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Creating Natural Balance: Making a Garden Peace Pole, Part 2


| 5/22/2018 9:09:00 AM



Summer Garden

For me, garden art creates natural balance. The flow of creating a piece of garden decor, especially from design to development, enhances my life balance. Seeing garden accessories sprouting in the midst of plants provides a personal human touch to my natural world.

As a writer, a blank page (or, better yet, a blank journal) excites my creativity. The artist in me sees a blank canvas, blank wall – really, any unmarked surface – and imagines the array of designs and colors I could add. For instance, when I was a teen, my dad had steamed the wallpaper off our dine-in kitchen walls. I somehow convinced my parents to let me paint a large mural on the wall behind the dinette table. It took me three years to complete, finished just in time for me to marry and move out of state. I was thrilled when Dad built a frame around this painting of a forested waterfall. The mural remained in place at least until the house sold, some 35 years later.

Just as that painting became a centerpiece in our home, this peace pole was planned to hold court in a special place, too – my garden. The whitewashed, four-foot pole I chose to keep became my blank canvas. I was in awe of the possibilities.

Planning the Artpole Design

Thus began the planning process. I knew the peace pole would ultimately embellish my flower garden, so I began searching for quotations and designs focused on nature. However, garden poles can focus on anything you love and enjoy. For example, my friend who provided the antique newel posts painted one of hers as a gift for her parents. She decorated it with a painting of their beloved dog and other important mementos of their life.



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