Art in the Garden
First published on garden.org on November 23, 2006, by Suzanne DeJohn
Gardens can look a little weary this time of year. After three seasons of color, fragrance, and texture, winter brings a quietude that some people love, and some people find, well, a bit boring. Do you find yourself longing for something to add pizzazz to your winter garden?
Art, in a Big Way
The exhibit has also made me look at my own garden in a different light. I'm usually drawn to natural-looking things -- meandering paths flanked by native plants rather than symmetrically planted petunias, twig fences rather than white picket ones. But now I'm feeling the urge to expand my garden repertoire. I'm not sure how this will play out, but I'm trying to keep an open mind.
You can purchase artistic embellishments for your garden, such as gazing balls, decorative trellises, and sculptures. Or, you can play the role of artist. If the idea of creating a sculpture is overwhelming, start small. Take something functional, such as a bird feeder, and decorate it. Paint some terra cotta pots. As you get comfortable with stamping your style onto functional items, it will be less of a leap to create purely decorative pieces.
Scour thrift stores and antiques markets for objects that grab you, no matter what their original use. Old windows, bed frames, pottery, and coat racks can be the starting point for garden projects. Find inspiration in gardening magazines, craft books, and by visiting public gardens.
As you wander through your gardens this winter, consider where and how you might add your own unique flair. Maybe you're perfectly happy with your garden as is, and that's fine. But maybe your creative juices will get flowing and you'll be inspired to embark on a garden art project. Winter is the perfect time to dive in.
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