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.
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.
This is the front of the garden showing how it is finished off with a rock and some tiny plants.
This photograph and the next one show how the sides are finished off just as carefully.
Note that there are even weeds in the lawn. This was because the moss had a few tiny ferns that had sprouted.
Full views from the sides give an idea of how the graduated heights worked out.
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.
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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