Monday, June 11, 2018


Folk Art Bottle Angel Workshop
THURSDAY, JUNE 14 7:00-9:30
These bottle angels are a fun way to re-purpose water and soda bottles using handmade paper and paper clay. Select a prepared body and add wings, face and arms. Then accessorize your angel with a selection of beads, and assorted bling to make it your own.
Lots of choices, lots fo fun!
We'd love to have you join us. 

Saturday, June 9, 2018


Glo-in-the Dark Flower Pots

 Solar lighting is very popular in gardens today.  It’s a great idea- place your solar lights in just the right spot to create a focal point at night, activate the light bulb and let it charge up in the sun. Not all solar lighting is created equal however.  Some work well initially and then will not function anymore. Others require expensive replacement bulbs or batteries that sometime cost more than the item did originally.

Here’s a fun way to achieve a cool effect in your garden at night using  outdoor glo-in the dark paint on flower pots. You can makeover old pots or use new ones.

What You Need:

A grouping of three flower pots that work together.  Terra cotta or cast foam pots work the best because they both hold the paint well.  Plastic looks cheap and does not hold the paint well.  Of course, I used hypertufa pots because they really hold the paint well!

Wire brush and coarse sandpaper

White exterior primer

Brushes and plastic drop cloth

Exterior Glo-in-the-dark paint  Here is a very good source:

Polyurethane (optional)

What You do:

1.  If you are using an old pot, use a wire brush and/or coarse sandpaper to remove paint, dirt or debris from the surface. If you are using a new pot, rough up the surface gently with the sandpaper for good adhesion of the paint. Either way, flush with water and allow to dry thoroughly.  It works great to allow the sun to do this and heat the pots as well.  They absorb the paint even better this way.

2. Spread out your drop cloth and place the pots to be painted upon it.  Using a brush, paint the areas you wish to glo-in-the-dark with a good thick coating of the white primer.  Be careful not to drip where you don’t want paint.   You might paint one or two of the pots completely white- all of the outside, up and over the top edge and down into the pot at least three inches.

3.  The third pot should ad a bit of a twist. Perhaps this pot is striped or polka-dotted.   You could even do handprints for the fun of it.  What ever you do, establish a single motif and repeat it.   Keep it simple so your plants within the container remain the stars.

4. Allow the primer coat to dry thoroughly, in the sun again, if possible.

5. Paint all of the primed areas with a coat of the glo-in-the -dark paint. Repeat this step 3-5 times to build up a good layer of the glo paint.  Allow to dry between coats.

6.  You can add extra protection by coating all areas of glow paint with a coat of polyurethane varnish.  This is available in Gloss, Semi-gloss and Satin.  If you like shiny use the gloss or you might prefer the more subtle satin finish.

6. Allow the finished pot to dry thoroughly and you are ready to plant!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018


This summer I have discovered Ice Plant, Delosperma cooperi and it is absolutely perfect for growing in shallow hypertufa containers. It forms a vigorous, succulent, spreading, evergreen ground cover growing to 3” tall and spreads quickly to 24”.Daiisy-like, brightly colored flowers cover the plants from June to September. 
Make your own Hypdertufa containers this coming weekend in our Hypertufa Studio
More info and to enroll:


Friday, June 1, 2018


Hypertufa Studio 
Saturday morning, June 9 9-12:00 noon
Sunday afternoon, June 10 1:00-3:00 
The Hypertufa Studio offers a hand-on experience making Steve’s “green” version of HYPERTUFA, a mix of cement, sand, recycled paper fiber and water. You’ll mix, mold and sculpt concrete and hypertufa into unique and functional garden art including a box planter, a bird puddler, cast leaves, a stepping stone and a draped cpncrete planting container. Most participants take home 4-5 finished projects from this two-day session on Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018


This is our new hypertufa strawberry pot.  It has side pockets so you can really load a lot of berry plants into one pot. It is a wonderful sight to behold when it is blooming and full of berries.
There are many types of strawberries but they usually fall into two basic groups: June-bearing and Everbearing. June-bearing berries bloom all at once in the spring and will provide berries in quantity. This is good if you want a lot of berries at one time for making jam, for example.

Everbearing strawberries bloom and produce all the time but in small amounts. This type is the one to use for decorative containers because you'll always have blooms and berries in some stage of growth. They are especailly nice in larger or hanging containers because they send out daughter shoots with new little plants.

Friday, May 4, 2018


Sample delicious food ideas, for an entire meal from a cocktail and appetizers to salad and bread, entrĂ©es, sides and finally desserts and coffee/tea. Many of the recipes include strawberries in keeping with our theme, Strawberry Garden Time. Enjoy tips and garden ideas on tasting stops eating our way through From the Summer's Garden. For the Entree we'll retreat to the studio for a presentation on how to create a garden sense of place and finish up with dessert and coffee/tea in the lighted garden.  There's even strawberry freebies to take home- a recipe pack, a live strawberry plant in a container and jar of homemade strawberry jam. There will be plenty of eats to make this a meal, so come hungry!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Nancy and Ike Lajoie play SHENANDOAH on two hammer dulcimers as we show you a sampling of our word-driven message stones and stakes now available at From the Summer's Garden.

We are very excited to have Nancy and Ike Lajoie providing live dulcimer music this Thursday evening at the garden party opening of Strawberry Garden Time, our spring studio sale.
We'd love to have you join us from 4:00- 8:00 pm.
Unique handmade artwork by area artists for you, your people, your pets and of course, your garden.

Strawberry Jello shots and strawberry refreshments-
Plenty of good cheer found here!
From the Summer's Garden
8601 Barkley Street
Overland Park, KS 66212