Handmade Garden Projects
Andrea Bellamy |

handmade garden projects

I’m happy to be taking part in a virtual book tour for Handmade Garden Projects, a new book from Timber Press and author Lorene Edwards Forkner.

I had the opportunity to meet Lorene and tour her wonderful Seattle garden last summer, and I was thrilled to see many snippets of Lorene’s very personal and whimsical garden appear in the pages of Handmade Garden Projects.

Lorene Edwards Forker's Lil Loafer

Lorene Edwards Forker’s Lil Loafer hideaway/garden folly – love this idea!

Lorene’s garden isn’t perfect—and I’d argue that any garden that can be described as such is therefore disqualified, anyway—but it has HEART. It’s full of charm and wit. Truly! It’s a witty garden, full of Lorene’s bubbly personality. I’m happy to report that her latest book is just the same: charming, effervescent, and yet, practical.

I’ll admit I opened the book with a bit of fear. Garden project books are often so same-old, same-old. Same projects, same approach. I needn’t have worried.

gabion-style coffee table from Handmade Garden Projects
Lorene’s garden boasts this gabion-style coffee table. Handmade Garden Projects teaches you how to make your own.

What I love about these projects is that they’re so varied. There are projects, like a nail-head totem, that can be whipped up in minutes, and those, like a gabion-style coffee table, that you’ll complete over a weekend. Some, like the scrap metal window ledge, convey industrial charm, others, like the sleek succulent gutter, are well, sleek and modern.

Succulent gutter in garden of Lorene Edwards Forkner. Photo by Allan Mandell
Sleek succulent gutter in the garden of Lorene Edwards Forkner. Photo by Allan Mandell.

I also love that the instructions are so simple, and so easy to follow. But what makes this an extra-special project book is Lorene’s wonderful perspective on her subject. She lives this stuff, and has the garden to prove it. It’s an inspiration to someone like me, who often overlooks the impact that simple, personal touches can have on a landscape. Handmade Garden Projects is the perfect reminder.

Scrap metal shelf. Photo by Allan Mandell.
Lorene’s garden is full of quirky touches, like this scrap metal shelf. Photo by Allan Mandell.

Want a copy? Timber Press is generously offering one lucky reader a copy of Handmade Garden Projects. Just leave a comment – by midnight PST on May 21 – telling me if you have any projects planned for your garden this year. I’ll select a random winner.

Check out what some of the other bloggers participating in this book tour are saying (You have to check out Helen at Toronto Gardens’ post on making Lorene’s amazing tap-on canning jar lanterns. So pretty!):

Amateur Bot-ann-ist
Rock Rose
Growing a Garden in Davis
Bonney Lassie
Houston Garden Girl
Bumblebee Blog
The Bicycle Garden
Our Little Acre
Common Weeder
Debra Prinzing

Also, you should check out Lorene’s lovely blog, Planted at Home.

UPDATE: We have a winner! Commenter #23 – Shannon – was chosen by random.org. Shannon, I’ll be in touch to arrange delivery of your new book!

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