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, is the talented photographer in the family and has taught me everything I know about taking a good picture.  Rebecca, my sister, is my right-hand woman.  From filling orders to making gardens, from proof reading to opinion giving, her talents and support have been invaluable.  My parents, Donna and Ron, grow most of our plants each spring and there is nothing they won't do to help out. I'm blessed to have such a talented and supportive family. The Miniature Garden Shoppe would not, and could not, be what it is today without them!

 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 garden club 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 were 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.

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’s something you’re looking for and can’t find it, please drop us a line. If you run into a problem when you’re creating your garden or a have a question while caring for it, please don’t 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 your search has led you here. I know you’re 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