Thursday, April 18, 2019

Guest Artist: BEMBY YOCUM

The GROW HAPPY sale is just around the corner and Bemby Yocum has added new bird designs to help celebrate spring finally arriving! You will find these sweet little birds that can sit on your window sill, on message blocks with HAPPY sayings, greeting cards and on a number of other products. To help you bring those HAPPY spring blooms inside you will find hanging bud vases, some with beads and a bird or two as well. For your yard , Bemby and her husband, have designed birdhouses that your feathered friends will be HAPPY to build their nests in! 
Mark your calendars for the GROW HAPPY sale! The From the Summer’s Garden Spring Sale starts Thursday evening May 2, 4-8 pm and then every Friday, Saturday and Sunday May to June 2. Open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. 

Saturday, April 13, 2019


SATURDAY, MAY 4 9:30 AM 12:00 NOON $25
Use rigid foam stamps to print tissue in bright colors to create a variety of patterned papers. Learn a simple collage technique to create a set of beautiful handmade paper bowls. Beautiful by themselves, these bowls can be used functionally for serving candy or snacks. They can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth.
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Thursday, April 11, 2019


Trillium bags
What can you use these darling petal drawstring bags for? Any small thing, such as gifts, coins, buttons, jewelry, sachets, jelly beans, wrapped candy, Barbie shoes, Lego parts… These are made by Phyllis Carlyle from quality quilting cottons.

Mega Coasters
Using improvisational piecing and quilting, Phyllis Carlyle’s Mega Coasters/Mini-Placemats are perfect for desks and small tables. They hold a beverage AND a snack! They are perfect for bringing hot dishes from the microwave to table. Add to a mug or bowl for a great gift—each one is unique!

Mosaic-decorated containers & trays
·Use small pots to hold pens, candy, floral arrangements
·Use small trays for candles, coasters, keys, coins, etc.
·Use large trays to serve or to organize i kitchen or bath

Watch Whimseys Jewelry
A little bit Steampunk, a little bit vintage, describes Phyllis Carlyle’s Watch Whimsies jewelry. Made from authentic 30-70 year old watch dials and parts found in a local watch parts supply house, Phyllis combines them with jewelry findings, beads, ICE resin and more to create unique necklaces, earrings and pins.
Visit GROW HAPPY to see all of Phyllis' work!
From the Summer's Garden Spring Sale
starting Thursday evening May 2, 4-8 and then every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through May to June 2.
Open 10:00am-5:00pm.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


Jim Drummond is a woodworker who grew up in Kansas City and moved to Overland Park in 1980. Jim came by woodworking through home maintenance DIY projects. Upon retiring in 2009, Jim started taking on larger projects referred to him by the Kansas City Woodworking Guild. Jim's work can now be seen on a midtown KC sidewalk, a crossroad community garden, a Prairie Village office patio and at 15 area restaurants. A high point in Jim's career was the museum-quality portrait frames made with American black walnut and figured maple inlay. From the Summer's Garden is excited to include Jim’s “man cave” vibe this Spring, consisting of new and old wood, much of it up-cycled from the cut-offs left by other projects. Beautiful, fine craftsmanship paired with a sense of humor! You will GROW HAPPY taking home some of his clever work!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019


 7 Ways to Grow Happy
1. GROW HAPPY… in the present, here and now. 
2. GROW HAPPY... literally- use fast growing wheat seed to spell out GROW HAPPY, a living example.
3. GROW HAPPY…get out and walk! It increases natural endorphins, helps you to grow happy ... and thinner!
4. GROW HAPPY....make someone’s day with an unexpected act of kindness, a little plant, or a small gift.
5. GROW HAPPY…laugh with your friends and family.
6. GROW HAPPY…give a hug…to a friend, family member, or a beloved pet!
7. GROW HAPPY…it’s the best choice! Visit our spring sale every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in May.  
Open 10:00 -5:00
From the Summer's Garden
8601 Barkley Street
Overland Park, KS 66212

Monday, April 1, 2019



THURSDAY, MAY 23         7:00 -9:30 PM    $40

GROW HAPPY learning how fused glass is made. Rita Sherman will explain the process and show you how to make your own fused glass Happy Serving Plate measuring 8" X 8".  At the end of the session, she will take the finished plates home to fire at her studio and bring them back to FTSG the following weekend.
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Friday, March 29, 2019


Patti is a member of a group of terrific girls who get together to make something new each month. They have done this for many years have built a wonderful circle of friendship. They chose the Mosaic Stepping Stone Workshop at From the Summer's Garden for this month's activity. Lots of fun and lots of laughs! 
Your group can join on the fun this spring. Our newest Creative Workshops are now online and ready for enrollment. Info:

Tuesday, March 26, 2019


Announcing our Spring Sale at From the Summer's Garden

GROW here now

GROW here now
The phrase "be here, now" comes from a book by that title, written by a New Age philosopher named Ram Dass. It has become a popular catchphrase (especially in yoga classes, for example) to mean "be present, stay in the moment, focus, pay attention to the person you're with and your surroundings". 
It's also a nod to the mindfulness movement where you are fully mindful of your surroundings, and "present" in them. "Be happy in the moment" and you will continue to be happy as you are mindful of the present. It also speaks to the idea that if one is not busy regretting the past or worrying about the future, one is "living in the moment" and can be happy.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019


Hypertufa is by far one of the most attractive and appealing decorations you can ever add to your garden. It looks beautiful and has so many benefits! You just need to make sure you use the right recipe and the look and functionality of your garden will increase with your own creativity. Hypertufa, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
Unique Look of Aged Stone
Hypertufa has a unique look of ancient stone. Each container made from hypertufa is unique even if you make repeated casts it from the same mold. This is because of the character of the mixture you mix and the difference wrought by your hands each time you sculpt them.
Lightweight and Breathable
Because of the lighter weight aggregates used in Hypertufa, they are much lighter in weight than pots of the same size made of cement. Furthermore, Hypertufa containers breathe and can be left out year round. They do not break apart with the freeze/thaw of Midwest winters.
Endless Opportunities for Creativity
Because of the versatility of Hypertufa as a sculpting or molding medium, you can make almost anything you want either free-hand or molded and you can decorate its surface in whatever way you like. You can make it crude or make it refined, make it smooth, press textures into it even make it smooth or stick anything into it.

If you compare the costs for making your own hypertufa containers with those of cement, you will find that your own hypertufa planters will cost much less.

Well-made hypertufa pots will last for years. They will withstand chilling temperatures and take on a wonderful mossy green patina through the years. You can bump it or nick it with the edge of the lawn mower and it will not look worse for the wear. If something should cause part of your planter to crack or break, you can easily mix up a small batch of hypertufa and repair it so you can’t even tell it had broken.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK- A Gardening Activity Story

Jack and the Beanstalk
A Garden Activity Story by Steve Hess with illustrations by Paula Hayek

Once upon a time, there was a boy named Jack.  His mom and dad were master gardeners with green thumbs thanks to a magic watering can. They even had their own gardening show on TV and were quite famous.  One night a greedy giant destroyed their entire garden and ran off with the magic watering can, just like that!

Now, they were very poor.  They had to sell tomatoes at the farmers market.  One morning, Jack’s mom asked him to take the last of the tomatoes to the market and sell them.  On the way, he met a strange man who offered him magic bean seeds that would bring good luck.  Jack thought this was a great idea and traded the last of the tomatoes for the seeds. But when Jack’s dad saw the beans he was very angry and threw them into the garden.   

The next morning, Jack looked out of his window. There in place of the magic beans stood a giant beanstalk.  It was really awesome and Jack could not resist.  Up he climbed into the sky, through the clouds and found himself in a beautiful garden. 

All at once a loud voice boomed, “Fee, fie, foe, fun. I smell a master gardener’s son! Jack quickly hid inside a garden shed.  

An enormous giant stomped into the garden and sat down.
There on the bench next to him was the magic watering can! “Water!” roared the giant.  The magic watering can poured water on the garden, which grew and grew right before his eyes.  Jack jumped out of the shed, snatched the watering can and ran out of the garden.  

The giant tore after him shouting, “Fee, fie, foe, fun. I’ll get you, you master gardener’s son!” 

Jack hurried down the beanstalk with the giant close behind. He jumped to the ground, and yelled, “Mom, Dad, help me out here!  Jack’s dad grabbed a hatchet and chopped down the beanstalk, just like that.  The giant crashed to the ground and expired.  Jack’s mom quickly gathered the beanstalk and what was left of the giant into a big compost pile.  

With the help of the magic watering can, Jack and his parents could once again grow a beautiful garden.  Together they hosted a new garden show on TV and lived happily ever after.  

This story was just for fun but you can plant your own giant beanstalk.  It is done by planting two different types of bean seeds together.  Castor Bean and Hyacinth Bean Vine, which can be found at most garden stores or online.  The Castor Bean grows high and tall with big leaves and the Hyacinth Bean Vine grows up around it with beautiful flowers and colorful bean pods.  Be sure to watch out for giants and have a great time in the garden!

Monday, February 25, 2019


Spring unblocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil.


Birds love these shallow bird puddlers because they can easily wade into the water and then preen in the sunshine on the drier edge. Gardeners love them because they attract birds who are so fun to watch as they spash in the water.
This bird puddler was one of those made in our recent creative workshop. You can also make a bird puddler using leaves as part of our Hypertufa Studio coming up in March.
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We don't stop laughing because we grow older. 
We grow older because we stop laughing.


Making handmade paper is relaxing, colorful and fun. Join us in our Handmade Paper studio this summer.

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.