Category Archives: Garden Ornaments

Ideas for Garden Ornaments—and a Sale!

With so many kitschy garden ornaments on the market (gnomes or pink flamingos, anyone?), it’s hard to remember a time when hand-crafted urns, pedestals and statuary were highly revered. Entire books have been written on the art of garden ornament, … Continue reading

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Architectural Terra Cotta

Mention the term “terra cotta,” and we’ll wager that your mind automatically goes toward tile, either the floor or roof variety. But in truth, terra cotta was used to create decorative architectural elements between the late 19th century and the 1930s, … Continue reading

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The humble concrete porch planter

We’ve all seen them—-those small square receptacles that held countless generations of geraniums on the front porches of  the US.   Yet we forget that at one time, these were a very new thing. Going back to the turn of … Continue reading

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Cast Iron versus Wrought Iron

This is one of those blog topics that really deserves a book unto itself. Washington DC—and in fact many Eastern US cities—has a wealth of decorative ironwork that frequently goes unnoticed in our hectic day-to-day world. What’s the big deal—-iron … Continue reading

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