Garden art

Sculptures, ornaments, fountains, and assembled objects are among the items regarded as garden art. Whether professional works, like Dale Chihuly, or recycled discards, they enhance one's garden.

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They range from objects in a more formal garden, in a backyard or on a front lawn. From human or animal figures to ornaments or whirlygigs, this kind of art can inspire or amuse.  They can be painted or plain, made of wood, metal, or cement, of glass or mosaics.

The revolutionary yardscape : ideas for repurposing local materials to create containers, pathways, lighting, and more
Matthew Levesque.
Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2010.
Transforming such materials as discarded stove elements, copper pipe, copper sheet, tumbled ceramic dish shards, and used timbers into uniform and attractive building materials, Levesque incorporates the unlikely into creative solutions for the garden and patio. Filled with specific guidelines on how various tools and materials are best used, and where to acquire used materials, the book includes sections on containers, fences, seating, decking, pathways, and outdoor candleholders that give directions on their materials and creation. Filled with photos, this practical guide also includes a glossary and list of resources. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Easy concrete : 43 DIY projects for home & garden
Malena Skote.
New York : Lark Books, 2010.
Creating with concrete is easier than most do-it-yourselfers imagine, and the results can be spectacular and practical. With beautiful photography,Easy Concretemakes the material truly inviting, and the simple instructions cover everything from creating molds out of cardboard, wood, and metal to using hypertufa-a versatile type of concrete made with peat moss. There is also helpful guidance on adding the perfect finish and decorative details. With 43 projects that include outdoor pots, candleholders, garden benches, and a compost bin, this is the perfect introduction to a highly useful craft.

Does a garden that is a thing of beauty created by nature, need something we create to make it more beautiful?  Some homeowners might want an artistic creation, while others lean to the playful, the funny, or the funky.  And there are those pieces of garden art that are rustic, charming, or whimsical.

Even furniture and some accessories, such as a place for eating or sitting, are also examples of garden art.  These create an extension of the home into the outdoors. A carefully chosen and placed piece complements the outdoor space. 

Hang it, attach it to a wall or fence, or sit it on a post.  If someone made it and it evokes a response from the viewer, that piece of  garden art is a work of art.  For those open to seeing it, the garden enhances the art, and the art enhances the garden.

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Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff