Friday, 18 July 2014

Flowering Friday - Rudbeckia hirta - Such a sunny disposition!

Rudbeckia hirta 'Indian Summer'
This lovely little clump of Rudbeckia seeded itself in our gravel driveway. Talk about drought tolerant! The flower is actually quite large... about the size of my outstretched hand.
I just love their sunny disposition! These native perennial flowers always seem to be smiling. : )
Happy Friday, everyone! ~ Karen

Monday, 14 July 2014

DIY indoor or outdoor gardening fun! - Minature Gardens for Fairy inhabitants & other Wee folk!

 Glue gun in hand, I've been creating wee furniture out of twigs, moss, birch bark, and other findings from the forest floor. There are a lot of materials at hand if one is looking for them!
The garden above is in a clay saucer. I've added sempervivums, (aka. Hens & Chicks, or Houseleeks), little polished pebbles for stepping stones, moss, lichens, and some smaller scale flowers which suit the tiny landscapes. There is a miniature chair sitting there waiting to be occupied by some little entities! And who knows???... Maybe there is someone sitting there and we just can't see it! ;)
 Here's a miniature garden I created in a larger moss basket. It has little river rocks to form a stream under the twig bridge I made. Lots of small scale plants, including a spider plant, a few herbs, and a licorice plant with tiny leaves.
And one more Fairy garden with a wee pond in it. I made a twig dock for the faerie folk to sit on! Again, more small plants, lots of moss, and the rocks to denote a water feature. I added a porcelain mushroom, just to glam it up a bit!

I hope you enjoy these little gardens as much as I do creating them! Have fun creating your own, too! Thanks for stopping by!
~ Karen

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Fairy gardens should have Fairy garden tools! It's only fair. ; )

 I got to thinking about these wee Fairy gardens I've been creating. It seems only right that the wee folk who 'inhabitat' them should have some gardening tools of their own. So I decided to create a wheelbarrow, spade, trowel, and a couple of different rakes for them to use!

Have to admit, I'm hooked. Gardening for the 'wee folk' is really quite addictive.
If you are interested in creating some of these for your own Fairy garden, and you're in the Haliburton Highlands this weekend, please visit my 'workshop' page for more info, or to call/email an r.s.v.p. - Spaces are limited. Thank you!

Happy gardening, and thanks for stopping by! ~ Karen

Seashells and succulents - Sharing a container garden in a conch shell

 I came across a large conch shell and thought it would make a great container for succulents, especially this time of year! A beach theme! So, in went some sempervivums, (hens & chicks or houseleeks), some Irish moss, and some creeping Jenny. Next, I added a few wee seashells and rocks just to complete the look.
Having lots of fun in the shop! Drop in and say hello, get/share some ideas, or take a workshop with me if you're in #MyHaliburtonHighlands! Have a great day! ~ Karen

Saturday, 28 June 2014

#Fairy #Garden #Workshop - Learn about the 'Wee Folk' on Sat. July 5th - 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in #MyHaliburtonHighlands!

Fairy Garden Workshop

Come learn about the 'Wee Folk'! 
Fairy gardening is one of the fastest growing hobbies in gardening in North America.
Join Karen at Wall Flower Studio and create your very own fairy garden.

Workshop includes soil, container, choice of fairy plants, a fairy house and stones and pebbles. Handmade fairy garden furniture is available to purchase as well.

Snacks and refreshments provided!
  • Sat. July 5th
  • 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.    
  • Cost $40.00
 To reserve your space, please contact Karen at: sloanartgallery@gmail.com 
(or)  Tel. 705-286-6999
To view some of my sold pieces, please visit my Flickr page. Thank you!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Welcome to Wall Flower Studio! A retail garden experience in the Village of Minden. Yet another reason to visit #MyHaliburtonHighlands!

It has been a dream of mine to open a garden shop for many years. Well, it's finally come true!
I had SO much fun decorating the shop, but in particular, dressing the window. I went for a whimsical garden look. :)
Come in and browse, exchange ideas, chat about gardening, and find something to do with gardening, indoors & out, that is not available anywhere else, because that's what I want my shop to be all about.
Wall Flower Studio offers original art, gift baskets, terrariums, non-gmo seeds, bird, butterfly & bat houses, bath & beauty products, herb gardening, air plants, a mail order catalog, workshops, plus a whole lot more!
Bring in your garden containers! I'd be happy to dress them up for you. And just to add, I also do onsite gardening and design consultations, too.
Directions to Wall Flower Studio - 115 Bobcaygeon Rd, (main street) in Minden, Ontario Canada
Business hours at Wall Flower Studio
Thanks for visiting! Happy Gardening : )
~ Karen

Monday, 16 June 2014

Wall Flower Studio's Grand Opening Store event is this Saturday! Here in #MyHaliburtonHighlands!

Though I've ran a home-based business for many years, it has always been my goal to open a brick and mortar shop in Minden Ontario, here in #MyHaliburtonHighlands.
After discovering the right location, and the timing being right as well, I'm pleased to announce the GRAND OPENING this coming weekend, right on the Summer Solstice no less!

Win me : )
Enter the lucky draw! Add your name/email (or business card) to the bowl on our front desk on opening day to win a terrarium!  The winner will be contacted next Wednesday, June 25th. to pick up their prize! Good luck, everyone!! (No purchase necessary)

Wall Flower Studio is not just a shop but also an destination, offering many gardening related workshops and demonstrations. And just to add, I'm always happy to answer your horticultural & gardening related questions.


At present, I'm setting up a web store to offer my customers the option to shop online. For the time being, if you're in Minden drop in, have a look around, and say hello!

We're open 6 days a week. Closed Tuesdays - Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Below is a sampling of some of the products I personally create and manufacture & package locally! These products, and more, are just a little taste of what is yet to come!
Herb Garden kits in a can! - Non-gmo seeds. 

A variety of foot scrubs, organic tea, bath, beauty & skincare products. Handmade in small batches at
Wall Flower Studio

Terrariums and indoor gardening gifts

Clay masks and sumptuous bath soaks

Healing lip balm and gardener salves - All organic ingredients

Fairy furniture and gardens! Fun for kids of all ages

Seed Bombs! Throw & Grow. 

Lots of Lavender sachets! I throw mine in the dryer. 

Assorted air plants and terrariums

Plantable paper notecards and wedding favors

Organic & non-gmo wildflower seed collections 

Organic Goat's Milk Soaps
A selection of original artwork is available

Look for the oddest creatures roaming about the store, too! This wee fellow is made of Papier-mache.

I should get back to work!Enjoy your week, and I do hope to see you on Saturday!
Cheers, Karen

Directions to Wall Flower Studio
Directly beside the bridge in Minden, Ontario, right between the Grill on the Gull and the Dominion Hotel.
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For information about the beautiful Haliburton Highlands, please visit #MyHaliburtonHighlands - Thank you!