Each miniature garden is in a box and viewed through a glass window that is about 2 feet wide and a foot and a half high. The gardens are judged on how it represents a larger garden, with a scale of 1 inch equalling 1 foot, at least for the part in the foreground. Combining both horticulture and design on an intricate, scaled-down level, the results are impressive and amazing.
There were two entries at the Boston Flower Show this year. The first one, by Gloria Freitas Steidinger, is titled 'The Lot Was Pasteurized', and shows a charming scene of a home in the woods. It is complete with miniature lambs frisking through the front yard, a water feature with a swimming swan, miniature moose or elk surveying the scene from atop a cliff, and tractors resting in the nearby field.
I love all the little plants and moss that help create the scene. So cute!
The variety of plants used was astounding. It truly looked like a lush, miniature backyard garden, full of bushes, trees, vines, grasses, and even flowers. Can you believe this was all done with little tiny plants?
I wish I would have taken even more pictures of all the little details going on in the two gardens - it's worth clicking on the pictures above to enlarge them so you can see how many things are going on. The miniature gardens truly were enchanting, and just seeing them makes me itch to get some tiny plants and make a miniature garden of my own in a terrarium or something! I don't remember seeing the miniature gardens competition when I went to the Boston Flower Show last year, but from now on I know to be on the lookout. So charming!