17.11.14

Trash makes Treasures for Garden Decorating

To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower William Blake

ANYONE can make trash into garden treasures and its FREELY available in any neighborhood. I look for shapes, colors, textures and things that could be outside on display, even if it lasts for only one season. I like to hunt and seek out funky treasures and to display visual nuances among the plants. Certainly I could go out and BUY decorations but I love to find the treasures on my daily walks. With some artistic placement, just about anything can look great with plants all around it.




Red onions in clay pot with  goat skull, dried weeds & feather.
Red onions in clay pot with 
goat skull, dried weeds & feather.
My first inspiring garden filled with Trash Treasures is in Strathcona (East Vancouver,  British Columbia),where locals can rent a plot of dirt for a few dollars to grow whatever they wish.

Strathcona Community Gardens was one of my favorite places for a stroll with my camera. Here was a serene and meditative place contrasting with the busy & noisy city life.  I loved to watch plants grow and look for Trash Treasures that the gardeners personalized their little garden plots.




Garden border with found objects
Broken pots, old dolls, and bicycle wheels to make a  garden border.
(Strathcona, Vancouver, British Columbia)

Garden decor with found objects: Ear
An ear that is usually used for drawing students 
now hung on a tree trunk. 
(Strathcona, Vancouver, British Columbia)

Garden decor with found objects: Elephant
THERE'S AN ELEPHANT IN MY GARDEN!
Partially broken but still charming
ceramic elephant to decorate the garden. 
(Strathcona, Vancouver, British Columbia)

Garden decor with found objects: face
I do not know what this was previously but living in an artists community 
such as in Strathcona Vancouver, some creative projects gone sour 
might end up for garden usage. 
(Strathcona, Vancouver, British Columbia) 


Garden decor with found objects: rocks
Rocks, old brick and found concrete shapes made into a spiral. 
(Strathcona, Vancouver, British Columbia)

Garden decor with found objects: concrete shapes
Concrete shapes used for visual queues and focal points.
 
(Strathcona, Vancouver, British Columbia)

Garden decor with found objects:
Throw away camera, fake flowers and other objects, 
make for an interesting garden sculpture.
 
(Strathcona, Vancouver, British Columbia)

Garden decor with found objects: head sculpture
An old worn out piece of stone sculpture with dripped paint, 
still has a purpose, sunk into the earth. 
(Strathcona, Vancouver, British Columbia)

Garden decor with found objects: clock and goggles
Diving goggles and a clock.
(Strathcona, Vancouver, British Columbia)

Garden decor with found objects: clock and goggles
Diving goggles and a clock.
(Strathcona, Vancouver, British Columbia)

Garden decor with found objects: concrete shapes
Concrete and daisies featured.
(Strathcona, Vancouver, British Columbia)

Garden decor with found objects: messages
Messages left in the garden.
(Strathcona, Vancouver, British Columbia)

Garden decor with found objects: maniken
An old MANiken, sporting underwear.
(Strathcona, Vancouver, British Columbia)

Garden decor with found objects: clay torso
This clay bust sculpture might have seen 
better days but now it retires in the garden. 
(Strathcona, Vancouver, British Columbia)

Garden decor with found objects: typewritter


Garden decor with found objects: typewritter
Do you remember the typewriter? While visiting the garden 
why not type out some poetry.
(Strathcona, Vancouver, British Columbia)
Now I live in Nova Scotia, on the ocean and in a rural community but still there is road side garbage and rusty old things I find when walking the wooded areas which was used as a dumping ground since in the 1800's for rural farmers.


Garden decor with found objects: patio base
Found in the woods a metal patio base for an old table. 
Chinese dragon pot filled with chives, 
on top of base for a funky display. 
(Seaforth, Nova Scotia)

Garden decor with found objects:
Sheet of old plywood, sitting on a half cut barrel 
to make a low table for my herb plants growing in painted coffee tins.
(Seaforth, Nova Scotia)

Garden decor with found objects:
Seashells, beach rocks & drift wood with a hub cab, 
old metal car part, and even an old hammer. 
(Seaforth, Nova Scotia)

Garden decor with found objects: wild daisies
Found in woods a cut plastic tub, now home to my road side collected wild daises that transplant very well. I surrounded the tub with round beach rocks 
and managed to grow one pumpkin plant 
which grew in a circle around the tub for a mini wild garden.
(Seaforth, Nova Scotia)


Garden decor with found objects: skull
Skull, dried branches, clay pot with red onions.
(Seaforth, Nova Scotia)


Garden decor with found objects: skull
Goat Skull, dried branches, clay pot with red onions.
(Seaforth, Nova Scotia)

garden in pots: carrots
Roadside garbage such as old planters become my carrot containers. An old milk can with lid is painted a fresh blue color to fit into the planter display. 
(Seaforth, Nova Scotia)

garden in casserole dish
An old clay casserole dish, kids plastic shovel and
 broken car toy becomes my basil herbal patch.
(Seaforth, Nova Scotia)

Garden decor with found objects
Rusty shovel head is displayed with old bricks, rocks 
and a pot filled with chives and seashells. 
(Seaforth, Nova Scotia)
Garden decor with pond
My pond is filled with large rocks from the beach, a concrete post which holds up the pot of chives. Sticking out of the water is an old rock carved Japanese sculpture. The RED drapes are my old art shelf covers which is tied to a large piece of drift wood. It blows in the breeze creating a visual movement around the pond. 
(Seaforth, Nova Scotia)



Garden decor with pond
Close up rock sculpture in pond.
(Seaforth, Nova Scotia)

Garden decor with roadside trash
Found these two RETRO plastic & metal chairs on the side of the road..
perfect for my garden invitation to sit beside make shift herbal table.
(Seaforth, Nova Scotia)

Garden decor with roadside trash
WASHED up on the beach, I found this old metal THING 
that was rusty and worn out but OHHH did I see it as 
a lovely planter for my sturdy geraniums. 
(Seaforth, Nova Scotia)

water dish for dog
Ziggy's outside colorful water dish comes 
with its own brass unicorn adornments. 
(Seaforth, Nova Scotia)

Ziggy is property security
Ziggy is a rescue, another treasure who came to live with us in 2013. He is the find of the century and my garden security who keeps an eye on critters. 
Ziggy seems to know that the garden is not to be trampled and respects my displays, although he does leave a few piss mail messages on the corners but this is OK with us.




I have to laugh at the goat skull featured at the entrance of my garden. Well, my friends beagle thought to enjoy my hunted treasures and chewed on my cool skull while we stood there chatting. Saying all that, I guess it would be wise to think of your dogs natural tendencies and not place things about the garden, encouraging the foraging they might do, to get that hunted treasure for themselves!

Go ahead and find the trash that would look great in your garden! Trash to treasure hunter, Minaz

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