Create inspired spaces--bonus photographs

Four more photographs to inspire your modeling pursuits
Nancy Norris
Discovered by the author at the University of California’s Botanical Gardens in Berkeley, the fluffy aquatic plant called dwarf parrots feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum minima, Zones 6-10) cascades next to water falling into a pond filled with natives, like roundleaf toothcup (Rotala rotundifolia Zones 6-13). Visit
A  “Aquatics have wet feet," August 2008
“The natives are friendly," October 2014
Nancy Norris
In Fort Collins, Colorado, Northern Colorado Garden Railroaders built an automated public railway for The Gardens on Spring Creek. Easy-care sedums and sempervivums fill in the valley where 3” passengers board the gondola to the cement mountain, which doubles as train storage. Visit
C “Solutions for train storage," April 2016
D “How we promote the hobby," April 2013
Nancy Norris
The Virgin Islands’ Hardiness Zone 13 seems to support dwarf creeping fig (Ficus pumila minima, Zones 9-11). For a measurable size reference, the tour guide touches the large air plant (Tillandsia, sp.). Rather than a dry, boring wall, Plantation Crown and Hawk Botanical Garden, St. Thomas, VI, uses every available space to garden. Note how root-like holdfasts under vines stick the plant to stucco. Visit
E “O-scale living scenery," Spring 2019
F  “Verticality – create the towering awe factor," April 2010
Nancy Norris
One of the coldest spots in the US in winter is atop Mt. Washington, New Hampshire, well above the ‘tree line’. Here the full-scale cog railway (first in the world!) approaches the summit on the trestle, “Jacobs Ladder”. Hikers have “easy” access on the gravel trail that runs alongside the railway giving us a clue how to access the railway in the garden. Visit
G  “Micro-miniatures: low-down groundhuggers," December 2010
H “How to get in and out of your railway," August 2010


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