Bottle Trees: ...and the Whimsical Art of Garden Glass
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 travels across America and around the world. In BOTTLE TREES he presents 60 of his favorites, from the backyards of Mississippi to the Chelsea Flower Show to the glass fantasies of Dale Chihuly. With humor and affection he tells the stories behind the photographs: the history and lore of bottle trees and glass sculpture, and the inspired people who make them.
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Whimsy in the Garden
Look what's popping up in backyards and botanical gardens across America and Europe! Acclaimed garden writer and photographer Felder Rushing has been stalking bottle trees and other playful glass creations for more than forty years - from homemade follies to Dale Chihuly fantasies. This is a book for lovers of quirky art...and for those...