Building Garden Ornaments
Getting anxious to get started on this year's garden? While waiting for those first warm days, why not make a mosaic garden table, a planter box, or a trellis? Building Garden Ornaments: 24 Do-It-Yourself Projects to Accent Any Setting, by the editors of Creative Publishing International (Cowles Creative Publishing, 2000; $14.95) gives you step-by-step instructions for making a variety of items, including water features, accent pieces, garden furnishings, trellises, and arbors. There's also a basic techniques section that covers cutting and soldering copper, working with hypertufa, building with bricks, and adding a GFCI receptacle in the garden.
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The Avant Gardener
Tools come in many forms, and information is certainly one of them. A singular source of gardening information is an 8-page, monthly newsletter called The Avant Gardener. Now nearing the end of its fourth decade of publication by editor and publisher Thomas Powell, this newsletter is unique among gardening publications for the range of information it provides. Powell culls university and botanical garden research, plant and seed companies, other publications, and hundreds of other sources to inform readers with information they never even knew they wanted to know. Subscriptions are $24 per year. For more information, contact The Avant Gardener, P. O. Box 489, New York, NY 10028.