I think this was my third trip to Edgefield for the Crackedpots show. Wandering the gardens of Edgefield is always a good time, add in people watching, stuff for sale...and it's a fun outing. While most of the artist's creations are not my style (there's a lot of "whimsy") there are always a few things I'd like to bring home and the idea behind the the show is one I wholeheartedly support: "Crackedpots is a volunteer driven non-profit devoted to waste reduction in our community. Creative reuse - reclaiming and re-imagining - is at the heart of all we do."
I've talked up the planter I bought last year from Indio Metal Arts and was thrilled to see her work in the same location this year...
Aren't these great?
I was really eyeing this one, a square pot on a spike so it hovers above the ground. Pretty fabulous right? I stood there thinking over the purchase and managed to talk myself out of it. My garden is small, I've got a lot going on. I need to be careful I don't add so much visual clutter (cool clutter is still clutter) you are no longer able to see the plants for the containers. I passed. And I am happy I did. But I hope someone took this beauty home!
Moving on I was taken with this sconce/vase/thing. Pretty fabulous right?
As was the one on the right, the simple square container. I'm sure someone will be enjoying these, but that person is not me.
I was hesitant to snap a lot of photos of the items for sale, knowing these are people who've spent time dreaming up and creating things, I didn't want them to think I was snapping photos so I could attempt to replicate what they'd come up with. So — on that note — time for a little plant viewing.
As are it's blooms.
One of the very first Magnolia macrophylla I ever saw (in the middle, up against, but taller than, the building). I like to visit it to remind myself just how tall Clifford can get.
A friend of mine used to live in an ivy-covered apartment building, he told stories of spiders. I wonder if they're a problem for the hotel guests?
I appreciated that someone was kind enough to buy this fellow a beer.
The grand hotel, which was built in 1911 as the county poor farm. Andrew and I have talked about staying here, a quick "weekend away" kind of thing for a summer concert on the lawn (it's just 12 miles from our home), but we never have.
There were interesting, informative signs throughout the garden.
I especially appreciated this one — at a sale where you're potentially buying more stuff you probably don't need!
Oh, and there's a plant sale! Mostly plants that have been propagated by the McMenamins gardeners, but a few others too. We'll come back to this.
I photograph these huge troughs every time I visit.
They're just so fabulous.
As is the Agave americana var. medio-picta 'Alba'.
Moon carrot! (Seseli gummiferum)
I do love a green wall...
I photographed these same Aeonium in this same spot last year.
Surely they didn't spend winter here.
Look, space for your next outdoor event! Which will hopefully be held on a day with a clear sky and no smoke, this was another very bad day, air quality wise, here in the Portland area.
To the veggie garden...
Make that fruit and veggie...
On another side of the property I was excited to peruse the offerings from ReClaim It!, the retail arm of Crackedpots.
Here you can shop items that haven't yet been creatively up-cycled.
Barrel rings for $6...
I managed, once again, to just walk away. However I did walk back to the plant sale. Yes indeedy.
I keep meaning to add one of these to the garden.
At only $3.50 each I bought three, and a Centaurea atropurpurea.
That flower is humongous!
My hand for scale.
The winery called, but I was strong and walked on by...
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