Many gardeners want to pick out their own tools, but appreciate a thing of beauty that reminds them why they garden in the first place. So why not check out the following? Many of these beauty-makers are bloggers as well.
I first came across Elizabeth’s Flowers–the blog–which led me to her store of the same name. Almost all of her items for sale involved pressed flowers. They are framed as art, featured on greeting cards, and even adorn luminaries. Flower presses and paper making kits are also available.
Saxon Holt, one of the bloggers at Gardening Gone Wild, sells two different calendars with choice photographic images. One features fruits and vegetables, the other, stylish gardens, with plenty of room to write in your dates and appointments. Please let him know you heard about it from me in the message box of his checkout page, and I will get a little gift of my own. While you’re there, take a look at his fine art prints. Jaw-dropping gorgeous!
Maybe you’d like to make something yourself. Mo Gilmer, garden blogger and prolific garden writer, has assembled a collection of botanical art for your use, as well as an ebook on using these images in crafts. There’s plenty here to inspire you!
I have been a fan of Mary Azarian’s woodcuts since the first Cook’s Garden catalog arrived in my mailbox. Her gorgeous prints reflect the heart of a gardener and the spirit of New England, but don’t forget about her children’s books, many of which address unusual topics.
While we’re on the subject of children’s books, did you know that The Secret Garden now comes in an annotated edition? I haven’t read the book myself, but the notes are written by Burnett’s biographer, and illustrations from all major editions of the novel are included. So far it’s gotten one positive and one negative review on Amazon.
Cold Climate Gardening contributor Judy Miller makes soaps, creams, and perfumes–an entirely different kind of botanical art. As Judy relates, “I am more and more delving into infusing the soap oils with herbs and botanicals from the garden, for both scent and skin care–and in using herb teas for the water phase. Gives some nice scent and even a tad of color. I infused many things this summer and fall for winter soapmaking–lavender from different scented plants, chamomile, roses, fir needles, lemon grass, lemon eucalyptus, sweet grass, etc. It makes the soapmaking process a bit slower, but it really adds a nice depth to the scent, and is nice to add things from the garden that are good for the skin. Then, I got some really ‘killer’ rose wax, and have been making creams and a rather lovely rose soap; and that led to orange flower wax (byproduct of Neroli production) perfume and cream, tuberose cream. . . plus a nice peppermint cream for tired feet. Plus the chef’s soap has ground rosemary & rosemary infused oil from my housepet rosemary plants. I kept a bar of that for myself, it smells so nice.” She also makes catnip fish (kitty aromatherapy!) and notecards with images from her garden.
Two and a half years ago my daughter gave me a painting of one of the rarer trilliums, Trillium undulatum, which she rendered in acrylic, working from a photograph. We are now offering various decorative items enhanced with her artwork in the Cold Climate Gardening Store. I’m also creating a collection featuring garden quotes, and you diehard Cold Climate Gardening fans (hi, Mom!) will find some items to express your loyalty.
Other Botanical Blogs
These don’t appear to be selling artwork, but they are still beautiful to look at:
- The Illustrated Garden
- A Photographer’s Garden Blog
- In A Garden
- The Occasional Gardener
- Digital Flower Pictures
Photo of pressed flowers courtesy Elizabeth’s Flowers. Photo of soaps courtesy Paradise Gardens Rare Plant Nursery.