I love miniatures. Similarly, I love to notice the small bits of nature. There is something intriguing about imagining tiny worlds — real ones as well as make-believe ones. All the minute goings-on in our vast environment, much happening unbeknownst to us, maybe even secret, make me think of doll houses, dioramas and models of all sorts – buildings, boats, bridges, and trains, Fabergé jeweled flowers or The Borrowers and Thumbelina.
So, next time you are out in nature, at any time of year, take a closer look at the diminutive world: the delightful detail of buds, a pinecone or the cap of an acorn; the complex design of tree bark, a spider web jeweled with beads of water, or a miniscule mossy lane leading to a fairy house. Give a closer look to the small things in your natural environment. Take your time, see what you can observe in the micro. Change your perspective and let your imagination take hold.
Speaking of fairy houses, stay tuned for information about our Fairy Doors exhibit, opening July 6, 2021 at the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden!
Mary Lineberger is a Gardener in the Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden. Previously she was Garden Manager at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History as well as a seasonal hire at Holden in 2015 and 2016. She is pictured here with Norman, who before joining Mary’s family, was a scrawny stray wandering the woods surrounding Holden Arboretum.
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