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February 6, 2013 / Otten Bros. Garden Center and Landscaping

Miniature Garden Farm

The frog king looked down on this miniature garden paradise and decided he needed a caretaker.

Frog King garden stake

Frog King garden stake

 

So he added a farmer.

Spring Wheat Farmer

Spring Wheat Farmer

 

And other frogs joined in to help farm the spring wheat crop.

Frog with watering can

Frog with watering can

 

And they had  kids.

Frog family in their yard

Frog family in their yard

 

And soon an entire frog village sprang up and they all worked together to farm the spring wheat.

Village of spring wheat farmers

Village of spring wheat farmers

 

Visit this miniature spring wheat farm in person at Otten Bros. Garden Center and Landscaping, or, find these frogs available online at shop.ottenbros.com.

February 4, 2013 / Otten Bros. Garden Center and Landscaping

A Miniature Fairy Garden Designed In White

For a formal look in your miniature garden, decorate with white.  Begin at the front door.

Front door with trellis gate

Front door with trellis gate

 

Create a white stone path for fairies and gnomes.

Gnome on a path with his wheelbarrow  full of stones

Gnome on a path with his wheelbarrow full of stones

 

This path runs past a fountain where a fairy is resting.

Fountain with fairy

Fountain with fairy

 

The path continues past the fountain, through a garden…

Path through gardens

Path through gardens

 

to a lake and gazebo in the distance.

Path leading to a lake

Path leading to a lake

 

There’s a gnome on a bridge, gazing in to the lake,

Gnome by a bridge near the lake

Gnome by a bridge near the lake

 

while several curious bunnies peek out of the bushes.

Bunnies in the bushes

Bunnies in the bushes

 

The gazebo is a comfortable place to rest at the end of the path.

Gazebo

Gazebo

 

A pristine white miniature garden creates a magical experience for all who happen upon it.

Angelic boy with pearl sitting on a white wire loveseat

Angelic boy with pearl sitting on a white wire loveseat

 

Purchase these items and more at Otten Bros. Garden Center and Landscaping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 27, 2013 / Otten Bros. Garden Center and Landscaping

Miniature Gardening: A Cottage In The Woods

This miniature garden was built for gnomes and fairies who prefer a woodsy cottage environment.  The landscape is heavily wooded with ivy and miniature ferns and fairy garden plants.  The ground cover is moss and wood bark with polished stones for a path.

Cottage in the woods

Cottage in the woods

Gnomes populate this woods.  They pan for gold as evidenced by the wheel barrow filled with shiny gold pieces.

Wheelbarrow full of gold and gnome

Wheelbarrow full of gold and gnome

This gnome has ridden his bicycle down to a lovely spot to have a campfire in the woods.

Campfire in the woods

Campfire in the woods

A wire arbor with pedestal entrance is a relaxing retreat.  An air plant is a perfect decoration in a bucket on top of one pedestal.

Arbor in the woods

Arbor in the woods

A beautiful blue glass pond offers a serene setting for a fairy to rest on the bridge.

Fairy on a bridge

Fairy on a bridge

The gnomes have erected this Purple Martin house in the woods.

Purple Martin house in the woods

Purple Martin house in the woods

Lush plantings really create the scene for any miniature garden.  Use large size plants to create a wooded effect and miniature plants to accentuate small garden scenes.  See these and other miniature garden accessories here.

Cottage in the woods with a wheelbarrow full of gold

Cottage in the woods with a wheelbarrow full of gold

January 22, 2013 / Otten Bros. Garden Center and Landscaping

Miniature Garden Hardscape and Landscaping

Cast stone door front and walls.

Cast stone door front and walls.

When building a miniature garden, begin by laying out the main focal features and hardscape first.  In this case it’s a cast stone door buried in to the side of a hill to become a berm home, along with a stone wall creating a yard space.

Limestone steppers

Limestone steppers

Additional hardscape was added when a limestone slab was broken in to smaller pieces and then buried in to the side of the  hill to create a stepping stone path up to a fountain at the top of the hill.

Fountain

Fountain

This miniature cast stone fountain placed  at the top of the hill is the focal point of this hilltop garden.

Plantings along stairway

Plantings along stairway

Once the hardscape is set, plant miniature fairy garden plants around the stone work as miniature shrubs and trees.

Plantings around walkway

Plantings around walkway

The plants soften the look of the stone and add interest.

Plantings around fountain

Plantings around fountain

Use plants that are suited to the environment in which they will live; certain areas require plants that can handle a lot of moisture and some plants such as cactus and succulents prefer drier conditions.

Furnishings arranged with plantings

Furnishings arranged with plantings

Once the main trees and shrubs have been planted, arrange furnishings and accessories.  Set out plants around these pieces as well to get an idea of how the finished garden will look.

Planted and accessorized furnishings

Planted and accessorized furnishings

If you like the arrangement, plant it and add moss as ground cover and accents such as stones and pebbles.

Planted and landscaped door front and yard

Planted and landscaped door front and yard

Spanish moss softens the outer edge of this retaining wall while preserved sheet moss creates a nice grassy lawn look.  Gnome characters were added to complete the garden which has been planted with succulents and edged with polished stones.

Limestone steppers planted and accessorized

Limestone steppers planted and accessorized

The limestone steps were tucked in with preserved green reindeer moss and pebbles while softened with Spanish moss as a prairie grass  shoulder.  A cement post lantern accessorizes and lights the path for fairies and gnomes.

Added garden with birdbath

Added garden with bird bath

Several smaller garden areas were cut in to the hillside.  This garden was planted with ferns as a contrasting foliage and mulched with white polished stones.  A concrete bird bath was added and filled with blue crushed glass.

Pond garden

Pond garden

This fairy has found a small pond oasis tucked in to the hillside.  The pond feature is filled with aqua blue tumbled glass.

Birdbath garden

Bird bath garden

Each little vignette adds interest to the garden as a whole and helps to capture the overall miniature world feel we strive to achieve.

Arbor garden

Arbor garden

The characters you choose to add to the miniature garden are the final pieces and can be relocated in the garden as you choose.  Children often like to move the fairies, gnomes and animals from place to place.

Lookout garden

Lookout garden

This gnome has a pebble path to his lookout perch above his stone hillside home.

Full hillside photo

Full hillside photo

The garden comes together with a unified look if you first begin by laying out the hardscape, secondly plant around it, thirdly use ground covering such as mosses, and lastly add stones and accessories to complete the picture.

Giant mouse in thegarden

Giant mouse in the garden

Even this mythical giant mouse doesn’t seem too far-fetched in this enchanted garden.

Visit our garden center for these pieces and more miniature garden hardscape and accessories.

November 2, 2012 / Otten Bros. Garden Center and Landscaping

Decorate A Miniature Fairy Garden For Christmas

Fairies and gnomes love change just like we do.

Frog prince on a garden stake

Frog prince on a garden stake

 

They enjoy decorating for the holidays.

Gnome's home door

Gnome’s home door

 

They hang wreaths on their houses.

Wreath hanging on a crooked wood house

Wreath hanging on a crooked wood house

 

Fairies put lights on their  trees.

Gnome with decorated evergreens

Gnome with decorated evergreens

 

They change out their fall containers with spruce tips and greens.

Trolls with spruce tip pot

Trolls with spruce tip pot

 

And bling.

Miniature fairy house with spruce tip pots

Miniature fairy house with spruce tip pots

 

They love plenty of bling.

Miniature gazebo decorated with greens and bling

Miniature gazebo decorated with greens and bling

 

Like us, fairies collect lots of greens, sticks and berries,

Gnome at home with his holiday greens

Gnome at home with his holiday greens

 

and decorate their window boxes for the holidays.

Miniature planters decorated with greens and glitter

Miniature planters decorated with greens and glitter

 

So when the snow begins to fall, the fairy children can go outdoors with their sleds,

Miniature fairy garden sled

Miniature fairy garden sled

 

and they’re ready for Santa to arrive.

Sleigh with greens

Sleigh with greens

Find these miniature accessories as well as many others at Otten Bros. Garden Center & Landscaping or at Otten Bros. on line store.

November 1, 2012 / Otten Bros. Garden Center and Landscaping

Recipe for Christmas Greens and Spruce Tip Containers

Beautiful containers, abundant spruce tips, copious greens, and plentiful bling create alluring and appealing holiday greeting decor.

Holiday window box

Holiday window box

Follow this simple recipe to create breathtaking holiday containers.  All of the product used here plus much more is available for purchase at Otten Bros. Garden Center & Landscaping in Long Lake, MN.

Begin by adding some wood chips to the bottom of your favorite container; about one-third of the container.  Then, fill the remaining two-thirds of the container with sand or soil.

Window boxes being prepared for decorating with spruce tips.

Window boxes being prepared for decorating with spruce tips.

Make a fresh cut in the trunk of spruce tips and arrange in the container, tallest spruce tip in the center with two slightly shorter spruce tips to either side.

Begin with one taller spruce tip in the center and shorter tips to the sides.

Begin with one taller spruce tip in the center and shorter tips to the sides.

Fill in around the container with shorter spruce tips.  This window box used a total of 11 window box (1-2′ tall) spruce tips.

Container filled with window box size spruce tips.

Container filled with window box size spruce tips.

Poke in sticks such as Curly Willow, Redtwig dogwood or Yellowtwig Dogwood.  In this window box our designer used two Yellowtig Dogwood branches for height,

Yellowtwig Dogwood branches added for height.

Yellowtwig Dogwood branches added for height.

then added three Redtwig Dogwood in between and on either end for added height and color.

Colorful sticks add height.

Colorful sticks add height.

Fill abundantly with greens such as Incense Cedar,

Incense Cedar boughs add texture and a lovely draping look.

Incense Cedar boughs add texture and a lovely draping look.

and Blueberry Juniper.

Blueberry Juniper adds texture and color.

Blueberry Juniper adds texture and color.

Add specialty products such as Seeded Eucalyptus and Pine cones.

Seeded Eucalyptus and Pine cones.

Seeded Eucalyptus and Pine cones.

Finally embellish with colorful berries

Colorful berry picks

Colorful berry picks

or glittery bling!

Glittering Lotus pods

Glittering Lotus pods

Water the arrangement and for extended life and freshness, spray with an anti-desiccant such as Bonide Wilt Stop.

You can recreate this container or create your own design.

Holiday window box

Holiday window box

These greens and many others can be found at Otten Bros. Garden Center and Landscaping.

Digger Pine cones

Digger Pine cones

Silver painted Sugar cones

Silver painted Sugar cones

Redtwig Dogwood bundles

Redtwig Dogwood bundles

Curly Willow branches

Curly Willow branches

Yellowtwig Dogwood bundles

Yellowtwig Dogwood bundles

Berry picks

Berry picks

Shop from a fabulous supply of bling!

Shop from a fabulous supply of bling!

October 30, 2012 / Otten Bros. Garden Center and Landscaping

Minneapolis Garden & Landscaping for the Holiday Season – Otten Brothers