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3 gift ideas for the garden décor enthusiast

by Timber Press on November 27, 2012

in Gardening

Bamboo edging, one of many ideas from Handmade Garden Projects. Photo by Allan Mandell.

The garden décor enthusiast is a hybrid of sorts. Yes, they’re obsessed with beautiful things but they’re also committed do-it-yourselfers. You might say they like beautiful things—but with character. As children they made castles out of cardboard boxes and as adults they retain the same active imagination. The old tool box you couldn’t find? It’s now home to a collection of succulents while that long forgotten record collection, turned into vinyl wallflowers, hangs on the fence outside. And is that a cypress tree on the table in front of the hall window? Why, yes it is.

Here are three gift ideas to help the garden décor enthusiast in your life channel all that creative energy. And perhaps save the dining room chandelier from becoming a patio lantern.

The Unexpected Houseplant
by Tovah Martin
Tovah Martin doesn’t believe that gardening is something you leave on the porch along with the wet umbrellas and muddy hiking boots, something you hang up once the last vegetables have been harvested, canned, and labeled. “Plants are my décor,” she writes in The Unexpected Houseplant. The book is full of suggestions on how to achieve extraordinary results growing plants in a fairly ordinary growing environment, namely, your own home. But it’s not just about creating year-round indoor beauty, it’s also about maintaining a connection to other living things. It is the difference, Tovah writes, “between holding nature at arm’s length and embracing it into the heart of your home.”

 

Handmade Garden Projects
by Lorene Edwards Forkner
“I’m a handmade gardening gal,” writes Lorene Forkner. “My garden is my canvas.” Part idea inspiration and part instructional DIY guide, Handmade Garden Projects is tribute to the joy of adding your own unique mark on the landscape. Whether it be through urban cowgirl pavers or sleek succulent gutters, a glimmering glass birdbath or a rugged steel trellis, Lorene’s shared experience will guide and inspire readers to a more personal and more playful garden canvas of their own.

 

The Revolutionary Yardscape
by Matthew Levesque
Matthew Levesque came to garden by way of salvaged building materials. He began by speaking to gardeners about reusing local materials and ended up a gardener himself. The Revolutionary Yardscape is the result of this transformation. While Matthew covers the basics of hardscaping, garden construction, and outdoor décor, the book is really about imagining the endless possibilities of materials that are both economical and ecological. The projects and step-by-step instructions prove that beauty can come from the most unlikely sources and that your yard doesn’t have to be a political statement to be revolutionary.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bernadette Fox December 12, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Handmade Garden Projects sounds awesome – I need to put that on my Amazon wish list! 🙂 lol

2 Brian Ridder December 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Handmade Garden Projects would be perfect for you! I bet you and Lorene have a lot in common.

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