With all of their quirky spikes & flauntably fabulous colours, Tillandsia’s are a artistic and unique addition to the home garden. These air plants are beyond simple. They require no soil and cause no mess. Just a light misting once or twice a week helps maintain their fabulousness.
Their unique growing conditions lend tillandsia to a variety of creative containers. The possibilities are endless and inspired! Flora Grubb has been doing revolutionary things out in California with highly functional tillandsia hangers, creating walls of Air plants at the Bardessono Hotel. Those tall panel like stretches of air plants are mad cool. On a much smaller scale tillandsia are perfectly suited for terrariums & home offices. For ideas steeped in creativity check out Garden Therapy‘s recent projects. Or go bold with a unique twist on a holiday wreath. I was inspired by Steve Asbell’s tutorial on Rainforest Garden and decided to make one myself. What a wonderful rainy day project!
First I laid out the Tillandsia usenoides ‘Curly’ and sucured it to the wreath with my wire. I love using copper wire on projects, as even when it’s visible it looks good. Next I added moss. I used the chopstick to work the moss into the crevices. Poking & prodding until the moss was secured in and around the cascade of curly hanging from the bottom.
With the base layer complete I was ready to place the tillandsia. I purposely picked brightly coloured plants in the hues of red & pink to be a little more festive for the holidays. I wrapped the air plants leaving extra length on the wire to twist through the wreath. It was that simple.
This project was enjoyable and rewarding. Crafting a piece of one of a kind living art to display in my home. Simply beautiful.
Art Knapp’s is celebrating it 26th annual Ladies Night at their Vancouver location on November 16th & at their Port Coquitlam location on November 17th. With 100% of ticket sales going to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), this fun & fashionable fundraiser boasts a taste of food & drink from local winexperts & eateries, ladies fall fashions and gardening workshops with Wim! Guests will receive a 15% store wide discount, and will be happy to know that 5% of every purchase will also be donated to the JDRF. As you get ready for the upcoming holiday season, don’t forget to take a little time for yourself while benefiting a great cause. A Ladies Night with Art Knapp is the perfect way to do just that.
This is the first year that the Vancouver location is participating in Ladies Night as well. Now those downtown can finally participate in this fun evening of pampering & pleasure that we’ve been enjoying out in Port Coquitlam for years, all while picking up some seasonal decorating ideas & helping a great cause.
I was recently invited to the Art Knapp Vancouver location to check out their massive section of Air plants. I leaped at the opportunity. Not only did they have a wealth of unique colours and varieties, but the shop is packed with stunning urban plantings and small space ideas. The eyes never go hungry at the Hornby street location. I spent some time talking with the staff , poking the planters while oogling their vertical gardens and Christmas displays all over the shop. A girl could get lost in here….
We’ve partnered up with Art Knapp to offer our local readers a pair of tickets to Ladies Night Port Coquitlam. Leave a comment & share one of your seasonal decorating tips and you’ll be entered to win! This is a short contest date, so we’ll be drawing the winner & notifying them by email on Wednesday November 13th.
You don’t have to be local to support this great cause. If you’re feeling in the spirit of the season and wish to add your support for JDRF you can donation directly through their website.
The garden at Thyme on 43rd was full of fantastic and unusual plants. While on tour there this fall I drained a fresh battery snapping pictures of this impressive private garden. I’d love to spend a day playing plant ID. I don’t think I’d be able to name them all.
Where did all of these wild & wonderful plants come from? Touring with the designer & homeowner has it’s perks. The secrets out, Art’s Nursery in Surrey is where most of these specimin trees & perennials once called home. It was of no surprize to me. I was at Art’s last month with my eldest daughter. In search spring bulbs & asters while getting thourougly distracted by golf carts & the acres of specimin trees & shrubs to peruse. It is the perfect spot to go for that special something to bring a little more WOW to your garden.
The good people at Art’s Nursery were thrilled to hear that their plants were thriving so well at Thyme on 43rd in their award winning garden. So thrilled that they wanted to share some of that spectacular fall colour by giving away a #1 gallon Acer palmatum ’Shaina’ Japanese Maple to one of our lucky readers!
This one’s an easy one for my local readers.
This past summer I was asked to join a diverse panel of industry experts to sit as judges for the BC Landscape & Nursery Association‘s 2013 Landsape Awards of Excellence. We looked at gardens from across BC. Pouring over images & plant lists, looking at water features and outdoor living rooms. It was an interesting day. Visiting over a dozen gardens while not leaving the office. What the experience may have lacked in touchy feel-y plants, it more than made up for in inspiration. I left the BCLNA headquarters that afternoon feeling my juices recharged. I wanted to go sculpt a new garden. More on that another time…
While we judged projects of all sizes and scope, one was found to be execptional. This year we handed out the Award of Excellence to the Grand Winner: Ogawa Landscape Design for their work on Thyme on 43rd. We were lucky enough to have been invited to visit this private garden by the homeowner Evelyn Faulkner, and this fall we took her up on the offer.
Through out the garden the level hard work and attention to detail was evident everywhere we looked. The designer Hayato Ogawa was on hand to speak to us about this grand project that enveloped his life for so many years. With humour and a humble grace he spoke about the challenges he faced building this masterpiece.
The large natural stones throughout the garden were brought in and placed with the utmost care and intent while using the traditional techniques for building a Japanese garden. Tri pods were employed, pavers were hand chiseled, wood was fit together using the techniques of joinery. This was the tireless work of a true professional, and the results were outstanding.
Thyme on 43rd is a surprising brilliant garden hidden in plain sight. A normal suburban street in the heart of Langley became simply extrodinary once we stepped through the formidable side gate. Instantly transporting us into the heart of one of the most unique & beautiful gardens in the Lower Mainland.
My lens found happiness in the little details. Flowers turning, leave bursting with the last of their sensational colours, and of course the stone.
As a photographer I was in heaven. I took so may pictures while wandering the paths of Thyme on 43rd. Too many to share in one post. Last week I gathered a few of the most captivating pathways in Wordless Wednesday: Walk this Way, with more to follow later this week. I hope to get back to this garden in the spring. I suspect it will be well worth the wait.