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Icelanders build cathedrals out of concrete. Striking, creative and – most crucially in that seismically excitable area – resilient ones. That’s why you shouldn’t turn your nose up at this adaptable, inexpensive material when it comes to the garden.
I’ve been itching to make some garden art out of concrete since attending a presentation at our local garden club a while back. Hypertufa planters have also been on my radar – planters or troughs made lightweight through a mixture of concrete with perlite or peat moss.
Well, now Timber Press has just published a how-to book with 100 pages of inspiration followed by a 40-page workbook with all the instructions. It’s Concrete Garden Projects: Easy & Inexpensive Containers, Furniture, Water Features & More by Malin Nilsson and Camilla Arvidsson. Those Nordic folks (these gals are from Sweden) understand the value of concrete thinking.
Whip over quickly to the Timber Press site and enter their no-purchase-necessary contest and you might win a copy of the book – along with the moulds used to make some of the planters. The contest ends Friday, October 21st (that’s tomorrow, as of this writing). Good luck, and I hope you try some concrete projects yourself.
To give you more inspiration, I have another concrete story I’ll be posting soon.