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Re: miniatures

On a recent garden tour we visited a home that attempted to tackle just about 
every kind of gardening on a small lot.  Back by the garage was a fascinating 
little display.  It was a double tub old fashioned washtub on tall legs that 
held its own miniature garden.  Perhaps some of the plants were bonsai, but 
many were just naturally tiny items.  It was well laid out.  Interestingly, I 
think one could spend more time just standing there looking at these tiny 
plants than at the many larger plants in a long mixed bed. I think this type of 
garden could be fun for anyone, but escpecially for the frail or handicapped or 
for those with extremely limited space - like an apartment patio.  

If you ever get a chance to post some pictures, I'd love to see them.  I'm also 
looking forward to seeing that plant list someone else asked about.

> In a message dated 08/08/2003 9:41:57 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
> kmrsy@comcast.net writes:
> > Auralie,
> > I've really delighted in the comments you make on occasion about your 
> > miniatures.  Could you refresh me on your guidelines?  Do you have a maximum 
> > 
> > height for all plants, or do you allow for plants that are, while not 
> > necessarily diminutive, short in proportion to others in their genus?
> > 
> > 
> Kitty, the rule says "All horticulture specimens must be fresh plant material 
> grown by the exhibitor, and of naturally small growth or designated as a 
> dwarf or miniature variety by nurseries or plant societies."  There is a 
> size-restriction on container-grown materials - usually 4-inch maximum 
> container, 
> measured inside the lip, and branches of trees or shrubs are not to exceed 10 
> inches from cut end to tip and must include several nodes.
> This sort of flower show presents a real challenge to growers, but we have 
> produced some beautiful stuff.  For one thing, a tiny plant might be overlooked, 
> and would often seem insignificant in a standard-size flower show with huge 
> showy specimens.  When all the horticulture is small you can focus on the 
> beauty of the tiny individual specimen.
> Our small show in April produced over 100 entries (we are a small club - only 
> 12 active members).  There were eight different Epimediums, for instance.  
> But an Epimedium would be hardly noticed in a standard show.  One member, an 
> orchid specialist, brought in a specimen with literally hundreds of tiny blooms, 
> and a large magnifying glass so people could apprecciate the beauty of each 
> tiny bloom.
> OK, we're oddballs, but we have a lot of fun - like this group.    Auralie
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