The miniature garden photograph that started it all in 2000. This scene is 10 1/2" wide and fooled one of the top horticulturalists at the nursery I was working at. When she thought it was a full-sized garden, I knew I had something.
About World-Renown Expert and Author,
Janit Calvo & Two Green Thumbs
All miniature garden roads lead back to Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center.
While the hobby of miniature gardening itself is not new, we're the ones who brought it to the marketplace starting in 2001 and made it accessible to everyone. We're the ones that have been spreading the joy of miniature gardening through any channel that we can. We're the one taking notes, creating databases, compiling libraries and documenting the growth of this new hobby. We're the ones blogging weekly through or Mini Garden Guru blog, sharing daily on all the main social media channels, sending out our Mini Garden Gazette newsletter out each week and constantly coming up with new, new, new.
Competing businesses model our business and made-in-China-gift manufacturers constantly look to us for new ideas and products to add to their profits each season so yes - you will see it here first.
THAT'S why we created our new members-only website, you'll find all our work and more inside the new MiniatureGardenSociety.com, it's a safe place to create and share for all like-minded miniature gardeners created by the Queen of All Things Miniature Gardening, Janit Calvo.
We're currently renovating this About Us page. Meanwhile, here are some photos from our Miniature Garden Story.
One of the first prototypes for the greeting card line.
The more I got to know how a miniature garden grew together, the more I understood that a few basic planting rules combined with a few valuable miniaturist's rules, would keep from having to rebuild the garden each season.
Oh Joy! Oh Bliss!
At the Fremont Sunday Market in the freezing December temperatures testing our ideas - and our resilience!
Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Wenatchee, Mulkiteo, Everett, Edmonds, Fremont, Kirkland, Woodinville, Lake Forest Park, Tacoma, Bellevue, Beaux Arts, West Seattle, Leischi, Spokane - the tour list is endless. Needless to say, we burned ourselves out on the show circuit. All our efforts are now online only.
Small and large victories, like our second Best of Show award at the Seattle Miniature Show above, kept me motivated and focused. In fact, anytime I felt like hanging it up and getting a "real job," I got a phone call, email or card from a customer thanking me for introducing them to such an enjoyable hobby.
I've set up in people's kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms, back decks, back yards, museums, office buildings, empty storefronts, and of course, numerous garden and miniature shows... my next business idea will have something to do with feather boas - or something equally lightweight!