Saturday, January 22, 2011

Washing Machines and Art Collide in a Santa Barbara Garden


"Honey, I'm so proud of you turning off the tube and taking a sculpture class at the community college. And I'm sure there's a perfect spot near the hose bibb where that thing be very happy."

Unfortunately, that's how a lot of "art" winds up in the garden, along with the accumulation of stuff you just couldn't pass up at the swap meet. Some people have a knack for "eclectic", but for the rest of us, there's another way to personalize your garden.

Take the approach my clients John and Constance Thayer used, for example. Their new garden was something they'd been waiting years to design and build. When it came time to put the finishing touches on the garden, Jonstance (that's how they sign their e-mails; I think it's cute.) took their time and saw the importance of marrying the ideal pieces with each garden room.

If you were the Thayer's letter carrier, you'd know right away that these folks know how to have fun.


See more fun art and a perfect bench at my Cool Green Gardens blog at Fine Gardening.

4 comments:

crayzys said...

Miss your blog posts. You must be gardening. Take care. Loved your garden book selections in edhat Santa Barbara.

landscape designer san diego said...

Take the approach my clients John and Constance Thayer used, for example. Their new garden was something they'd been waiting years to design and build.

Jean said...

I am building a collection of pictures of mailboxes. My son and daughter work for the post office. He's been taking cell phone pictures of them and entry rugs, the personalities of the exterior of houses.

Thank for the picture. Could you tell me more about its elements and its development. Fascinated by the tree-like limbs.

Best to you from Ann Arbor, MI

Garden Wise Guy said...

Jean: Sounds like a fun, arty project. Did you click through and read the full article at Fine Gardening? There's a bit more info there. As for how it was constructed, I can't say. My client found it at the now-defunct Nofufi Gallery in Encinitas, CA (near San Diego). I think the artist is Rick Hartner. Sorry I can add more. bg