Wooden Garden Gate Idea Using Large Branches

A DIY Idea for Constructing a Wooden Garden Gate - An Element of Functional Art for Your Garden Hey everyone. I've had this photo in my files for some time now (yup - I save up photos as I stumble upon them if I think they'll be of interest to y'all ;) ) and am trying to clean up my "to be filed" folder. I decided to post this today because for a … [Read more...]

Book Review “Garden Gnomes – A History”

A New Book Just Released on Garden Gnome History I received a very nice email recently from "Twigs Way", the author of a new book about garden gnomes, asking if I'd be kind enough to review it and make a mention about it on my blog. … [Read more...]

Garden Gnome Averts Disaster!

This "Good Luck" Garden Gnome Kept a Huge TreeFrom Toppling & Causing Damage I've got an informative page on my website about garden gnomes that caught the attention of an artistic gardening friend, Bill. He was kind enough to share the following story and photos with all of you that read my blog. I told him of course we'd all be interested! … [Read more...]

Tips For Repairing Broken Terra Cotta, Clay, Or Concrete Garden Art Items

Helpful Tips To Ensure More Successful Repairs I received an email the other day from garden art friend Louisa G. who was kind enough to share some very helpful ideas pertaining to repairing broken garden art items (or anything else you might have around the house that needs to be stuck back together, for that matter). Whether you are using a … [Read more...]

Do-It-Yourself Tomato Cage – Make One With Copper Tubing

Those Whimpy (And Ugly!) Wire Tomato Cages Really Aren't Big Enough Or Strong Enough! So let's make good looking, sturdy and long lasting cages from copper tubing! Right after I posted the Copper Trellis Project the other day, I received a nice email from Odile saying: Hi Claudia, I have been a subscriber to your Artistic Gardener newsletter and … [Read more...]

A Copper Trellis Project

How About A Copper Trellis For Your Garden? Need a nifty idea on how to make an attractive looking trellis for your tomato or viney-type plants? Use copper tubing that you can find at any "big box" store or plumbing supply store. The neat thing about copper is that if you don't coat it with a clear sealant, it'll get a wonderful greenish patina … [Read more...]

What Is The Best Craft Glue For My Bowling Ball Project?

Not All Craft Glues Or Adhesives Work For Every Type Of Project I recevied an email from Jayne who asked: Hi Claudia, I would like to know what type of adhesive is best for making 'mosaic' garden balls using bowling balls. I tried silicone but the mosaic pieces loosen after a while. I need an adhesive that will survive freeze/thaw cycles ... … [Read more...]

Garden Yard Art To Scare Away The Birds

This Is One Creative Bird Chaser! I came across this great photo of a very creative piece of garden yard art today and I thought "I've just got to share this with my visitors." Plus ... for many of us, thoughts of what we are going to plant in our vegetable garden is looming in our minds. Warm weather is slowly starting to take hold. So I … [Read more...]

Clay Pot Woman Instructions Wanted

Clay Pot Woman - Do You Have Project Instructions? I received an email from Renee who asked: Quite a while ago I saw directions for a terra cotta (clay) woman pot person. Then my house burned down and I lost the directions. Do you have directions for a woman pot person? Thank you. My reply: Hi Renee: Thank you for contacting me and I am … [Read more...]

Garden Mirrors Make An Interesting Accent

Ideas For Using A Garden Mirror And Outdoor Safety Tips Wanda emailed and asked: I want a mirror for my garden. I have heard there are plastic mirrors or that stainless steel would be good for a mirror. Can you tell me if you have made one and how you did it. I want it to be fairly large. Oh, and thanks for the info on your garden mirror … [Read more...]