From the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show 2011

I think it's important for anyone interested in gardening to visit the local garden shows every now and then. Nashville's Lawn and Garden Show was this past weekend and I stopped up to pay a visit. Overall it was a nice show but I have to say I wasn't as impressed with it as I was last year. The display gardens of last year seemed more creative and unique while the vendor selection was a little better. Most likely it's because of our current lackluster economy. Despite that fact there were still a few things that I found worthy of mentioning - and a for taking a few pictures! The Gardens of Babylon had this demonstration garden set up for aquaponics. Aquaponics is a growing system that uses fish and plants together to sustain each other. The fish water feeds the plants which helps them to grow. Espalier displays could…

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A Candle Holder for the Garden

A few weeks ago I happened to be in an antique store (I'll bet you didn't see that coming!) when I stumbled across this rusted old candle holder. It was only 5 dollars and I thought that it had some potential. If I cleaned it up and repainted it I could put it on our front porch during the growing season with some LED candles. I haven't added much garden art to the garden as of yet but I thought this would serve to add some light and atmosphere to our front porch. So after a little bit of sanding with steel wool and a coat of metallic paint here's what emerged from the rusted old candle holder: Not too bad for $5 and a can of spray paint! How do you like to add light to your garden?

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Wind chimes for Whimsy

There are very few gardens I know of that don't have some sort of wind chime.  Wind chimes add an extra audio element to the garden as well as a touch of whimsy.  There is quite a variety of wind chimes to choose from out there and it all depends on what you like.  Recently Windchimesonline.net sent me three bamboo wind chimes to test and review.  Each wind chime is different in very unique ways. The first one I examined was the whisper pattern 16 inch wind chime.  The bamboo chimes are carved with a unique pattern and the tone sounds deep, rich, and resonant. Of the three wind chimes I tested I enjoyed the sound from this one the most. The second wind chime was decorated with an elaborate cardinal.  This was my daughter's favorite.  When she first saw it she said "The Steelers beat the Cardinals!" (I'm raising…

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A Touch of Whimsy in the Garden

This month's Garden Design workshop at Gardening Gone Wild is all about Whimsy in the Garden. Unfortunately my garden is not the most whimsical that you will find, in fact far from it. My sense of whimsical garden implements dodges the garden gnomes and household items that other gardeners are prone to plant amongst the hostas and heucheras. Truthfully there are very few whimsical ideas lurking underneath our foliage but I can tell you that my whimsical senses would venture toward the more mystical gazing balls and dragon statuaries. In my mind I have the perfect place to for a dragon statue near the 'Dragon's Blood' sedum, although I'm not sure what my wife would think of that! Some whimsical elements will eventually wind up in our garden but for now the whimsy you are about to see in this post is in my mother-in-law's garden.From the vegetable garden to…

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