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~ The Rustic Garden ~

Rustic garden decorations, which are made of materials such as live willows, raw cedar, wild vine and bark are becoming increasingly popular. Is it a counter-reaction to the unbiquitous unistone, pavement, and encroachment of technologies such as cell phones in our lives?

We associate "rustic" with "old-fashioned" and country homes, but many artists are taking the concept of "rustic" and imparting a modern, personalized flavor to it.

Montreal's Kim Vergil has been creating rustic garden pieces and installations for over 14 years. She teaches several classes, and her landscaping has been featured at the Montreal Botanical Garden and Flora International. While Kim is willing to travel for commissions, local rustic artists, while still hard to find, are a great and relatively inexpensive way to decorate one's landscape without using standard building materials.

It takes a lot of resourcefulness and organization to be a rustic artist. Wood must be collected from unconventional sources, from willow farms, to the roadside and vegetal refuse left on curbs. Not only must be be collected, but it must be stored to be ready for use on short notice. Living willow installations, however, must be planned ahead of time because they willow must be cut and planted in the spring.

Do take a minute to visit Kim's Rustic Garden website! You will be inspired.






Literature

rusticgarden The log and stone camps and lodges in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, which gave city dwellers a place to escape, have become synonymous with rustic style. Carley examines the architecture and interiors of this turn-of-the-century style through history and photographs of buildings such as Sagamore lodge in the Adirondacks as well as contemporary dwellings that echo this rustic style throughout the United States. Kylloe, a dealer and collector of rustic furniture and decorative accessories, examines furnishings and provides a history of the style and its manufacturers and designers.
rusticgarden This book features all-new projects aimed at the hottest trend in garden and yard decoration - rustic structures and accents made from green wood, soldered copper, weathered wood, rough cedar, unfinished iron, and other common materials. Projects include: rustic bird houses and wildlife feeders made from weathered cedar; arbors and trellises made from rough willow branches; a garden bench made from bark-on branches shaped by an ax; a garden obelisk made from soldered copper allowed to weather; woven-twig garden edging. The projects are remarkably easy to build, and most can be completed in a single weekend.
rusticgarden Green wood from a newly felled tree is easy to cut, bend, and shape. That is why working with green wood remains a time-honored rural craft for producing rustic-style furniture and other outdoor fixtures. Following a comprehensive introductory section on tools, techniques, and types of wood, the authors present 15 easy-to-follow projects that will result in attractive and useful objects made of green wood. They include a trellis, a garden bench, a rustic slab wood gate, and a backyard pergola, to cite just a few. Directions for all projects are heavily illustrated, and range from "easy" to "ambitious."
rusticgarden Through 30 attractive projects of varying difficulty, two experts in this traditional art teach the pleasures of working with sticks, twigs, and other found wood. No experience is required to construct many of the pieces, and illustrations and color photos provide help throughout. A woven twig birdhouse, beautiful diamond rose trellis, and the perennial favorite Adirondack chair: all the projects add decorative flair to a porch or deck. Also included are tips for working with bark, and advice on painting and other finishing methods. The various combinations of natural wood textures and curves will add spark-and comfort-to any garden.
rusticgarden Rustic Revisited reveals today's rustic-contemporary design that celebrates the honesty of all-natural, local materials such as wood, twig, stone, and bark. Rustic structures often have the same finish on the exterior and the interior-for example, rough-hewn timber on both the outside and inside. Thirty unique homes, most planned by architects or interior designers, are showcased here, each lavishly photographed to allow readers exclusive access to interiors, exteriors, and noteworthy details. These homes cover the full spectrum of rustic-renovations and new construction, traditional and cutting edge. A bonus chapter on decoration spotlights the craftspeople who are the creative forces of the movement.

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