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Bottle Trees: ...and the Whimsical Art of Garden Glass

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Originally meant to trap bad spirits, bottle trees arrived in the U.S. with the African slave trade and first took root in the South. Now it's a popular art form, a national phenomenon that's showing up at garden shows, craft fairs and farmers markets. Garden writer and photographer Felder Rushing has encountered thousands of bottle trees and other glass garden art in his ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by St. Lynn's Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Melki
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
"We are simply holding glass up to the light, where it can sing . . ." ~ Jenny Pickford, artist

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Once upon a time, it was believed that spirits lived in containers. (You've no doubt heard of the genie in the lamp.) It was also thought that malevolent ghosts could be lured into bottles placed in doorways and thus kept from entering the home. Gradually, this tradition crossed continents and evolved into "yard art" which, in addition to bottle trees, includes stained glass, gazing globes and witch ba
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Cindy
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a whimsical and lovely look at the use of glass art in gardens. I enjoyed the glass art at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, but also love the homemade bottle trees in this book. I have to start a bottle collection to go on my own bottle tree!!
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May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Tiny book bursting with wonderful photos of fantastic southern folk art. Inspired my daughters and I to begin the lofty process of a wine bottle (bottom) path edging as well as a bottle tree.
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Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
A fun picture book of bottle trees in England and US gardens. Glass sculpture and witch balls are also included plus a little history about garden trees and garden balls origins.
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Felder Rushing is a 10th-generation American gardener whose pioneer ancestors settled across the Southeast, bringing many plants with them. Rushing's overstuffed, quirky cottage garden has been featured in many TV programs and magazines (including a cover of Southern Living), and includes a huge variety of weather-hardy plants along with a collection of folk art. There is no turfgrass, just plants ...more