As unique as a fingerprint . . . handmade gardens reveal the creative vision and personality of the gardener in charge. Creating outdoor spaces of character, comfort, and fun involves scouring garage sales, your own garage, and building-salvage yards with such recyclables as broken ladders (for climbing flowers) and follies, fanciful outbuilding features like the tiny vintage trailer in Forkner’s Aluminum Garden surrounded by silver, green, and white plantings. Landscaping foundations—ground-level pathways and patios with pebbled mosaic accents or mown-lawn labyrinths—draw the eye upward to industrial rock-screen trellises and scrap-metal window ledges supporting planters. Old water jars and catch-basin sections become fountains; plumbing-pipe pergolas sport canvas drop-cloth awnings; industrial light fixtures contain outdoor terraria; and old shutters are turned into shelf storage/plant stands. Each project comes complete with lists of needed materials and tools, instructions, and recommended plantings. Whimsy is the watchword here, even as Forkner provides full-color photos, practical conversion tables, hardiness zones, and resource listings in this innovative addition to DIY creativity. --Whitney Scott
“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.”
(Debra Prinzing Akron Beacon Journal
“The book is filled with ideas for turning unused items and common materials into decorative and functional garden accents.”
(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.”
“There are fun, do-able things in this book.”
“If you need a little inspiration for infusing your personality into your own garden, be sure to check out her book.”
“A creative new book…filled with ideas and instructions with DIY ideas from fountains to fire pits.”
(San Diego Home & Garden Magazine
“Fresh take on life outdoors.”
"If you are wondering what's in this book for plant nerds, the good news is: Plenty."
"[Offers] pretty unique creative weekend projects."
(The Seattle Times
"Her instructions are practical, her aesthetic pleasingly funky."
"A series of well-photographed and inspiring garden visits and projects, meant to enhance your garden."
"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."
(The Republican Journal
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"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!"