About Us

The Miniature Garden Shoppe is a family business which opened in 2008. I (Kathryn) am the creative mind, designer, and gardener behind the store and my husband, Ben, is the computer-guy and entrepreneur. My mother-in-law, Mary, has taken many of our photos and is our photography consultant.

The concept of miniature gardening makes so much sense. Many of us don't have the time to tend huge gardens these days. And those who already have gardens, appreciate the opportunity for a new creative gardening outlet that doesn't require digging up more ground or hours of maintenance.

I grew up in the greenhouse business and am a garden designer and horticulturalist by trade, with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Illinois. I was first charmed and inspired by a miniature garden that I saw on an area gardenclub garden walk in 2005. Like any creative soul, I started thinking of how I would make my own little landscape. I started searching for all of the miniature garden necessities and began gardening in a new direction, on a much smaller scale. The ideas are limitless but the materials can be difficult to find, hence the Miniature Garden Shoppe....

It goes without saying that all of the products on our website are not toys and not intended for children. There are many sharp edges, pointed ends, and tiny pieces that are nothing but hazardous for young kids. Having said that, I can tell you that people of all ages are charmed these little creations. My two-year old son loved to dig in the gardens with the tiny shovel and to water our miniature garden using the tiny bucket, which he filled from the birdbath in the yard.  Now, Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker battle regularly between the birdbaths and his little brother has taken up the duty of mini-watering.

Whatever your age or interest, I hope you find everything you need to create a tiny garden treasure of your own or for a special gift. Nothing can squash a flash of inspiration like the frustration of not being able to find what you need. If there is something you are looking for and cannot find it, please drop us a line. If you run into a problem when youÂ’are creating your garden or a have a question while caring for it, please do not hesitate to contact us. If we don't have the answer, we'll help you find it.

These little gardens are enchanting and intriguing and I'm glad you search has led you here. I know you are going to have fun with this idea and I hope we can help!

Happy gardening,   
Kathryn Newman   

Miniature Garden Shoppe   
(773) 234-6464   
19921 W Forney Rd,   
Brimfield, IL 61443