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The Anatomy of a Dish Garden

This series of photographs is intended to show the details of a dish garden, and how it is put together
dish garden construction

This overhead view gives the best idea of the layout overall. The garden is intended for one sided viewing only, so the ferns in the back are to provide height and to create a green background. There is one figurine used only.

dish garden construction

This closer view from overhead shows how the centre of the garden includes a gravel path winding around a rock, a moss "lawn" and various tiny plants growing along its margins.

dish garden construction

This is the front of the garden showing how it is finished off with a rock and some tiny plants.

dish garden construction

This photograph and the next one show how the sides are finished off just as carefully.

dish garden construction

Note that there are even weeds in the lawn. This was because the moss had a few tiny ferns that had sprouted.

dish garden construction

Full views from the sides give an idea of how the graduated heights worked out.

dish garden construction
dish garden construction

The back is just as important as the front. Although the garden is not created for viewing from all around, inqisitive eyes may easily see that area.

dish garden construction
dish garden construction

This is the completed garden viewed from the front, its designed viewing position. It was created to enter in a show, to which it travelled and returned undamaged. It lasted several months afterwards. It was difficult to give it enough light to keep the little African violets flowering well, so eventually it was dismantled.

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