Where to Find Inspiration
There are many ways to find inspiration for
reusing and repurposing items in your garden. Here are just a sampling:
- --Your specific needs and
wants for your garden: Maybe you want to add garden seating to
your garden, and maybe a side table as well. You are going to be looking
at objects at yard sales and thrift stores that could be turned into
those very objects, if you look at them creatively.
- --Magazine pictures:
Gardening magazines as well as home improvement and home decorating
magazines are full of pictures of items that might strike your fancy
that you can recreate in some fashion yourself. Pull those pictures and
keep them together in a labeled file folder so you can refer back to
them as your project progresses.
- --Pictures in Books:
There are a wealth of gardening and garden decorating books available
at your public library and through Interlibrary loan. Beautiful gardens
from around the world can provide inspiration for your own. You can copy
the pictures you like, and place them in your file folder for
- --Items to which You Are
Drawn: When you go to yard sales, or shopping at other stores,
pay attention to what catches your eye as well as puts a smile on your
face. You'll know it when you see it!
- --Artwork and other Art
Forms: Inspiration may strike when you surround yourself with
lovely things to look at. Go to museums and art galleries for
inspiration; even the theatre and concerts may provide visual and sound
ideas for your garden.
- --Garden Tours:
There are usually several each late spring and summer put on by
different groups in Vancouver and Portland. Be sure to stay on the
paths, and bring your camera to take pictures of what you like, and a
notebook and pen to jot down the names of plants and objects that you
- --Ideas from Friends and
Family Who Live With or Visit Your Garden: Paying attention when
people say things like, "I wish there was a place to sit down here to
enjoy the view," or noticing that you could use a small table next to a
grouping of chairs in order to have a place to set down a drink or a
book are very important observations that may inspire you to fill those
wants and needs.
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