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  1. […] The best thing the Flower Show did this year was to invite Janit Calvo to give a talk on miniature gardening. Speaking to a large crowd (you can see more photos and her account of the talk on her blog) Janit put together a miniature garden in a large pot in less than 45 minutes, explaining along the way all sorts of useful ideas about scale, composition, the use of accessories, hardscaping, and so many other topics. Ron and Katy Hoess joined me in listening to Janit and we were all amazed at how much we learned. Keep in mind, as Janit pointed out both in her talk and in her blog description, that what we do in Miniature Settings is very different from the miniature gardens she was demonstrating. Although we use many of the same plants and techniques, outdoor and potted mini gardens are meant to last for years while our settings, alas, must simply make it through the 9 days of the show (although all of mine are still flourishing and even flowering!). […]

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