Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Fun in the Garden with Recycled Glass

Last month, my mom and I attended the San Diego Floral Association's garden walk.
The self-guided tour of private home gardens included three homes in Point Loma, and three in Mission Hills.
We attended the same tour last year (of different homes), and were so impressed that we had to go again.
San Diego organizations hold a number of garden tours throughout the county starting in the spring, but our funds are usually limited so we have to only choose one or two tours to attend.

I have so many fun photos, I'll have to post about this more than once.

Let's start with this home in Mission Hills.
The family had terraced a steep hillside with a descending path, fountains, and foliage.
They had done all the work themselves.

From the street level, they built a tower in their back patio.
Within, the spiral staircase brings you into the terraced backyard.
Garden Tower

They set up simple rest areas and fountains.
Simple Fountain

Here a simple roof tile acts as a spigot for a waterfall, surrounded by drought tolerant plants
Simple Fountain

Steep hillsides and canyons are too often neglected.
This home owner, however, utilized the space beautifully.
The dirt path snaked its way down and across, with nooks and crannies filled with plants.

But I was most impressed with the retaining walls they built from wine and water bottles
Wine and Water Bottle Retaining wall

Wine and Water Bottle Retaining wall
(click on photos to enlarge)

Wine and Water Bottle Retaining wall
The owner said they drink about three bottles of wine per week, and it just added up.
Talk about a great recycling project!
Note the Blu Italy water bottles in the blue glass are available at places like Whole Foods and Trader Joes.

You can always just add the color and sparkle of glass in your garden, like I posted about before,
here blue glass bottles are placed on the tines of an upturned rake
Garden embellishments

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That garden is so beautiful and inspiring Barb! I love the re-use of bottles -makes me laugh.

8:43 AM  
Blogger Vallen said...

I love recycling projects that are so beautiful. This reminds of a house in Merida, Mexico that is completely enameled with pieces of broken glass set in plaster to make gorgeous designs. People can just be so clever and talented when presented with ordinary materials.

1:45 PM  

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