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Bartering is a good thing! Haircuts and pedicures were bartered for the vintage wooden arch at the garden entrance to the ‘Kiss My Feet’ salon and spa. It’s a perfect fit for the beautiful red brick building.



Although quite small the entrance garden contributes to the Spa’s welcoming home-town ambience, a customer supplied the rudbeckia (known affectionately as “Black Eyed Susan”) when she was separating them in her garden and the feet were purchased from the Christmas store in Albany about two years after ‘Kiss My Feet’ opened in 2000.



There is an eclectic collection of modern and historic items outside the back door, can’t miss the giant metal flower. The owner spotted it at a metal fabricator’s when driving through Ocean County NJ, – “Man I have to have that because the flowers make me so tickled!” The piece of wood on the wall was found upstairs in the building, one of two pieces, the other was given to her fellow stylist. Tucked behind the flower  sculpture is a WWII can from local store Numrich Arms, this was the only one that didn’t leak! The dragonflies on the wall and hanging from a beam remind the owner of her sister who loves dragonflies.IMG_3932


The watering can is a gift from the owner’s sister. Doesn’t the begonia look good with the red brick?


So much more than an impersonal entrance way, this little garden displays the owner’s appreciation of history, love of community and respect for nature. And her sense of fun!


Would you like to see more of this garden? Let me know by leaving a comment I always love to hear from you guys!

© Text and photos by Andrea Giarraputo for

Being a fine art painter my friend Hazel has a creative mind and can see old things in a new way. She takes repurposing a step further when using found objects as garden decor.


At the foot of the steps to the deck is a collection of vintage watering cans and containers, most of which came with the house. The bucket is from some dog kennels on a friend’s farm. It was painted many years ago with green boat paint, the original owner was a barge worker and the green boat paint was used on pretty much everything. The oil can was salvaged from a dump at the back of the  property and was found with a metal detector.

For Hazel, container gardening enables her to bypass the limited sun, funky soil, slugs and voles. Velvety leaved coleus are used as a focal point to draw the eye along a path to a shady spot where a pot adds a drop of color too.


“The colors I like, blues, reds, yellows, white can all be put in a pot. The pots add a second level of height 15″or higher, you have a much more layered look to the garden.”


Salvaged from old screen doors, Hazel painted these aluminum panels and placed them in the flower garden.

“If I want purple there, I’ll put purple”


Several panels are combined inside a hand built wooden screen to frame a shady corner (below)


A scrap of periwinkle blue fence is under-planted with hostas to give it some visual weight (below). In the spring the flowers of the Double Flowering Japanese Kerria shrub are dots of yellow against the soft blue.


Recommended by Hazel –  Northern Dutchess Botanical Gardens for reasonable prices and awesome selection, especially Coleus.

For more on container gardening check out Container Gardening Tips with Bob Hyland at

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