Dianne's Creative Table

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Mini Gardens

One of the things that blew us away at the Philadelphia Flower Show, was the Miniature Garden display.  After fighting the crowds all day and being so glad when it finally cleared out after 6:30 PM, I wasn't too keen to stand in a long line, but I was intrigued.  So stand in the line we did and we were rewarded with a view through the windows into the magical miniature gardens.  Each window was about 20" or so and the scenes inside were amazing.  This one had a real working fountain!  Imagine a fountain that is about an inch and half tall!

The lines were long, but I wasn't going anywhere before I saw every detail behind the glass.  Taking pictures was difficult because of the reflection in the glass and I held up the line trying to get a photo without a person showing in the glass!
Many of the mini gardens had more than one room.  Below is the first room and you can see a glimpse of the solarium.
Here is a view into the solarium

This is the candy store and the view through the windows is of a completely different garden area.
This is the patio outside the candy store  You can see the lights  of the candy store coming through the doors on the left.  
This precious garden was a Paris city street scene complete with a shop with tiny loaves of bread!  For perspective, the sundial is about 1" tall. 
The judges thought this house was too large for the rest of the garden.  They were brutally honest in their critiques which were written next to each garden for all to see.
Any my personal favorite mini garden...
I love the umbrella and the shadow of the couple in behind the curtains.  The inside of the room were even more wonderful than the outside.  The kitchen had a stone fireplace.

Come back again and visit.  I will be posting "Garden Accessories" the like of which I had never seen or even imagined, shadow gardens that will make you say Wow, and the Carousel Animals that blew everyone away.
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  1. This is beautiful. Thank you for wrangling the crowds to bring us such beautiful photographs.

    It's great to have you being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  2. What a fun idea. This show sounds pretty wonderful. Thank you for sharing photos of the different exhibits. I look forward to seeing the accessories. ~ Sarah

  3. oh, my ... mini gardens ... beautiful! bet you had a wonderful time at the Philadelphia flower show.

  4. Loved the flower show without the crowds.. yep those crowds are brutal. I do love to go to the shows for ideas, most of which I could never afford! Oh well to dream. Thanks for stopping by.. I am your newest follower.

  5. Dianne, I so love this post. I love miniatures and to see them this detailed is such a joy. thank you for taking the time to do this for us. I for one am absolutely delighted.