I’m taking a little liberty with September’s Garden Designers Roundtable topic of renovation and restoration to focus on one of my favorite ways to breathe new life into a garden: Repurposing tired lawn ornaments, found objects and plain old junk into garden art. Instead of my usual chatter, this post is all about the photos.
From my own garden, my beloved Peace Lady sculpture, made entirely from reclaimed metal by artist Chad Glashoff.
This chic container started out as a fountain in my backyard. I later painted it blue, and turned it into a focal point at the end of a narrow side yard. When I renovated the space last year, my friends and fellow Master Gardeners Mary Lu and Bob Burchard disassembled the pieces, added a jaunty mosaic cowboy hat and poised them at the entrance to their blue garden. They even deviated from their mostly native plant palette and snuck in a few succulents. I wonder where this fountain will turn up next?
The next photos are from some of the gardens I visited at the Garden Writers Association symposium in Dallas last week. Fortunately for me, ace photographer Kerry Michaels of About.com:Container Gardening had camera troubles and asked to borrow mine, so I wound up with a file full of beautiful photos without lifting a finger. To see a larger image, just click on the photo.
On the other hand, why go to a lot of bother, when you can just stick a tricycle chassis on a rake and call it a day?
And finally, bathtubs repurposed as planters are so last season, but how romantic is this charming water feature?
Interested in hearing what other designers from around the country and across the pond have to say about restoration and renovation in the garden? Check out these posts:
Andrew Keys - Garden Smackdown - Boston, MA
Carolyn Gail Choi - Sweet Home and Garden Chicago
Genevieve Schmidt - North Coast Gardening - Arcata, CA
Jocelyn Chilvers - The Art Garden - Denver, CO
Lesley Hegarty and Robert Webber - Hegarty Webber Partnership - Bristol, UK
Rochelle Greayer - Studio G - Boston, MA
Susan Cohan - Miss Rumphius' Rules - Chatham, NJ