Miniature Christmas Garden Craze

 

Globe terrarium

Globe terrarium

Globe terrarium sitting on a Hopkins desk top

Globe terrarium sitting on a Hopkins desk top

Maybe it is just me. Since I had an order for 40 of my miniature gardens as gifts at the local Johns Hopkins for the staff of one of the hospitals, I am going crazy with Christmas decorating in miniature. Instead of  dreaming about sugarplums, I’m dreaming of miniature gardens in an endless line that I am decorating! I love making these small creations that people can enjoy for months to come.

I love this little footed terrarium for tiny scenes

I love this little footed terrarium for tiny scenes

For my popular posts on making miniature gardens, go to Miniature Gardens-Whimisical Creations, Fairy Gardens, and Fairytale Christmas.

Mini garden with gnome

Mini garden with gnome

It merely takes a small glass terrarium container, bonsai pot, or low terra cotta container and you can make your own. For materials, I use small Christmas balls, reindeer moss, miniatures, sheet moss, and small potted plants from a local nursery. I use either woodland plants for a moist container or succulents for a drier one.

Gnome home

Gnome home

For details on making gnome homes in a cut away pot, go to Gnome Home.  You need to cut a chunk out of a terra cotta pot to create this and I give you instructions on how to cut the pot.

Woodland garden

Woodland garden

Mini succulent garden

Mini succulent garden

A succulent container that you would keep on the dry side

A succulent container that you would keep on the dry side

A woodland Christmas scene that you would water a little more

A woodland Christmas scene that you would water a little more

All of the plants will get much larger and can be kept in bounds for at least a year. Transplanting and replanting would be in order when the plants grow too large for the container and you could keep the planter going for several years or more.

Christmas miniature garden

A larger Christmas garden

I used this Christmas tree ornament for a tiny snowman

I used this Christmas tree ornament for a tiny snowman

Step By Step

Step by step for making miniature gardens

Step by step for making miniature gardens

  • Place potting soil in container with drainage: Alternatively, if you have a glass type terrarium, place gravel in bottom with some horticultural charcoal ( few tablespoons, available at garden centers)

  •  Plant a variety of plants with different textures and colors, starting with the largest ones first; I used from 3 to 5 plants for each small garden

  • If a woodland garden, I like to place moss in between the plants to hide soil; If a succulent garden, place small gravel on surface

  • Place any pathways, ornaments, reindeer moss, or gnomes at the very end; I like to use colored glass chunks for added color

  • Water thoroughly until the soil is saturated and place in a filtered sun spot for woodland scenes and full sun for succulent ones

  • For care, I stick my finger down into the soil to see if it is moist or not; For succulent gardens in the winter water every few weeks, and for woodland ones, water about once a week, depending on how warm and dry your house is

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Mini gardens dropped off at  Johns Hopkins

Mini gardens dropped off at Johns Hopkins

About thegardendiaries

Claire Jones is a landscape and floral designer and owner of Claire Jones Landscapes, LLC. She designs and helps people to create their own personal outdoor oasis and loves to write about her gardening failures and successes.
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8 Responses to Miniature Christmas Garden Craze

  1. Claire, these are absolutely precious! I love how you tailored these with different types of plants and different environments. What beautiful holiday spirit. All of the recipients are so fortunate to have the gift of your artistry! WG

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  2. I loved every one of them. My sister let my air plant die while I was gone. How can that happen? So I’m playing catch up. I’ll keep this for next Christmas when I can breathe again.

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  3. Neta says:

    Wow, I can’t imagine making 40 of these. The hard part for the recipients will be choosing one!

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  4. Janie Young says:

    These are absolutely incredible! Fantastic idea, next year I will have to try something like this. I have so much to try next year, my kids gave me a book called Digging Deep by Fran Sorin, what a great book!! I recommend. Her gardening prowess is unmatched. fransorin.com is where her site is. Again, these miniatures are lovely!

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  5. Beautifull I love this

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