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Handmade Garden Projects: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creative Garden Features, Containers, Lighting & More

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You can transform your garden into a handmade, personality-infused oasis. Author Lorene Edwards Forkner — part eco-friendly non-traditionalist, part crafty creative — will show you how.

Projects run the gamut from eye-catching structures, like a pergola made from plumbing pipes, to imaginative details, like a tree-hung chandelier for nighttime ambiance. You'll also find helpful plant guides to accompany projects: delectable herbs to fill a stacking container tower, stellar ...

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Overview

You can transform your garden into a handmade, personality-infused oasis. Author Lorene Edwards Forkner — part eco-friendly non-traditionalist, part crafty creative — will show you how.

Projects run the gamut from eye-catching structures, like a pergola made from plumbing pipes, to imaginative details, like a tree-hung chandelier for nighttime ambiance. You'll also find helpful plant guides to accompany projects: delectable herbs to fill a stacking container tower, stellar succulents for a vertical gutter garden, glorious flowering vines to climb a bamboo obelisk, and so much more.

Ready to get started? All you need are refreshingly simple, inexpensive materials — hardware store basics, salvaged goods, repurposed castoffs from cluttered basements — along with a little do-it-yourself spirit. With clear instructions and inspiring variations on every theme, this book is easy to follow and easy to love. Your journey to a made-from-scratch outdoor space starts here.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“Whimsy is the watchword here, even as Forkner provides full-color photos, practical conversion tables, hardiness zones, and resources listings in this innovative addition to DIY creativity.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“The book is filled with ideas for turning unused items and common materials into decorative and functional garden accents.”
Akron Beacon Journal
“The book is filled with ideas for turning unused items and common materials into decorative and functional garden accents.”
Philadelphia Inquirer
“The book is part inspiration and part manual, but for anyone comfortable working with simple tools and construction materials there is just enough step-by-step instruction to get started.”
Digging blog
“If you need a little inspiration for infusing your personality into your own garden, be sure to check out her book.”
Plant Talk blog
“A creative new book…filled with ideas and instructions with DIY ideas from fountains to fire pits.”
— Valerie Easton
San Diego Home & Garden Magazine
“A creative new book…filled with ideas and instructions with DIY ideas from fountains to fire pits.”
Digging
“There are fun, do-able things in this book.”
Plant Talk
“If you need a little inspiration for infusing your personality into your own garden, be sure to check out her book.”
Pacific Horticulture
“Fresh take on life outdoors.”
Poppytalk
"If you are wondering what's in this book for plant nerds, the good news is: Plenty."
The Seattle Times
"[Offers] pretty unique creative weekend projects."
Danger Garden
"Her instructions are practical, her aesthetic pleasingly funky."
Treehugger
"A series of well-photographed and inspiring garden visits and projects, meant to enhance your garden."
Plant Talk - Valerie Easton
“A creative new book…filled with ideas and instructions with DIY ideas from fountains to fire pits.”
Akron Beacon Journal - Debra Prinzing
“Whimsy is the watchword here, even as Forkner provides full-color photos, practical conversion tables, hardiness zones, and resources listings in this innovative addition to DIY creativity.”
The Republican Journal
"A collection of simple and inspiring projects that take your garden—be it balcony, small or large—to the next level and reflect your personality and taste."
From the Publisher
"Handmade Garden Projects is one of the books that puts a smile on your face...any gardener is bound to find a project they'll love...jam-packed with colorful photos, great advice and good guidance, making it a must-have. Better buy two, one to keep for yourself!"
Philadelphia Inquirer
“There are fun, do-able things in this book.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“The book is part inspiration and part manual, but for anyone comfortable working with simple tools and construction materials there is just enough step-by-step instruction to get started.”
The Seattle Times
"Her instructions are practical, her aesthetic pleasingly funky."
Pacific Horticulture
"If you are wondering what's in this book for plant nerds, the good news is: Plenty."
— Debra Prinzing
Treehugger
"A collection of simple and inspiring projects that take your garden--be it balcony, small or large--to the next level and reflect your personality and taste."
Digging
“If you need a little inspiration for infusing your personality into your own garden, be sure to check out her book.”
Plant Talk
“A creative new book…filled with ideas and instructions with DIY ideas from fountains to fire pits.”
— Valerie Easton
San Diego Home & Garden Magazine
“Fresh take on life outdoors.”
Poppytalk
"[Offers] pretty unique creative weekend projects."
Danger Garden
"A series of well-photographed and inspiring garden visits and projects, meant to enhance your garden."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604691856
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 285,539
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lorene Edwards Forkner is the author of several gardening books, including Hortus Miscellaneous (2007), Growing Your Own Vegetables, and Canning and Preserving Your Own Harvest (both 2009). Her writing has appeared in several national and regional publications including Organic Gardening, MaryJane's Farm, Northwest Garden News, and Edible Seattle.

A popular speaker with a warm engaging manner, Lorene is always eager to weigh in on horticultural mysteries, offer direction for design conundrums, and teach DIY gardeners how to dig in and craft a personal landscape filled with an abundance of interest and delicious flavor.

Lorene considers her approach to making gardens to be rooted in childhood outdoor play, supported by a degree in fine art and years of experience owning and operating Fremont Gardens, a small specialty retail nursery in Seattle, Washington.

At home in West Seattle, Lorene tends a city garden abundantly filled with favorite plants, a small but productive vegetable garden, plenty of room for relaxation, and a tiny vintage travel trailer. She fully admits she is a garden geek most at bliss when covered in dirt. You can follow her adventures at PlantedAtHome.com.

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  • Posted May 5, 2012

    Excellent!

    Patrons are surprised at the theme of the book. They have been very receptive to the ideas and other suggestions to design, build, and/or renovate their garden.

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