I mentioned the recurring theme of recycling in yesterday's post
about the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show,
so I figured you may like to see some of the ideas.
This beautiful water pot was in Jason Hodges "Spare Change" garden,
where nearly every single item was found at the local council dump
From the timber used to create this rustic alfresco terrace
(including the parquetry herringbone floor)
to the mismatch of old dining chairs
(now all smartly painted soft matt charcoal),
all these items were somebody's cast-offs.
In fact, the only elements purchased new
were sand, cement, nuts, bolts, screws & nails.
He even recycled some of the plants!
And as the lady next to me remarked,
"any garden with a white crepe myrtle gets my vote".
(You can just see it here,
in full flower, on the right.)
An old fashioned plant which deserves
to be rediscovered, I think.
Then there were some rather tongue in cheek ideas,
like this veggie "bed".
A couple of palettes stacked up to form a vertical herb garden.
This idea is very do-able,
especially as old palettes are often seen sitting on verges
waiting to be thrown away.
This was a delight!
See the old cans & tyres which form a water trail
for the fountain?
Such a cheeky tin robot!
And then there were the outright crazy ones,
like the baby basket filled with flowers & ferns,
complete with parasol!
But all lots of fun,
and providing lots of inspiration for recycling in the garden.
images :: all taken by blue fruit at MIFGS 2012
for more information :: MIFGS