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Miniature Rose Garden With Repurposed Glass Bottle Arbor

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I designed a miniature rose garden featuring repurposed glass bottles which I made into an arbor just in time for Valentines Day!

Don't ask me where I get my wild ideas, I just get them.

I have a collection of gorgeous liquor or "spirit" bottles that I picked up in an alley behind a bar in Sherman Oaks, California a couple of years ago.

It's been my intention to use these beautifully shaped bottles in my garden designs, and I finally used a couple of them.


If you watch my gardening segments on the Home & Family show on the Hallmark channel, you might be visiting my blog, EdenMakers, to read more information or to see more photos of the miniature rose garden I presented on the show.

You've come to the right place!




Take a look at my "Glass Bottle Arbor and Rose Mini Garden" from start to finish with a little video thrown in!


Video, "Shirley Bovshow's Mini Rose Garden on Home and Family Show"



Miniature roses in 4 or 5"-inch container
Sweet Alyssum in multi pack size
potting soil
Urn or container 5-gallon size is ideal
Fill your container up to 1-inch shy of the rim with well draining potting soil
 Remove all labels from bottle and wash inside and out before using in your container garden.
22-gauge florist wire to wrap around bottle
2- bottles (nicely shaped)
2-wine corks
1-Covered wire stem (to make top of arbor)
Sharp scissors
1-heart-shaped cookie cutter
1-package of red "sparkle glass"
Package of small white pebbles
pantyhose discards



1. Select two identical bottles, wash inside and out, remove labels.
2. Starting at the bottom of the bottle, wrap 22-gauge florist wire around the base and extend to neck of bottle.
    Twist wire to other side of bottle neck and extend downward to bottom of bottle.
    Cut wire and tighten ends together.
3. Wrap floral wire horizontally around the bottle to create a "trellis" grid for the roses to be attached to.
    Wrap at least 3 horizontal wires.
4. Drill a small hole on top of wine corks with end of scissors or small nail.
    (This will make inserting the wire for the "arbor top" easier).
5. Twist a couple of covered wire stems together and shape into a small arch.
6. Insert the two bottles into the potting soil, burying approximately, 1/2 – 1"-inch of the bottom of the bottle.
    Make sure the two are at the same level and directly across each other.
7. Insert the wine corks into the bottles and join the two bottles by inserting bent covered wire into each of the corks.
    This is the top of your arbor.
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8. Plant your roses on each side of the bottle and attach stems to the grid using small pieces of pre-bent wire.
9. Plant sweet alyssum along edges of your container.
10.Cover the soil with old pantyhose or landscaping material so that the topping won't sink into the soil after watering.
     Top with white pebbles.
Miniature rose garden floor covered with white pebbles
11. Insert the heart-shaped cookie cutter into the pebbles and top with red sparkle glass.
12. Cover the bare soil near the plants with sphagnum moss
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13. Hang a small crystal pendant from arbor.
14. Place a small bench in your garden.
Water lightly and place indoors near sunny window or outside in covered patio in bright spot.
After roses fade, plant them in your yard in a sunny location that get six hours of full sun each day.
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1. Water your miniature rose garden when the soil feels dry to the touch.
2. Remove old flowers once they are spent to keep the garden looking fresh
3. As rose plants grows, you can re-pot each rose in it's own container or plant outdoors in the garden as weather permits.


Contrary to popular practice, you don't have to throw away your supermarket miniature rose when it stops blooming.
These roses are just as strong as their full sized counterparts.
Many miniature roses will grow up to 2-3'-feet tall when planted in the ground and are ideal for small spaced gardens.
Plant your miniature rose outdoors in the spring after all threat of frost is over in a location that receives at least 6 hours of full sun.
Water, fertilize as often as you would your full size roses.

More Miniature and Fairy Gardens by Shirley Bovshow

I've created a number of miniature and fairy gardens throughout the years.

Here are some links to other blog posts as well as videos of my projects.



Fairy Gardening: Miniature Garden Ideas

Miniature Rose Garden: Container Idea

Butterdish Terrarium by Shirley Bovshow


Videos on Miniature and Fairy Gardening with Shirley Bovshow


"How to Make Your First Fairy Garden and Miniature Garden"


"Make a Mini Garden With Sun Parasol Garden Crimson Mandevilla"

Do you have any questions about miniature or fairy gardens that I can answer?

Subscribe to EdenMakers and learn how to create Paradise at home with Shirley!

How to Pronounce Poinsettia Correctly

Poinsettia Plants for Christmas and Holidays. Do you know how to pronounce Poinsettia correctly?

How do YOU pronounce "Poinsettia?"

Do you say "POIN-SETTA?"

How about "POIN-SETTIA," with emphasis on the long "i" at the end?


Watch Shirley Bovshow in this fast 20-second video,  "How to Pronounce Poinsettia Correctly" from her Garden World Report Show and see how well you did!


Watch Shirley on the Home & Family Show on the Hallmark Channel for weekly gardening segments!


Infographic: Techniques For Easy Plant Propagation

Remove_lower_leaves_of_stem_cutting_for_propagation as seen with this geranium

Infographics are dynamic communication tools for explaining technical information in visual form.

I found one for easy plant propagation that I want to share with you.


Interested in propagating plants?
I started a series called "Multiply Your Plant" that you can watch on YouTube and created a playlist titled, "Multiply Your Plants With Shirley."
Here's a beginner propagation plant- geraniums!
Let me know if you try it and how  well you do!

"How to Turn One Geranium Into Many Geraniums!"






Scary Plants: Giant Pitcher Plant, Brugmansia, Teddy Bear Cactus


Brugmansia, Pitcher Plant and Teddy Bear Cactus are amazing works of nature that also qualify as "scary plants" because of their menacing traits!

My intention is not to discourage you from adding these plants to your garden or to encourage you to throw them away if you have them.

I just want you to be aware of the "darker side" of these plants!


I wrote the "Scary Plants" script for my "Way to Grow" series featuring newbie gardeners Ari and Emma.


Please watch this short, informative, and eye-opening video!


Scary Plants: Giant Pitcher Plant, Brugmansia and Teddy Bear Cactus




Giant Pitcher Plant  

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Nepenthes attenboroughii1. Giant Pitcher Plant



This exotic, carnivorous plant is native to the Phillipines where nature designed it to  be a meat eating machine.






Any insect, small bird or rodent who has the unfortunate experience of falling prey to the Pitcher plants fragrant but poisonous lure will testify from the grave to STAY AWAY!


The Giant pitcher plant secretes an attractive nectar, that also happens to be sticky, making it almost impossible to escape! 


Once the insect or other victim is in it's grasp, it falls through the large 11-inch flower opening into a deadly cauldron of toxic enzymes and acid where it dies and becomes plant food!




 Angel Trumpet- Brugmansia



The gorgeous, giant , trumpet-like, flower of the Brugmansia adorns many gardens and patios where it's fruity fragrance can be enjoyed closeup.


Just don't get too close because all of the Brugmansia parts are poisonous and contain the tropane alkaloid, scopolamine and atropine.


Tropain alkaloids pack a  powerful hallucinogenic and opiate effect that has been connected to scorcery and witchcraft for hundreds of years.


The BAD witch kind!




"Teddy Bear Cactus" Cylindropuntia bigelovii


Don't let the common name, "Teddy Bear"  fool you!
This is no sweet, squeezable plant.
Spoon up to this "teddy Bear" cholla cactus and you'll likely die from fatal stab wounds all over your body!
The name teddy bear comes from the "fuzzy soft" look of the plant from a distance- where you should stay!
The teddy bear cactus is covered by silvery-white spines, which are actually a form of leaf, that are one-inch long and sharp as a razor.
The plant is also highly flamable, so don't smoke when near it!
Luckily for most people, the teddy bear cactus grows wild in the southwest desert and you have to make an effort to visit there.
Not an easy plant to run into, literally!

More Scary Plants: Oleander and Monkshood!

Oleander- Nerium oleander

The scariest thing about the Oleander is that it is a popular plant that adorns many landscapes and masquerades as an innocent "pretty, flowering hedge!"
Not so!
Unsuspecting, curious kids and hungry pets have fallen prey to the glossy leaves, colorful flowers and deadly fruit that contains cardiac glycosides which leads to cardiac arrest!
Home gardener beware of the devilish Oleander!


Monkshood  is a flower with killer looks!
People have fallen in love with the Monkhood's charming and uncommon blue flower color.
Don't be a victim of a plant "fatal attraction!"  
At the end of this "Cupid's bow" is a poison found in Monkshood called aconite which is one of the most formidable poisonous substances known to man.
As a matter of fact, the Neanderthals used the toxic liquid from the tuber of the plant and smeared it onto their sharp arrowheads to kill both beasts and human beings!
Now that you are aware of some "scary plant" facts, please share this "Way to Grow" video and blog post  with a friend!
Hope you enjoyed the special "Halloween-inspired" post.
Way to Grow" Video Series

Garden designer Shirley Bovshow and her two apprentices, comedians Ariana Seigel and Emma Tattenbaum-Fine, take you through the basics with a fun Gardening 101 series.

Shirley brings the expertise; Ari and Emma bring the cluelessness.

If Shirley can teach them to garden, she can definitely teach you!

New video every Friday!

Garden Designer's Roundtable Blog Posts About "Dangerous Plants!"

Read these other articles about "dangerous plants" from members of GDRT:


Rebecca Sweet, Harmony in the Garden

Pam Penick, Digging

Mary Gallagher Gray : Black Walnut Dispatch : Washington, D.C.

How to Feed Your Soil, Read a Fertilizer Label

How-to-read-fertilizer-label-and feed your soil video with Shirley Bovshow

Learn how to feed your soil and read a plant fertilizer label. Ari and Emma ("bodybuilder dudes" in this video) demonstrate how soil nutrition is similar to human nutrition.


Garden expert, Shirley Bovshow explains how soil breaks down plant nutrients, what the numbers on a fertilizer box mean and demonstrates how to properly fertilize a plant.


"Way to Garden" is a unique "gardening 101" series that blends solid gardening information and humor.

Garden designer and garden coach Shirley Bovshow shares her gardening tips and creative design ideas with two young newbie gardeners (and comedians) Ari and Emma.


Watch the complete, entertaining series and build a basic foundation for gardening and crafting from the garden!

Learn to Garden With Shirley Bovshow: “Way to Grow” Series

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It's time to learn to garden and stop watching from the sidelines!

Go ahead get your hands dirty and feet wet with my new video series, "Way to Grow!"


"Way to Grow" is a beginner gardening video series that airs on the Youtube, "Digs" channel and is produced by a company named Meredith.

Perhaps you're familiar with their uber-popular  magazine, "Better Homes and Gardens?!!"

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I was also the garden expert for season one show on Digs channel, "Gardens of the Rich and Famous."

We changed the name and focus of the garden show for season two with more of an emphasis on gardening "how-to" videos.


New videos are posted every Friday and stars comedians, Ariana Siegel and Emma Tattenbaum-Fine, two young women from New York, and myself.

These funny gals add a spark of entertainment to the series as my "clueless" gardening students!

If I can teach them to garden, you have no excuses!




New Gardeners: Learn to garden with Shirley on "WAY TO GROW" video series. Fun gardening school!


"Way to Grow" tackles  basic gardening topics including plant types, essential tools, soil basics, pest management, growing food, and creative projects from the garden using re-purposed materials.

My hope is that if you enjoy the videos, you'll embed them in your blogs and websites and share them with your gardening friends on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

Have at it!


"Taking Care of New Plant-Baby on Way to Grow"



Enjoy the "Way to Grow" trailer video.

Video Description:

Ari and Emma are raising a little plant-baby together! Cuuute! Shirley will be back for Season 2 of Way to Grow, beginning September 14th.

Stay tuned for new videos every Friday that teach the basics of gardening and keep you up to speed on all the smartest gardening trends.

Subscribe to DIGS!

Yes, we are sillybut I bet it will help you remember some important gardening information!


"Way to Grow"  Video Segment Calendar

Friday     9/7/ 12                 Series Trailer- "Taking Care of Your New Plant-Baby on Way to Grow!"
Friday     9/14/12                "Cocktail Gardening: Grow Mint, Basil and Cilantro!"
Friday    9/21/12                 "Harvesting Artichokes Before They Flower- Garden Tip of the Day!"

Friday    9/28/12                  Top 5 Garden Tools/ Plant Basics for New Gardeners     


Friday    10/5/12                 Feeding Your Garden Soil: How to Read A Fertilizer Label             


Friday    10/12/ 12              How to Start Seeds: Gardening Tips        


Friday    10/19/1                 Garden Bugs: Good Bug vs. Bad Bug       


Friday    10/26/12               Scary Plants! (Halloween video)               


Friday    11/2/1                   Vertical Herb Garden: Build a Living Spice Rack with Repurposed Tomato Cages               


Friday    11/9/12                How to Build a Garden Terrarium: Materials, Plants, Decor          


Friday    11/16/12               Abundant Plants – Top 5 Plants That Give the Most         


Friday    11/23/12              How to Tell if Your Garden Plant is Dead: Common Plant Misdiagnosis     


Friday    11/30/12              Garden Plants with Benefits: Interesting Plant Facts       


Friday    12/7/2012             How to Make a Miniature and Fairy Garden: Container Garden Design Ideas     


Friday    12/14/2012           Make a Living, Succulent Tapestry Pillow by Shirley Bovshow: Garden Craft     


Friday    12/21/2012            Five Easy Dwarf Fruit Trees to Grow in Containers: Small Space Gardens              


Friday    12/28/2012            How to Shop at a Garden Center for New Gardeners      



I'll be posting new videos from "Way to Grow" here, so subscribe to my blog, EdenMakers AND, subscribe to the Digs Channel on Youtube!


Happy Gardening.




Movie Garden: “The Tree” Australian Tree Lover Film

Moreton Bay Fig Tree From The Tree Movie EdenMakers Blog

Movie Garden: "The Tree," is an Australian film that will resonate with tree lovers.

That's all that I'll reveal.


One of the main characters is a huge, imposing Moreton Bay fig tree.




Bathtub Raised Garden Beds


  1. What caught my eye in this movie are the bathtubs that are used as raised gardens in this Australian vegetable garden.
  2. Bathtubs have built-in drain holes and are the perfect dimensions for comfortable gardening.
  3. You never know what garden inspiration you'll stumble upon watching a movie!
  5. Casting a Tree For the Movie

  6. Garden lovers, you may find the video about "casting" the tree for the movie interesting. 

I did!



The Tree- Behind the Tree-Casting the Tree