Lights, Camera, Action! Philadelphia Flower Show, Part 2

Japanese miniature garden

Japanese miniature garden

Mini Landscapes

My favorite part of the Philadelphia Flower Show is always the mini landscapes and settings. There is something about the attention to detail and scale that has always attracted me.

Top prize for mini landscapes went to the outstanding Japanese garden above which really inspired me to create one just like it, as I already have a Japanese dollhouse from when I was little. They would go perfect together!

Mini garden with colorful Begonias

Mini garden with colorful Begonias

Mini garden with gazebo

Mini garden with gazebo

Log cabin in the woods mini garden

Log cabin in the woods mini garden

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This musical mini landscape was planted in a guitar!

 

My favorite mini garden from last year

My favorite mini garden from last year

Closeup of the easel and painting

 

People young and old enjoy these miniature landscapes, and I had a full house when I did my “Tinkerbelle and Beyond” demo of miniature gardens with a very happy helper.

 

My helper created a complete fairy setting  and took it home to enjoy

My helper created a complete fairy setting and took it home to enjoy

Doing my demo at the Gardeners Studio on miniature gardens

Doing my demo at the Gardeners Studio on miniature gardens

Miniature Settings

Waiting in a long line to view the miniature settings, I could see people bend down to get a better view in front of the viewing window and exclaim with delight. The line moved slowly because of the amount of detail to absorb and the pictures to take.

Winning exhibit for drama

Winning exhibit for drama

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The setting for Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’ was the blue ribbon winner in the drama category

 

For a great blog on the techniques used to set these up, go to Flower Show Miniature Settings. The people who put these together go to a lot of work in ageing their  objects so that they don’t appear brand spanking new, with scratching, color washes, and even eye shadow! The Alfred Hitchcock setting was put together with sheets of cut polystyrene.

People who take on the job of creating these work on them for months, literally starting as soon as the current flower show is over.

Enchanted April setting

Enchanted April setting

Little shop of Horrors

Little shop of Horrors

With only two classes, drama and fantasy, and five exhibits in each, these settings drew a lot of viewers to see the interpretations of the movies along with of course-Plants!! A variety of plants were used – succulents, cactus, tiny house plants and even seedlings. I read on the blog, Flower Show Miniature Settings, that people have learned to use fast growing seeds, like cat grass, chia, or turf grass to add instant greenery.

E.T. miniature setting

E.T. miniature setting

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Gone With the Wind

Gone With the Wind

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

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Hollywood Goes to the Dogs

Hollywood Goes to the Dogs

 The Philadelphia Flower Show ends on Sunday, March 7, so you still have time to go see it. Go to The Flower Show for more information about tickets and times.

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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5 Responses to Lights, Camera, Action! Philadelphia Flower Show, Part 2

  1. Of Gardens says:

    Nothing like a good flower show – this minature garden is a treat

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  2. Linda T says:

    Once again a very interesting blog Claire. Love seeing the pictures of the miniature gardens. Amazing how much work and time goes into one of these detailed little gardens. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. There are some very creative minds on this planet!!! I love these. I’m going to pin them all later when I get home. I have to get the big garden going first but I really want to do up my mini and add a few more. Thanks.

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  4. Rose says:

    These are amazing–so much detail in each one! I’m glad the Japanese garden won a blue ribbon, because I’m partial to it, too. Two years ago, I had planned to create a fairy garden outdoors, but found a pagoda at the nursery center and decided to make a miniature Japanese garden instead. My granddaughter has had fun helping me re-create it each year.

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