• Garden Art

    Recycled garden art: A gallery

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    Creating art in a Flea Market garden By “garden art” we mean the addition of man-made objects to a garden with the intent to accent plantings and beautify the garden. Here is a spotlight on some of the most intriguing and delightful displays of art in the garden. Some are in the eye of...

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    The ultimate ladybug garden

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    Ladybug garden

    Create a ladybug garden… Seeing Spots? Ladybugs are a hugely popular item to collect for garden ornaments and this cluster of ladybugs is so charming that heads turn whenever driving through the small ,…small town of Unionville, Iowa. Our own Jeanne Sammons was driving past this summer and photographed this whimsical ‘Love Bug’ for...

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    Jeanie’s ‘On-the Road’ garden tour

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    Jeanie's Garden Tour-featured

    4-Stop tour in beautiful Ohio “What a day I have had with my friends,” says, Jeanie Merritt…”and Ohhhh, the beautiful gardens we toured!  There isn’t anything better than four fun garden tours, all from Flea Market Gardeners, all in ONE DAY….” Stop #1 Jeanie’s garden “Here’s a picture of the three gals who met...

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    Jeanne’s shutter angel

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    Jeanne's shutter angel

    An garden angel to watch over me… “I am so excited about my Shutter Angel!” Jeanne Sammons says.  “She’ll be out on the path to my ‘Secret Garden in the Pines.’ I spent some time working on it this weekend with my darlin’ hubby (he did the sawing) … she now has arms and...

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    Ann’s garden ‘rug’ from hoses

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    Hoose rug

    Make Ann’s hose rug…easy! Ann Elias has discovered a new technique to add to the garden,…’hose-craft!’ Ann says, “When your hose is too worn to properly deliver water, turn it into a no-slip rug to place near your potting bench.”  Hose-craft is taking useless old hoses, considering them ‘art supplies,’ and re-purposing them in...

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    Secrets to growing geraniums

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    Jeanne Sammons geranium quilt

    Flea Market Gardener’s guide to Geraniums… Do you love geraniums?  They are ‘Mom’s favorites,’ easy to grow and the stuff of flower carts, window boxes and vacations in sunny European climates.  They are certainly an All-American standby for hanging baskets, our Flea Market and junky containers or as bedding plants. Find out ALL about...

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    Nell’s glassy globe flower

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    Bowling ball flower

    Unique glass globe garden art… Combine glass bottles and a cast off bowl, and a glass globe light and you have the most unusual garden flower you’ve ever seen!  When Nell Stelzer happened to find this wire fruit basket, her imagination was sparked!  She already had everything else to make her sparkly garden flower...

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    Anita’s enchanted forest garden

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    Anita’s Enchanted Forest Garden

    Step into a cool, mossy forest… Anita Earnest is living an enchanted life now after a coast to coast move. She lives and works in North Carlolina where she runs her business, All Nations Trading. While clearing some of her property, she found out just how enchanted her garden would be, treasures it and...

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    July Project Challenge 2015 begins!

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    Tractor Man's tool box planter in July

    Let’s pick a project and do it! In July! Many of us have a file full of garden ideas or have wanted to do a project they’ve seen here on our page. Look through your file or in our albums and pick one you can do ALL this this month… It’s a challenge! Last...

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    Merry garden mushrooms to make!

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    Marie Niemann's crystal mushrooms

    Stupendous Stellar ‘Shrooms!   Garden art mushrooms are a fun accent for your garden and our Flea Market gardeners have made them from glass, metal, concrete and mosaic. Solar lights can be added for nighttime glow. Marie Niemann collected these ideas to inspire you… for your own garden art project…you may already have the...

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    A garden fairy path any child can do!

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    Creating a fairy path

    A whimsical fairy path kids can create… Sue Jordan is a Grandma Extraordinaire! All this year, as her garden woke up in early Spring to when the grandkids get out of school, she has been working with them on a wondrous fairy garden path. I can only imagine what enjoyment these kids will have...

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    Grandma Camp in the garden

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    Grandma Camp in the garden

    Grandma’s Camp – Memories made here! No parents allowed!  That’s so Grandma can get down and play with her grandkiddies, act silly, sing and just have fun with no one to tease or chide.  Oh, the kids may still brush their teeth, but outside, it’s no holds barred.  Get dirty, play in the mud...

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    How to make a Spring bird’s nest

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    Make Bird Nests

    Make a sweet bird’s nest for the garden Stephie McCarthy explains it all! “This Spring make a bird`s nest decoration from fresh vines,” she says.. “Let them dry in a bowl for about a week and they look more real than the ones I have purchased from the store.. ‘ This is the cellar...

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    Wishing for watering cans: A gallery

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    Joyce England

    Watering cans, by now, are icons for the Flea Market Gardener. We search for them when antique and junk shopping and snap them up at yard sales and thrift shop no matter the price. The best is if yours are left you by an older relative and invokes happy memories as a child in...

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    Becky’s glittering garden mannequin

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    Becky Norris's garden mannequin

    Mannequin madness: A brilliant concept, perfectly executed… When you’re mad about mosaic, you find project after project to do.  If you’re also a gardener, you carry your projects outdoors like Becky Norris does.  She began creating mosaics only three years ago and is self taught. Now she’s been dubbed  ‘Queen of Garden Mosaic.’ Becky...

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    Billie’s DIY cinder block planter bench

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    Billie Hayman's now perfect display space

    Cool concrete-block planter bench How to Billie Hayman shows us her simple, but sturdy concrete block bench that transformed into a very cool place to grow flowers.     Twelve double cinder blocks make the base. Four blocks, two stacked for each of the two ‘arms.’  Six make up the seat and twelve blocks stack...

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    Flea Market Gardens, from above

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    Flea Market Gardens from above-featured

    An Overview Of The Flea Market Garden Do you ever wish you could see a bird’s eye view of your garden?  Gardener’s with a high vantage point or a second story can do this.  It’s satisfying to look down over all and think I am King,…or most likely, Queen of all I survey! If...

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    Linda’s bird feeder teacup

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    China teacup bird feeder

    Easy project! Give birds some class with this easy project using only a few items. A vintage or ‘only’ teacup and saucer, glue and a lightweight metal tube. Linda Gladman shows us the simple instructions.           Linda used an upended bud vase in aqua milk glass to form a base. ...

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    Oh, how we love a great garden path!

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    Paths, practically perfect

    Finding ‘your’ path in a Flea market garden Whether you garden on an estate or a postage stamp, you can create a path. It’s simply the route you take from one place you want to go, to another. In her book Paths of Desire , Dominque Browning, former editor of House Beautiful, says, “Landscape...

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    Garden Art: Faucet handle flowers

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    Faucet garden art

    Garden Art from Vintage Faucet Handles Faucet handles and vintage spigots capture a Flea Market Gardener’s imagination and garden art is the result! Here are four projects you can do and all the places to find your faucets.  Sometimes the inspiration comes from an unexpected place….. Jeanne Sammons tells us, “Half the fun of...

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    Recipes for fairy trees, step by step

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    Fairy garden trees

    Enchanting miniature ‘tree’ gardens 10  Step by Step  ‘Recipes’ for fairy gardens you can create around any tree in your garden, plus, a look into the deep foresty world of fairy house maker, Sally Smith and a fascinating video of how she works!  If you have a tree in your garden, you can create...

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