A unique Winter Flea Market Garden in Wisconsin
Walking into Lark Kulikowski ‘s Wisconsin garden is like walking into another world, a world of art in the garden,…lush, green and woodsy in summer and snowy white and blue in winter. In Lark’s garden The soil and earth are the canvas; the plants and flowers are the palette. It’s a whirl of blue glass and rusty metal and she created a sensation when first posting her photos on Flea Market Gardening!
Lark’s rusty junk garden
Lark says, “I was introduced to gardening by my parents when I was young child. We have always lived within a twenty mile radius, in southeastern Wisconsin. I absolutely love the change of seasons. My parents gardened their entire life. My Mom, 84, still gardens and lives across the street from me. My sister also is a gardener.”
“As an older child I was not enthused about helping pick and weed. Years passed and I never realized how gardening would re-enter my life. My sister inspired me to get back into gardening and I became a very passionate gardener. Immediately after my first child, I was cloning my parents gardening style.”
“I was canning, pickling and freezing everything I could and baking, cooking and crafting was part of my daily routine. Most was done because we were on a tight budget and I didn’t want my children getting chemicals in their diets. I found I could use my art background.”
Gardening from the perspective of an artist
“The biggest thing I love about gardening is creating. I view my perennial beds as a painter would use a canvas. No, I do not share the design of my gardens with my husband. Would you allow someone else to help paint your picture? My vegetable beds have also become a way to show my creativity. Improvising through thrift shopping & using what I have on our property gives me great satisfaction.”
“Here are some more of my ‘forever’ alliums (above), but these have their brown ‘seed pods’ showing all seasons here in Wisconsin. During gardening season these ‘Alliums are not so in your face…more hidden by foliage. This is about April in Wisconsin.”
Using blue bottles in the garden
“You may ask, “How did I get into using metal and glass in my garden art?” Some years back, I volunteered at our local recycling center. I worked in separating glass by color. Yes, you guessed it! That is where I started collecting blue bottles. Along with, aluminum and iron. Circles have always fascinated me…thus the birth of my rotating flower sculptures.”
Sharing her garden craft
“The internet has opened many doors of opportunity. For Mother’s Day one year, my son created a website for me, Lark’s Perennials.
Gardening blogging has been a gift that keeps on giving. I have met so many wonderful people throughout the world and I would have never dreamed I would be using a computer daily. Flea Market Gardening is one of my favorite sites…so many creative people sharing.” ~~ Lark