Garden clubs ignite the gardening spirit, soothe the tired winter soul

I had the pleasure of speaking at two garden club meetings this week at opposite ends of the city — the Hennepin County Horticultural Society and the Dakota Gardeners. They were both lively, spirited groups with gardening enthusiasm for days! I spoke of the winter gardening turning point in my head; that moment when you…

More funky garden junk: Silverware windchimes

It’s been warming to the soul to discover I have fellow garden junk lovers out there. I knew you were out there, but it’s good to connect. Let me share an old favorite DIY project. These old silverware windchimes were flying around the arts and craft fairs about 10 or so years ago and even…

Funky Garden Junk

All the plants popping up have me wanting to get out and accessorize the garden. But, accessorizing comes a little later, in my gardening opinion, though now is a great time to see the bones of ┬áthe garden space, and thus, a great time to look for places for garden sculpture … garden anchors. I’m…

A Tale of Two Pink Flamingos

My love of garden ornamentation began in the window of the Coast to Coast hardware store in the small town of Gaylord, Minnesota. It was right around the corner from the Sibley Hotel, which my Grandma owned and ran her catering business out of. The Coast to Coast was a bastien of tchotzke, a haven…