Sometimes the difference between a really good garden and a great garden is the finishing touches the latter receives. Not unlike the interior decorating the interiors of our homes are graced with, the outside garden also receives its flair and charm from the personal touches we add to it. This is often accomplished with the use of garden statuary in one form or another.
Like any other type of decorating, the personalization of the garden is dependent upon individual tastes, preferences and of course budgetary considerations. As well a good dose of creativity and imagination goes a long way. Fortunately for us gardeners there is no shortage of available material suitable for outdoor garden decor. Usually procured over a period of time, the mature garden takes on the personality and style of its creator.
The favorite statuary in our garden is the cement casting of Francis of Assisi, the patron Saint of animals and ecology who is also known for his creation of the Christmas Creche or Nativity Scene. He is tucked under a golden ninebark shrub to help protect him from the elements.
To honor the herons that habitually visit our pond with the intention of eating our pet gold fish we have placed a free moving heron carved out of wood right by the pond. Our hope is that this imposing figure will discourage the herons from landing on our shores.
Geese, ducks and all fashion of birds have alway been a favorite of my mothers, so our garden would not be complete without a few waddling throughout the borders. Ours are all made of cast cement and can remain in the garden year round undamaged by winter storms.
Bird baths are not only beautiful but also functional for attracting the real thing into our garden. Once cracked they are turned into growing containers for small succulents and fairy gardens.
Spica and Boots, our beloved whippets are remembered with a whippet statue in their honor that sits by the front steps.
Another favorite in our garden is a piece of driftwood salvaged from the shore of our Okanagan Lake. It is not only very attractive but was also easy on the budget.
Artfully carved out of wood is our full sized replica of a black bear. This piece was attained from a local artist who works with a chainsaw. This statue is a beautiful work of art and claims a dominant spot in our garden which is frequently visited by the real deal!
Metal sculptures are also a favorite choice as they can also be left out in the garden for all 4 seasons. They are also lighter and can be moved around more easily.