Tuesday, August 13, 2019


Now that the days of summer are getting shorter and it starts to get dark earlier, thisd lighted garland is a nice touch to brighten the impending gloom.

THURSDAY, August 22 7:00-9:30 pm

This simple indoor/outdoor garland will offer a cheery welcome to your home or garden. Select concrete oraments and paint them your way with exterior latex paint. Give them a finish stain and wire them to a garland base strung with twinkling rice lights. A welcome sign provides the central focal point. A nice addition to a garden gate or arched above a doorway or window. Easy, fun and very cool!


Saturday, August 3, 2019


Rita Sherman lead a Fused Glass Plate workshop in July. It was not only fun, but very informative. Here is a short slideshow showing before and after firing of the plates. Glass is amazing stuff! 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Grocery Store Vegetable Tray Planting Container

When the garden is not producing, I like to pick up those grocery store trays of prepared vegetables. They’re fresh, already cleaned and usually in good condition.  It wasn’t too long before I realized the plastic vac-formed dish in which they are sold, would make a perfect mold for casting in hypertufa.  The sections work well for inter-planting a variety of sedums and other easy to care for plants.  You can even use the plastic bowl that holds the ranch dip for the raised center container. 

What You Need:

Multi-sectioned veggie tray from grocery store and a smaller plastic dip container
Vegetable baking spray or oil
Plastic mixing bucket
Mud gloves
Plastic mixing bucket
Sand topping mix concrete mix or hypertufa

What You Do:
1. Coat outside of vegetable container and plastic dip bowl with vegetable spray or oil.

2.  Mix up a batch of hypertufa or use the sand mix concrete mixed with water to a clay-like consistency.  Remember, if you use sand mix, the containers will be heavier than if cast with hypertufa.

3.  Pat a ¾” thick layer of the casting medium over the entire inside of both containers.  You can form a smooth rounded edge or make an ornamented edge resembling a pie crust edge.

4. Allow to harden overnight and carefully remove the plastic molds, gently smoothing edges with gloved hands. 

5. Cure the containers outside for a week before planting with mixed sedums, thyme, moss rose and ice plant. Fill the center section with soil and place the smaller container on top for greater height in the middle.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


Take a look at these workshops we have lined up for creative fun this summer.  Fun by yourself but really fun with friends or family and they are kid friendly too!Here's what's coming in June and July.
Find these workshops and more at 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Join us for our Big Hurrah June 7 and 8!

GROW HAPPY will be open 10-5 this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday. What's new, is that we are extending our sale for one more weekend and will be open 10-5 Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8. 
Soggy perhaps, but with our heads above water!  
Join us for our Big Hurrah!