Flickr Finds: Recycled materials in the Garden

Flickr Finds: Recycled materials in the Garden

Abby Stone
Jun 30, 2008

Earlier today we blogged making a garden path of stepping stones. Surfing flickr, we came across another intriguing pathway, this one made from bottles that have seemingly been pressed into the ground, leaving their bottoms up. It's a pathway in Bella Madrona, the five-acre Oregon garden of Jim Sampson and Geoff Beasley that is the inspiration for the Pink Martini song, The Gardens of Sampson and Beasley. We also think, as we move from Garden Month here at AT to Green Month, that it's the inspiration for what can be done with found objects and imagination...

Bicycle tyre chairs
Named Madona, after the native trees, it consists of swamp, woods, meadow and a dry hillside with each section in the garden offering lush plantings that ebb and flow with the change of the seasons. Dotted with artistic and whimsical flourishes, including sculptures made of recycled materials and these chair constructed from bicycle tyres, it's an extravagant garden that works in harmony with nature.
A sculpture made of recycled materials

[Images via Christmas w/a K's Flickr, with a Creative Commons License]

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