Wednesday, January 16, 2019

2019 Symphony Designer's Showhouse submission

This week designer's proposals were due at the KC Symphony office for design spaces in the 2019 Symphony Designer Showhouse. Our submission is called DOG RUN GALLERY.
We treated the PROPOSED area as a gallery space featuring “outdoorable” artwork of concrete and hypertufa accented with Living Coral, Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year. Living Coral energizes and enlivens with a softer edge, a life-affirming shade of orange with golden undertones. We aim to make this space comforting, appealing to both animals and humans, by adding a dash of kick that embodies playful expression. 
The space has been designed with most of the elements positioned up and out of the way to keep the space open for animal and human play. To keep the space low maintenance, live plants are kept to a minimum and are limited to those that will not harm animals or people nor take a great deal of watering. 
In fact, the featured botanicals are the two bunches of “Midwest coral”, (Hawthorne trees sprayed coral). Hypertufa spheres surround the base of these planters continuing the theme of circles and spheres. Other plants include dichondra grass, moss, Dusty Miller and colored sedums to fit the color palette.
The stars of this Dog Run Gallery, aside from the dogs, will be the various sculptural pieces in concrete and hypertufa, celebrating circles and spheres. a popular trend in design for 2019. The pieces will be hung gallery-style along the length of the wooden fence.

If you enter from the side entrance coming from the front lawn, you will encounter a gallery of sculptural stakes illuminated in the evening by solar lights also on stakes. At the back, to which all sight lines lead, is a multi-tiered planter filled with bright plants that will also be illuminated at night with solar lights.
Dog Run Gallery will be an inviting space to play for the animals and their humans, morning, noon and night.

Sunday, January 13, 2019


This coming Thursday evening, from 7:00-9:30, we will be making this heart-shaped planter with a mosaic heart accent pick. It is simple and fun and we'd love to have you joins us. The container makes a sweet cachepot that dresses up a grocery store plant for Valentine's Day. It also has a drainage hole so you can use it as a real planter in summer.
C'mon, join us

Tuesday, January 8, 2019



SATURDAY, JANUARY 19       9:30 AM -12:00 NOON

Join potter Natalie Thomas as she demonstrates several interesting hand-building techniques with clay.   You use these same techniques to make a set of charming heart-shaped bowls, including the Hand Print dish.  Bring a kid along and capture their handprint in clay that will be molded into a small bowl.  Yep, they’ll always have their hand in the candy dish!

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Saturday, January 5, 2019


Join us for this fun workshop. It's coming up in the middle of January and is the first of our Winter Wokshop line-up.

Thursday, January 17 7:00-9:30 PM
Build a heart-shaped container mold from rigid foam and cast with hypertufa. Then you'll make a small mosaic heart pick to finish it off. This planter is perfect for pansies in springtime and petunias in summer. It is also a great container for succulents.
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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Winter Creative Workshops at FTSG

At From the Summer’s Garden,
you'll create joy inside and out.

Bring your friends and family, 
to make great stuff, no doubt.
We hope you’ll make it here in time
to join our winter workshop fun,

in January and in February 
and then we will be done.

Learn simple techniques for hand building with clay

Celebrate the season of hearts with a menu of activities in our

Mold a hypertufa Heart Container 
and make aMosaic Pickto go with it

Oooh! Aaah! Make a coo Mosaic Heart Mobile
that will sparkle as it spins

Try your hand at making a Mosaic Heart Photo Holder
Perfect for displaying your latest pics!

Don't miss the chance to make   

Paint the frame to your liking and then have fun creating a

Click on the workshop names for more info and to enroll

Sunday, December 2, 2018

SNOWMAN GARLAND Creative Workshop
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6 7:00-9:30 pm

Choose your snowmen from a selection of cast paper ornaments. Pick a holiday phrase for the center and the painting begins. Then come the glitter snow and assembly on a fun cord. This garland is perfect to hang across a window, over a doorway, across a mantel or to drape on your tree. Fun for all ages!
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Saturday, December 1, 2018




It's the 12 days of Christmas and it's time to deck the halls...This snowman duo will get the party started!
Start with hypertufa snowmen forms, add details, color, and accessories.  You'll create a very merry holiday duo
sporting the infamous five golden rings as a surface design.  They can deliver a holiday greeting, serves as a perch for a cheery bird or just sit there and be stink'n cute.  Simple creative fun for all ages.

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