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About

In our last minutes...Everyone who has thought about backing but thinks we still have a way to go - know that you risk nothing by backing this project. You pay nothing and I get nothing unless we reach our goal. And you stand to get your rewards if we make it! So help us reach our goal!

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I make a special kind of miniature garden – full of detail and surprises. I’m creating a book with step-by-step instructions and inspiration to make your own attention-getting, delight-inducing, realistic miniature gardens. I'll show you where to get supplies and buy accessories, which plants work best, how to make realistic miniatures and landscape design fundamentals that bring your tiny garden to life.

Click here to see what's in the book - a list of many of the possibilities in a Table of Contents. (Creator levels and above will vote on what eventually makes it into the book.) The softcover printed book will be in landscape format - 11" wide by 8.5" tall - with at least 80 pages of full color inspiration and instruction.

Miniature Airstream Trailer Garden
Miniature Airstream Trailer Garden

Lush Little Landscapes is a collaboration between the arts of landscaping, crafting, architecture and design - appealing to all of our senses. Hobbyists of all types can work with beads, clays, wood, paint, metal, wire, glitter, jewelry, concrete, stone, sand and dozens of other mediums to make their tiny garden appear real. I'm an art director and I love a creative challenge. I have lots of amazing, challenging gardens planned for this book.

The amount of creativity fostered in a miniature garden can be endless. The projects are a blast for both kids and adults - and everyone loves the results!

Backyard Picnic
Backyard Picnic

What can you do with a miniature garden?

  • Celebrate a holiday, a birthday, a wedding, a new neighbor
  • Create event centerpieces that will get everyone talking
  • Keep it in your workspace to instill the serenity that growing things bring
  • Give a garden as a unique and unexpected gift (or give the book as a gift)
  • Grow cooking herbs with a tiny garden patio in your kitchen
  • Showcase your collections, interests and activities
  • Relax, recharge and get a moment of peace by contemplating growing things
  • Remember a trip or imagine a place you'd like to go
  • Thank a teacher, mark an occasion, bring in the season
  • Create that amazing garden you found on Pinterest - in a fraction of the space

Why Me and Why a Book?

I created hundreds of miniature gardens in the last couple of decades - sold at art fairs and given as gifts. I built custom designs for clients and dozens as variations on a theme for event centerpieces.

Farm Stand Garden
Farm Stand Garden

What's in the book?

Each miniature garden will be shown step-by-step in a dozen or so pages and full-color, with instructions, where to find items, design and layout and ideas for substitutions and options. I’ll show you how to make or find the perfect container that enhances each theme. Where do you find visual inspiration for a beach or a farm? How do you build a treehouse? What makes a good path or patio? We'll cover all of that and more.

Elements of a Great Miniature Garden

I’ll cover basic planning and design techniques so your eye travels around the garden via a great composition. What are the minimum elements for making a realistic mini garden - and what takes it to the next level and makes it lush? Want to make working lights and water features? How to make and find sculpture and structures? Where to find bridges and ponds? We'll cover all of that and more.

Lots of Options

I won't just show you one kind of beach garden or a garden for one season or holiday - there are options galore. Play! Frolic! Recreate! Your garden can change or stay the same, it's all up to you.

A Day at the Beach Options
A Day at the Beach Options

Resource lists

You'll be surprised at all the offbeat places you find the right objects to make your garden realistic. Miniature gardening involves a lot of creating, quite a bit of hunting and collecting, a touch of design, some playing, and of course gardening, growing and tending. 

Part of the creative process is generating as many wild ideas as you can and then figuring out which are the best ideas. I'll help you generate ideas and I'll tell you what worked for me (and what didn't).

Plant Guide

I'll help you choose the plants that translate well in a miniature world. Grow what works together and aligns with the time and effort you want to commit to the care of your garden. Make sure you have what will grow indoors or outdoors, in the sun or the shade.

Miniature Airstream Trailer Succulent Garden
Miniature Airstream Trailer Succulent Garden

REWARDS

I put together rewards packages so you can support the project, get the book and also Kickstart your own miniature garden. Plus there are bookmarks and calendars if you love the look of a miniature garden all around you.

Get started right away! The MAKER, CREATOR and COLLABORATOR reward levels include Miniature Garden Accessory Kit(s) of your choice to begin to create your own tiny garden. You don't have to choose now – I'll ask which one(s) you want after we successfully meet our goal if you pledged at MAKER level (or above).

Curated Miniature Garden Accessory Kit(s) choices:

LIGHTED PATH KIT Mini lights, Supplies to Make a Set of 20 Copper Path Lanterns, Flat Stones for Path

BEACH GARDEN KIT Surfboard, Adirondack Chair, Miniature Sea Shells, Crushed glass (for water), Rocks, Driftwood, Message in a Bottle, Fence, Sandals, Sandcastle, Pail

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY KIT Colored Lights, Ornaments, Poinsettias, Presents, Sled, Teddy Bear, Snow

FANTASY WORLD KIT Assortment of Gems to Create a Glowing Crystal Garden, Colored Lights, Wire & Colorful Beads, Bright Flowers, Colorful Mushrooms

FARM STAND KIT Table & Baskets, Fruits & Vegetables, Hay Bales, Pumpkins

TEA PARTY KIT Macarons, Cupcakes, Plates, Teapot, Teacups, Cake Plate, Flowers & Vase, Parts to make a Table, Chairs

BACKYARD GARDEN KIT Driveway or Patio, Birdhouse, Hose, Mailbox, Tools, Wheelbarrow, Flowers, Flamingoes, Clothespins & Laundry, Picket Fence

GARDEN PICNIC KIT Hotdogs, Burgers, Cupcakes, Plates, Blanket, Basket, Sodas in Ice Bucket, Barbecue

VOTING

Also, for all of the CREATOR levels (and above) you will be asked to vote on which gardens are included in the book – I have well over 100 to choose from – and you get to decide! There are several themes possible - or we can mix it up with the most popular gardens from each category.

A Day at the Beach
A Day at the Beach

I have lots of other wonderful surprises up my sleeve and other stretch goals to add to this campaign if we make it beyond our funding goal. Let's make this happen!

Tea Party Garden
Tea Party Garden

Risks and challenges

I create and manage creative projects for a living and I've created a super detailed spreadsheet to manage all the elements of this one.

45% of funds will go toward the time it takes to make gardens for the book, photographing them, designing the book and completing the layout along with managing this project's reward distribution.

55% of funds will go toward material expenses - plants and remaining accessories for the gardens, printing and gathering the rewards, shipping fees, vendor fees for money processing.

I Already Have: A pro camera set-up, design skills, photography skills, software and the computer I'll need to complete the book. Along with the considerable investment I've already put into equipment, miniature accessories, plants and containers, I have the skills it takes to make an lovely and informative book.

I Still Need: Purchase and create specialty items for the gardens, beyond what I already have.

If we hit our stretch goal, I will be relying on a print supplier for the book and will be beholden to them meeting their quoted timelines. I have included extra time in the timeline to allow for this kind of flexibility.

For rewards that include accessory kits, I will provide the items as described unless the materials are unavailable at the time of fulfillment - in which case I will substitute item(s) of equal value.

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    BOOKMARKS

    You'll get two picture bookmarks with our favorite Lush Little Landscapes.

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    • LUSH LITTLE LANDSCAPES EBOOK •

    The Lush Little Landscapes eBook in PDF - full of beautiful miniature garden inspiration. Twelve gardens with resources for supplies and instructions and how-to's for creating the most inviting and real tiny worlds.

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    • LUSH LITTLE LANDSCAPES EBOOK •

    This is what we're trying to get done with this project.

    The Lush Little Landscapes eBook in PDF - full of beautiful miniature garden inspiration. Twelve gardens with resources for supplies and instructions and how-to's for creating the most inviting and real tiny worlds.

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    2016 CALENDAR

    Get 12 large photos - each one of a miniature garden from the book - in a full color wall calendar for 2016.

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    PRINTED SOFTCOVER BOOK

    1 Lush Little Landscapes Softcover Book (11"w x 8.5"h full color book)

    Get the Softcover Printed Book

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    EBOOK + MAKER PACKAGE

    1 Lush Little Landscapes eBook (PDF)
    1 Miniature Accessories Kit (your choice)

    Get the eBook and choose one of the curated miniature accessories kits to get your miniature garden started. See the project description for your choice of one kit.

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    EBOOK + MAKER PACKAGE

    1 Lush Little Landscapes eBook (PDF)
    1 Miniature Accessories Kit (your choice)

    Get the eBook and choose one of the curated miniature accessories kits to get your miniature garden started. See the project description for your choice of one kit.

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    PRINTED SOFTCOVER BOOK + MAKER PACKAGE

    1 Lush Little Landscapes Softcover Book + eBook
    1 Miniature Accessories Kit (your choice)

    Get the Softcover Printed Book and choose one of the curated miniature accessories kits to get your miniature garden started. See the project description for your choice of one kit.

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    EBOOK + MAKER PLUS PACKAGE

    1 Lush Little Landscapes eBook (PDF)
    2 Miniature Accessories Kits (your choice)

    Get the eBook and choose TWO of the curated miniature accessories kits to get your miniature garden started. See the project description for your choice of one kit.

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    EBOOK + MAKER PLUS PACKAGE

    1 Lush Little Landscapes eBook (PDF)
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    PRINTED SOFTCOVER BOOK + MAKER PLUS PACKAGE

    1 Lush Little Landscapes Softcover Book + eBook
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    PRINTED SOFTCOVER BOOK + TRAVELER PACKAGE

    1 Lush Little Landscapes Softcover Book + eBook
    1 Miniature Airstream-style Trailer (1:18 scale)

    Get the eBook and a trailer like the one featured in the description. Get started on your miniature camping dreams right away.

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    CREATOR PACKAGE

    You get all of this:
    2016 Calendar
    10 Notecards
    2 8"x10" Photos of our favorite gardens
    1 Lush Little Landscapes eBook (PDF)
    1 Curated Miniature Garden Accessory Kit (your choice)

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    Get advanced previews of the book as it is created

    You are asked to vote which gardens will be created and included in the book

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    CREATOR PACKAGE

    You get all of this:
    2016 Calendar
    10 Notecards & Envelopes
    2 8"x10" Photos of our favorite gardens
    1 Lush Little Landscapes Softcover Book + eBook
    1 Curated Miniature Garden Accessory Kit (your choice)

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    Get advanced previews of the book as it is created

    You are asked to vote which gardens will be created and included in the book

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    CREATOR PLUS PACKAGE

    Everything in the CREATOR PACKAGE plus you get to choose TWO Curated Miniature Garden Accessory Kits instead of one.

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    RETAILER PACKAGE

    You get all of this:
    10 Calendars for 2016
    50 Notecards & Envelopes
    12 Lush Little Landscapes Softcover Books
    1 Lush Little Landscapes eBook

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    Get advanced previews of the book as it is created

    You are asked to vote which gardens will be created and included in the book

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    ADVANCED CREATOR PACKAGE

    You get all of this:
    2016 Calendar
    2 Bookmarks
    10 Notecards & Envelopes
    2 8"x10" Photos of our favorite gardens
    1 Lush Little Landscapes Softcover Book + eBook
    9 Curated Miniature Garden Accessories Kits (all of them!)
    1 MINIATURE AIRSTREAM-STYLE TRAILER !!!

    PLUS...

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    You are asked to vote which gardens will be created and included in the book

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    COLLABORATOR PACKAGE

    Everything in the ADVANCED CREATOR PACKAGE

    PLUS...

    Be "on location" as we create a garden and photograph it together. Spend a weekend working with me learning to create accessories and design gardens including the set up and completion of photography and photo editing. You can choose to keep the garden we create - if you have a way of taking it with you. (They're almost impossible to ship without ruining them.)

    You will also get collaboration credit in the book.

    You will need to provide your own airfare/ground transport to and within southern CA and accommodations while here. Garden creation and photography will be completed in late July or August, all schedules permitting.

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