Almost Ancient Pots

 November 18, 2015

More than 20 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 sale through local festivals. In 2009, the circle was complete as I returned to Leu to teach.

I'm still hooked on Hypertufa, and I think you will be, too. 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. The joy of Florida is that I work and teach outside year round.  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, never finished 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 rid the garden of bugs. I keep adding manure and peat every year and compostables to the center.

It's officially Fall in Northeast Florida.  It's the perfect time to plant shrubbery, trees and winter vegetables and flowers, as the evenings do cool off just a bit.  The sun is still very hot, so protect those new plants. My favorite Fall plant is croton - Southern Fall colors.

You will find me in the garage making pots - trying to keep up with my classics while adding some new ideas.  Pete is creating incredible tiles from resin, rock & copper.  It's great fun, and you never know what will come next. At every show, customers give me ideas for what they would like to see me create, and I often give it a try.

2016 creeping is creeping up fast!  New ideas and more new ideas for the new year.

Jump in - try hypertufa - make a mess!

See you soon,


My Garden

Click Here for Slideshow


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

1st Place
S. Pittsburg, Tennessee 2015

Latest News

I have just returned from my last 2015 show, in the beautiful moutains of North Georgia.  The weather was quite different from 2015's first show in Vero Beach back in February.  It's been a great year, 22 shows accomplished.  I've met so many new customers 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 one new set of tires!

A last minute calendar addition: Saturday, December 12, Join me at historic Nehrling Gardens in Gotha, Florida for their Holiday Celebration & Amaryllis Festival.  This is a special place, the home of famed horticulturist Dr. Henry Nehrling.


And then, I'll be making pots and plans for 2016, which will kick off 1/16 & 1/17 at the 15th Annual Sebastian Riverfront Fine Art & Music Festival, Sebastian, FL. 

I have lots of ideas for changes and I'll always be making your favorites.

Hope to see you at Nehrling, or in 2016!



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 order tiles and make a planter. Custom molds also add to the time needed.

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. 

Address Pots

Click Here for more info    Allow at least 30 days for completion.

What is a Keyhole Garden?
Pete & I built a Keyhole Garden - Click here for pics!

Think BIG
Making L.C.'s
Very Large Planter
© 2015 Almost Ancient Pots   ::   904-744-1890    ::