If you like having miniatures around your home or are looking to create a beautiful, green corner in a small outdoor area and even indoors, get inspired by these striking miniature gardens…
On a balmy afternoon, we visited the terrace of jewellery designer Neetika Vaide of La Petite Gardens. What greeted us was like a scene straight out of the 1989 American science fiction family film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids – the difference being that we had stepped into a place filled with tiny gardens having even tinier birds, benches, bridges and more – all lending a cutesy charm to the space. Shedding light on what prompted her to create these little marvels, Neetika frankly tells us she has no formal training but became interested in making miniature gardens because they help her to relive childhood memories.
She says, “I believe it’s God’s gift. All I wanted to do was create a small world in small pots. Initially, I was into business but because of certain circumstances, I had to quit my job. That is when I started making sculptures, which I always wanted to. Gardening is another hobby that I love. I sort of fused both these hobbies and started designing these miniature gardens.”
Small twigs, tiny pieces of rocks, broken tree barks, unused little pots or even nut shells- all are put to use by Neetika to design these endearing gardens. She uses Korean clay to create little elements like birds, huts, benches, flowers, etc. These gardens are not only pretty and winsome, yet what really makes them stand out is that they have living plants, which have to be nurtured properly.
The proud creator further tells us, “I ensure that each miniature garden has a semi precious reiki stone in it. I believe that it is a good luck charm and brings positive energies. Lastly, whatever I earn from the sale of these gardens, I ensure that it is given for animal welfare.”