Almost Ancient Pots

June 20, 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!!

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 German hugelkultur and may have to build one.  I really appreciate gardening up a little higher and not on hands and knees!

Summer has arrived in Northeast Florida - it's hot and wet this week.  While it's a challenge to stay cool and hydrated, it's the perfect time to make my containers.

With Pete's help, we are creating incredible tiles from resin, rock & copper.  I always listen to your ideas and make notes at shows.  It's great fun, and you never know what will come next.  The newest this week is a gingko leaf and a small oak leaf.

I am pleased to have been accepted as a South Carolina State Parks Artist in Residence for 2016. In exchange for a free weeklong stay in a cabin at Poinsett State Park, I will create a piece to display at the park.  I will be there July 18 - 24th.  Come on up or over.  I plan to make return day trips to Swan Lake Iris Gardens and Pearl Fryar's magical place while I am in the area. The week will be for inspiration, and when I return home, I will create my gift for 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

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 This weekend, visit with me at Old Fourth Ward Park in Atlanta.

I know that Atlanta has many beautiful parks, but this, one of the newest, is outstanding. The contemporary design sets it apart - come and explore downtown!

 And just received this morning, an acceptance to Atalaya, September 23 - 25. I am currently reading the book about Anna & Archer's marriage.  Since I can't meet this incredible couple, I will enjoy Atalaya and Brookgreen as reflections of their unique personalities.

 

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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. 

 
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