Yard Art and Handmade Places: Extraordinary Expressions of Home

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Relatively few people in America build their own homes, but many yearn to make the places they live in more truly their own. Yard Art and Handmade Places profiles twenty homemakers who have used their yards and gardens to express their sense of individuality, to maintain connections to family and heritage, or even to create sacred spaces for personal and community refreshment and healing. Jill Nokes, an authority on native plants and ecological restoration, traveled across the state of Texas, seeking out ...

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Overview

Relatively few people in America build their own homes, but many yearn to make the places they live in more truly their own. Yard Art and Handmade Places profiles twenty homemakers who have used their yards and gardens to express their sense of individuality, to maintain connections to family and heritage, or even to create sacred spaces for personal and community refreshment and healing. Jill Nokes, an authority on native plants and ecological restoration, traveled across the state of Texas, seeking out residents who had transformed their yards and gardens into oases of art and exuberant personal expression. In this book, she presents their stories, told in their own words, about why they created these handmade places and what their yard art has come to mean to them and to their communities.

Rather than viewing yard art as a curiosity or oddity, Nokes treats it as an integral part of home-making, revealing how these places become invested with deep personal or social meaning. Yard Art and Handmade Places celebrates the fact that, despite the proliferation of look-alike suburbs, places still exist where people with ordinary means and skills are shaping space with their own hands to create a personal expression that can be enjoyed by all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292716797
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jill Nokes is a landscape designer in Austin, Texas.

Krista Whitson, AIA, is an architect and photographer in Austin.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Betty Sue Flowers
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. Places Full of Memory and Meaning
Chapter 2. The Repertoire of the Garden
Chapter 3. Cascada de Piedra Pinta
Chapter 4. A Natural and Peaceful Spirit
Chapter 5. Little by Little, He's Been Blessing Us
Chapter 6. Stories from the Valley
Chapter 7. The Love You Have To Do It
Chapter 8. Placenames and Family
Chapter 9. Mango's Jungle
Chapter 10. The Ardent Virtuosity of Collectors' Gardens
Chapter 11. One Big Cactus and Succulent Dish Garden
Chapter 12. A Surprise Comes Every Day
Chapter 13. Sculpture You Can Live In
Chapter 14. The Flower Man
Chapter 15. The Cathedral of Junk
Chapter 16. Casa de Azúcar
Chapter 17. Stories from the Panhandle
Chapter 18. A Great Peaceful Place
Chapter 19. The Only Trees for Miles Around
Chapter 20. A Windbreak for the Homeplace
Chapter 21. God and the Birdhouses Brought Us Together
Chapter 22. A Lesson in Landmarks
Chapter 23. This Is How You Stay Alive
Chapter 24. Desires of the Heart
Chapter 25. More Than Four Seasons
Notes
Index
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