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15 Clockwise from top left: Susan Baehmann fills the bottom of the vessel with a layer of pebbles. She arranges the furniture in her miniature dish garden; close-up of tea party; potting the creeping oak leaf fig. Opposite: Frog and dog, bunny and hen meet for tea. When a miniature cast metal table and chairs set caught her eye, it wandered to a matching trellis and she wondered what could come of pairing the pieces. “A trellis is actually nice because you can get something to grow up over it,” she says as she plants the fairy garden’s gateway near the edge of the rim. She anchors the trellis with tiny oak leaf creep-ing figs. Choosing plants that require the same degree of light, shade, moisture and temperature, she adds a pair of hypoestes, commonly known as polka dot plants, on the opposite edge of the bowl. A miniature parlor palm adds an element of elegance to the tableaux in the making. She populates the scene with wee porcelain animals: a dog, a hen, a bunny and a frog. Like characters from a Beatrix Potter story, Baehmann assembles the guests in the chairs arranged around the table set for tea. “If you are really clever, you can make one yourself,” she says, setting the table with a tea pot made from an acorn shell, and four matching cups. To offset the bowl’s green glaze, she pulls set pieces introducing a shade of turquoise found in a plant cart equipped with tiny pots, a fish pond, a bird house and a whirligig. After draining the moss, Susan Baehmann lays it like a carpet of grass across the diminutive landscape and wipes the edge of the rim with her green thumbs. www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM


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