Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Garden Art. Friend or Foe?

I have always been thrown off when clients ask me how I feel about 'garden art'.  There is such a wide range of products that are in this catagory. I find it impossible to lump them all together and decide if I like it or not.

For instance, gazing balls.  I just don't get it.  Who sits in their garden staring at a shiny ball while being surrounded by an endless amount of natural beauty?  And not to mention how fragile they are!  I start getting sweaty palms just looking at one.  To me, it says, "I have nothing interesting in my garden, so you might as well gaze into this ball."  I guess I'm just more of a lava lamp kind of girl.

Last summer, I attended the Cracked Pots Garden Art Show at McMenamins Edgefield Hotel just outside of Portland, Oregon.  The Garden Art Show featured a wide variety of 'garden art' all made from at least 75% repurposed or recycled materials.  Here are a few items that I found interesting.

Unfortunatley, I do not have the contact information for these artists.  I am pretty sure they can be located through Crackedpots if you are interested in purchasing any of these items.

 I like garden art that is raw, from the earth and cohesive with the natural environment.   Art that serves a general purpose within a space.

To see more photos like these, go to Blooming Desert's website.

I drive by Pine Mountain Sports here in town several times a week.   They display and sell some great 'garden art'.  Check out this rock art from the rock guy.  Perfect for the sports lover in your family!

I guess like any art, 'garden art' too is in the eye of the beholder.  Despite my cranky attitude on things like gazing balls, I believe that if it makes you happy, then by all means, put it in your garden!

Gnome matter if you love it or hate it, garden art will be around.  Take a good look.  Perhaps it is closer than you think!


  1. I also think it depends on the style of your garden. That is important too. An English or cottage garden would look lovely with a gazing ball but not in perhaps a more modern style garden. Those are beautiful art objects from Crackedpots and I would love some of those earthy art works in my wildlife garden....

  2. Thanks for sharing your garden art views. It made for an interesting read. I too like the idea of using repurposed and recycled materials. It feels more cohesive with working with nature.

  3. I love garden art, especially when the art and the garden compliment each other. Great photos -- although I too am puzzled by gazing globes. Thanks for the post!

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