Miniature Gardens Competition

"Season of Enchantment" at the Boston Flower & Garden Show
March 11-15, 2014
Seaport World Trade Center
Presented by Massachusetts Horticultural Society
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2015 Miniature Gardens
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Miniature Garden Exhibitors Wanted!
Have you ever wanted to create a garden for the Flower Show? It's not too late to enter a garden in the 2015 Show. We are now looking for Miniature Garden Exhibitors.

Create a romantic small garden in Miniature on a scale of one inch equal to one foot. The garden is built inside a small box that is approximately 20 inches deep and 34 inches wide and 30 inches tall. We will provide the box.

Experienced miniature garden exhibitors, Debi Hogan and Warren Leach will guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have. Send an email to Debi Hogan: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your questions or to enter.

It's lots of fun!


The Boston Flower & Garden Show will return to the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston on Wednesday, March 11 through Sunday, March 15, 2015 with the theme “Season of Enchantment”.

Combining horticulture and artistry with intricate design, this very special division of the Amateur Competitions at the 2015 Massachusetts Horticultural Society at the Flower Show is a beloved attraction at the Show. Miniature gardens may be created by individuals or groups. The scale used is: 1 inch is equal to 1 foot. Exhibits are composed primarily of fresh plant materials, with accessories permitted. Landscape is constructed in a plywood box measuring 30 inches high by 24 inches deep.

This year’s Show is called: Season of Enchantment.  We hope you will choose to play on this theme in your design.

Miniature Gardens will be set up after 9:30 a.m., Monday, March 9, 2015. Miniature Gardens should be dismantled between 6:15 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2015.

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society makes every effort to protect the property of those working or attending the Show but disclaims any liability for loss, theft, damage or injury sustained while the Show is in progress or while it is being set up or taken down. Exhibitors of the Show should insure valuables used in exhibits.

Chairmen: Debi Hogan & Warren Leach
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Statement of Intent

Each Miniature Garden Exhibitor must provide a Statement of Intent: The Statement of Intent is a description, written by the exhibitor, which presents the meaning of his/her exhibit to the judges and the public. The Statement of Intent helps guide the judges when judging the exhibit. The Statement will be posted next to your exhibit. The Statement of Intent should include title, the design concept, and horticultural and educational content. See attached form.

Plant Labels

Each Miniature Garden exhibitor must provide a list of all plants, fresh or dried, used in the Miniature Garden. The list should include Scientific Name: (Genus, species and Cultivar), Common Name and the Name of the Plant this represents in a full scale landscape. See attached form.


  • Scale is the most important! 1 inch equals 1 foot
  • If you are using a leaf or accessory 1 inch wide, it should represent a plant or accessory that would be 1 foot wide in the garden.
  • Pay particular attention to scale in relation to leaf size, stone size, type of moss, larger plants in front/small in back to give a feeling of distance.
  • You can create a forced perspective to make your design appear to go far off into the distance by using 1 inch scale in the front of the box and a smaller scale farther back in the box.
  • Box should be painted. You may choose to use a scene or a muted background. Use a painterly fashion for background, with foreground more linear.
  • You can also choose to use painted paper and wrap it around the box.
  • The top of the box is open, with a view up to a fluorescent light and the interior structure of the cabinet. It is suggested that you use clear colored paper or a some other type of filter which will allow light into the box while also blocking the fixture and cabinet interior.
  • A small amount of dried materials is permitted.


  • Your exhibit is staged in a plywood box measuring 36" wide, 30" high and 24" deep
  • The box is inserted into a larger viewing case
  • The viewing window is 24" wide and 16" high
  • The window is set 48" off the floor
  • The bottom of the box is set on a shelf with a small front lipThis shelf is set at 43" off the floor
  • The viewing window is smaller than the opening at the front of the boxThere is approximately 5" between the bottom of the box and the bottom of the viewing window
  • This depth is helpful if you are using live plants and need several of inches for planting
  • Finish off the front of the box, all the way to the side edge, because people are right at the window
  • The gardens are lit with a fluorescent light. The two lighting tubes are suspended approximately
  • 2 feet above the boxYou may add additional lighting
  • You must construct the garden at the showThe box will be heavy when fully plantedTo make your box lighter use packed Spaghetti, Styrofoam, Sahara or molded frames in places where soil is not neededYou can also use some Oasis to absorb excess water in the bottom of the box
  • Line the bottom of the box with plastic or other waterproof material before you begin
  • Bring a step ladder with you during set-up and an extra light to help you
  • Two tables will be available for each exhibitor during setup at the Show

Judging and Awards

Gardens are judged against perfection and not against each other, therefore more than one first, second, third or honorable mention may be given.

Miniature Garden Award:

Nancy McGowen Shane Award: To recognize the excellence of a Miniature Garden Exhibit at Mass Hort at the Flower Show