The “Minimal” GardenWritten by Johann Erickson
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The effort put into wild gardens is all in beginning. After that, you’ll be able to sit back in your Adirondack chairs under trees, and enjoy sights and sounds of nature. As flowers grow and begin to bloom, you’ll see just what kind of bonuses they bring. And you can increase pleasure, by providing extras for visitors to your garden.
Natural grasses that go to seed will attract birds. A birdbath at edge of your garden, or even further onto lawn will provide water for visitors, and allow them to splash and drink, then return to their browsing in garden. Designs in bird baths have gone way beyond classic Roman column with a cement bowl, and now offer delightful reproductions of fairies, cherubs, angels, and animal figures, such as a squirrel holding a birdbath.
You may find that your yard is suddenly extra popular with all kinds of feathered friends, in which case, you might like to provide further feeding stations for them. Birdfeeders come in a wide variety of shapes, designed for placement at different levels. There are gazebo and stained glass feeders to be hung from tree branches, Pelican or fairy dish-style feeders that sit on lawn for ground feeders, and wasp-proof feeders that can be hung out, or mounted in planters for tiny and charming hummingbirds.
Don’t forget yourself, once you have your “minimal” garden set up to admire. Place a garden swing on your patio, or a patio table and chairs in shade where you can sit and enjoy nature at its best.
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Origin of Lawn FurnitureWritten by Johann Erickson
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You can choose chairs by color to suit predominant color in a garden. For example, if you’re growing herbs, many of which flower in blues and purples, there are violet Adirondack chairs. Perhaps you’d rather have chairs to match your house trim, in which case there are red, yellow, indigo, and orange models. And of course, you can still get “original” green chair.
Artist Joel Sisson of Minneapolis, Minnesota, wanted to make a “big” thing of Adirondack chairs, and built a gargantuan example and placed it on his front lawn in 1996. The chair was stolen, so he built another. It too, was stolen. To make sure Adirondack chair didn’t disappear into night forever, Sisson then built 90 of chairs, and enlisted help of local high school students to paint them a sea foam green. The chairs were distributed in pairs, to neighbors along a city block, and displayed on their lawns.
In celebration of their successful vanquishing of chair thieves, Sisson took ten of his students, two giant chairs, and 50 regular sized ones, and hauled them to National Mall in Georgetown, where slats were assembled, painted, and put on display. The single giant chair remains there today.
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