Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Get Your Hands Dirty: Mix, Mold and Sculpt a Personalized Garden Container

Though the landscape today is still tucked beneath a blanket of cottony snow, it is not too soon to start thinking about the days when the sights and sounds of spring will be luring us all out of doors.  New blooms and thoughts of the garden will then work like an elixir stirring us to get outside and get our hands into the dirt.  But who says we have to wait until the snow is gone and the sun is out before we enjoy the fun of gardening?  Now is a great time to enjoy that pleasure by creating your very own garden container.

So … why not hypertufa? (Yes, it’s a funny word, but once you try it, you’ll love it.) Mixing, molding and sculpting with hypertufa (“tufa”) means getting your hands into a blend of water, cement, sand and recycled paper and crafting a garden container or other piece of art for your garden with a theme you choose. It’s functional, beautiful and fun – and your options include everything from garden containers to planters, water basins or stepping stones.

If you’re new to the joys of “tufa,” From the Summer’s Garden offers a unique “green” version of hypertufa at Studio Workshops throughout the spring, summer and fall.  Each workshop is a consecutive Saturday and Sunday on a weekend, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants can take home four to five finished projects, including a creative garden container. The next Hypertufa Studio Workshop is March 16 and 17, 2013.

What can you make at a From the Summer’s Garden Hypertufa workshop?
  A hand-sculpted stepping stone
·          A cast leaf water basin for birds
·          A funky garden gnome sculpture called a grot
·         The traditional hypertufa box planter
·         Cast leaves and ball ornaments
·         Whatever you can imagine …

Hypertufa garden containers allow all KC gardeners to dream big and take action while waiting for spring’s arrival.  From the Summer’s Garden in Kansas City is your resource, offering workshops throughout the year and legendary Spring Sale events every weekend in April and May.
Start mixing, molding and planning for your spring garden today! Email your registration for the Hypertufa Studio Workshop to: summers  

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