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Miniature Neighbors

20170709_152219OCMGA Master Gardener Colleen Reed recently undertook a project to remove a small pond that had been in her yard, and replaced it with a whole new group of neighbors!

As Janit Calvo says in her book Gardening in Miniature, “What is it that draws the heart and eye to things smaller than real life? Perhaps the fact that anything miniature reminds us of play. After all, childhood toys were our first miniatures.”

Whatever the reason, gardening in miniature (or, creating mini-wonderlands) has become a huge industry. Once you are bitten by the miniature garden bug, there’s no turning back. The miniature industry is the biggest segment of the toy and hobby market, and the sheer number of sizes and scales is mind-boggling.


To ensure the realism that creates enchantment, these critical elements are necessary: plants, accessories, and a patio or pathway. The planned, intentional aspect of a patio or walkway immediately signals to the viewer that this is no ordinary planting, teasing them to come in for a closer view.


Creating your own little world is a lot of fun once you have the right parts, plants, and pieces all together. So collect the ingredients and tools, pour a favorite beverage, and enjoy some creative time with a new hobby!


In the April edition of Fox Cities Magazine, author Sarah C. Spencer asks us to look at expanding our thoughts about a grass-filled yard to incorporate aspects of gardening. OCMGA President Steve Schultz was interviewed for the article which appears below:


Just a Neighbor

JohnI have a neighbor that has a spectacular garden and it gets better every year.  Dan Doersch is a retired 7th grade Science teacher who, with his wife Kitty, spend all summer tending “His Majesty’s Gardens”, as the sign out front on the lawn announces.

Besides starting all his annual seeds in a lean-to greenhouse, he is also very involved with dwarf conifers and evergreens.  As a member of the American Conifer Society, their yard was one of three locations in the Green Bay area featured on the ACS Convention garden walk.

I happened to have mentioned earlier this summer that some day I’d love to bring a few friends to see his place.  I contacted him the other day just before he was to leave on a fishing trip to set it up.  One morning Mary, Sue, and Jill met me and Susan at Sissy’s Treats and Treasures for coffee in Seymour before our visit.  We shared lots of laughs and new friends were made.group

Dan and Kitty Doersch share their love for horticulture and over the years have molded the 40 acres into a work of art.  (I might add that my father-in law sold Dan’s father that 40 acres back in 1970.)  Dan hybridizes hemerocallis and Kitty has her own black velvet petunias. I almost wish we had visited my yard first and then gone to the Doersch’s. Mine seemed rather ho-hum after walking on the paths and around the pond to the back of the house to see Dan’s new bigger and better greenhouse going up.  When I saw the seedlings for this year’s new 7th grade students, a small Mimosa called Sensitive Plant, it reminded me of the plants my two boys brought home for Mother’s Day when they were in Mr Doersch’s 7th grade Science Class.wagon

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