Almost Ancient Pots

February 1, 2016

Just a note. Pete & I are working on the products and the photos areas of the site, and since it is homemade (just like the planters), sometimes it takes us a while!!

Twenty years ago, I stumbled upon something new while looking for a class for c.e.u.'s for my horticulture certificate. The time fit my schedule, and off I went to Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida to take a class in something called Hypertufa.

By the end of the day, I was hooked. I held my first workshop the following year, and soon started making pots for retail. In 2009, the circle was complete as I returned to Leu to teach.

I'm still hooked on Hypertufa. My horticulture certificate has expired, since my time is spent making pots. The containers are rustic and natural, and they provide a perfect growing environment when used for planting.  They are also lovely next to the fireplace or with a dried arrangement.

Look for a class at your local botanical garden or come to Florida and join one of my workshops. Leu Gardens in Orlando is a perfect place for me to teach and for you to visit - a top tier botanical garden on the quieter side of the city, near museums and shopping.

If you want to feel good about your gardening efforts, visit mine - always in transition and certainly never perfect.  I continue to enjoy my Keyhole Garden. The rubble wall is full up to the top, providing condo living for lizards and frogs, who then help rid the garden of bugs.

I just found out about another type of raised garden, a hugelkultur (German) and may have to build one.  I really appreciate gardening up a little higher and not on hands and knees!

It's officially Winter in Northeast Florida - perfect time to plant shrubbery, trees and winter vegetables and flowers. My spinach, kale and peas are suffering a bit, since it's only the last week that it's cold enough for their liking.

On the warm days, you will find me in the garage making pots - trying to keep up with my classics while adding some new ideas.  With Pete's help, we are creating incredible tiles from resin, rock & copper.  It's great fun, and you never know what will come next. 

2016 is here!  New ideas, new shows and old favorites for the new year.

I am pleased to have been invited to be a South Carolina State Parks Artist in Residence in 2016.  In exchange for a free weeklong stay in a cozy cabin at Poinsett State Park, I will create a piece to display at the park.  I'll keep you up to date on this exciting addition to my calendar.

See you soon,

Melanie

My Garden

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Awards

1st Place
Art in the Park
McIntosh Art Association, Georgia 2015

1st Place National Cornbread Festival
S. Pittsburg, Tennessee 2015

Latest News

2015 was a great year, 22 shows in 5 states.  I met many new and reconnected with past customers and friends in Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina and Tennessee - lots of miles on the old Dodge van, and only one blowout and one new set of tires.


2016 kicks off in Vero Beach, the first weekend in February.


Details and links to all of our events, click here

Special Orders


I love to make special pieces just for you, but remember, it's not an instant process. It takes me at least 30 days to make a planter.

I will meet you at a show for delivery, or, if I am going to be in your area, I will gladly deliver.  I do not ship due to the weight. 

 
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