By

Simon Tomlinson for MailOnline


Published:
14:52 EST, 24 August 2014

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Updated:
03:51 EST, 25 August 2014

A horticulturist has grown her business by creating tiny gardens – some of which are just an inch wide.

Janit Calvio creates small-scale versions of real-life gardens with miniature deck chairs, small succulents and tiny water features.

The 48-year-old, from Seattle in the United States, has been making the small gardens since 2000.

Tiny talent: Janit Calvio creates small-scale versions of real-life gardens with miniature deck chairs, small succulents and tiny water features

Tiny talent: Janit Calvio creates small-scale versions of real-life gardens with miniature deck chairs, small succulents and tiny water features

Miniature magic: The 48-year-old, from Seattle in the United States, has been making the small gardens since 2000

Miniature magic: The 48-year-old, from Seattle in the United States, has been making the small gardens since 2000

Eye for detail: Mrs Calvio said she created her first miniature garden in 2000 when she was collecting images for a greeting card line

Eye for detail: Mrs Calvio said she created her first miniature garden in 2000 when she was collecting images for a greeting card line

Potted art: Horticulturist Janit Calvio has an eye for creating tiny gardens including this Christmas-themed one. Some of her designs are just an inch wide

Potted art: Horticulturist Janit Calvio has an eye for creating tiny gardens including this Christmas-themed one. Some of her designs are just an inch wide

She said: ‘I created my first miniature garden in 2000 when we were collecting images for a greeting card line.

‘I was looking for a juicier business idea at the same time and it was right in front of me.

‘A miniature garden can be a memory of your grandmother’s backyard or your dream garden that may be impossible to do in full-size.

‘It doesn’t have to be elaborate, just a simple living plant with a miniature chair and a wee birdbath can deliver a special message of peacefulness and creativity.’

'I was looking for a juicier business idea': A Halloween-themed mini garden by Janit Calvo, who has created thousands of tiny designs since she started 14 years ago

‘I was looking for a juicier business idea’: A Halloween-themed mini garden by Janit Calvo, who has created thousands of tiny designs since she started 14 years ago

Mrs Calvio said: 'A miniature garden can be a memory of your grandmother's backyard or your dream garden that may be impossible to do in full-size'

Mrs Calvio said: ‘A miniature garden can be a memory of your grandmother’s backyard or your dream garden that may be impossible to do in full-size’

Since picking up a trowel, Janit has made thousands of miniature gardens and lost count at 3,000.

She has passed on her expertise to budding horticulturists through her website and book.

She said: ‘My smallest gardens are 2.5cm wide, planted in a miniature barbecue.

Nature lover: Since picking up a trowel, Janit has made thousands of miniature gardens and says she lost count at 3,000

Nature lover: Since picking up a trowel, Janit has made thousands of miniature gardens and says she lost count at 3,000

'Miniature gardening can challenge your ingenuity and tickle your imagination': Mrs Calvio has passed on her skills to budding horticulturists through her website

‘Miniature gardening can challenge your ingenuity and tickle your imagination’: Mrs Calvio has passed on her skills to budding horticulturists through her website

‘The largest miniature garden I made was a Wizard of Oz garden that measured 1.5 meters by 7 meters, planted in a parking strip.

‘Miniature gardening can challenge your ingenuity, polish your crafting skills, consistently tickle your imagination, teach you about growing a garden and keep you engaged for years.

‘That’s a tall order for such a little garden – but the plants don’t mind.’

Intricate: A birds-eye view of a red-themed miniature garden by Janit Calvio from Seattle, Washington

Intricate: A birds-eye view of a red-themed miniature garden by Janit Calvio from Seattle, Washington

Wild ambitions: Janit Calvio fashioned this tiny garden to look like a watering hole being visited by gorillas

Wild ambitions: Janit Calvio fashioned this tiny garden to look like a watering hole being visited by gorillas

Mrs Calvio said: 'The largest miniature garden I made was a Wizard of Oz garden that measured 1.5 meters by 7 meters, planted in a parking strip'

Mrs Calvio said: ‘The largest miniature garden I made was a Wizard of Oz garden that measured 1.5 meters by 7 meters, planted in a parking strip’