sunny enough pathways. Because it needs good drainage and frequent water, it is the ideal lawn for mini landscapes and railroad gardens. Thyme-sized, white flowers decorate the foliage like frosting buds on a cake. $ 4.99

Artemisia, Tiny Green

Artemisia viridis 'Tiny Green'
Cold Tolerance: Zone 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 9a
Light: Full Sun to P.Sun
Height: 2in. x 8
Water: Dry-Normal
Soil: Sandy
Flowers: Middle Summer
Common Uses:Alpine Rockery, Garden Railroads, Groundcover, Miniature/Faery Garden, Walk About


Shrink a ""Silver Mound"" artemesia to a 2"" bush, turn it greenish gray and you have this equally soft, fine textured cousin. Sweet fragarance and, for an Artemisia, it seems to handle the summer humidity pretty darn well. $ 4.99

Baby Tears, Golden

Baby Tears, Golden

Soleirolia soleirollii 'Aurea'
Cold Tolerance: Zone 8a 9a 9b-11
Light: P.Shade-P.Sun to Shade
Height: 1in. groundcover
Water: Wet-Normal
Soil: Organic
Common Uses:Garden Railroads, Groundcover, Houseplants, Miniature/Faery Garden, Shade, Walk About


Golden Baby Tears is a bright gold version of the popular houseplant. Micro leaves create a magical ground cover for railroad gardeners in the south, year round, and a standard for lawns in mini landscapes in the north, inside in winter & outside each spring. $ 4.99

Babys Breath, Pink Faery Flower

Gypsophilia repens rosea
Cold Tolerance: Zone 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a
Light: Full Sun
Height: 4h x 6w inches
Water: Normal
Soil: Sandy-Loamy
Common Uses:Mini Shrub
Frothy mounds of airy, pale pink flowers cover semi-evergreen, low lying foliage, summer through fall. $ 0.00

Bamboo, Wooster's Dwarf

Pleioblastus pygmaea disticha 'Woosters Dwarf'
Cold Tolerance: Zone 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 9a 9b-11
Light: P.Shade-P.Sun to Shade
Height: 4in. groundcover
Water: Normal
Soil: Organic
Flowers: No
Common Uses:Alpine Rockery, Garden Railroads, Groundcover, Hedges/Shrubs, Miniature/Faery Garden, Shade, Walk About


What!? 4"", HARDY bamboo? Impossible, but perfectly true for cold, shady gardens as groundcover or with miniature hostas in troughs. Fills the bill for sorely needed vertical interest with an exotic, Asian touch. $ 4.99

Basket, wicker Large


Common Uses:Miniature/Faery Garden
$ 0.50

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