“Whimsy is the watchword here, even as Forkner provides full-color photos, practical conversion tables, hardiness zones, and resources listings in this innovative addition to DIY creativity.”
“The book is filled with ideas for turning unused items and common materials into decorative and functional garden accents.”
“The book is part inspiration and part manual, but for anyone comfortable working with simple tools and construction materials there is just enough step-by-step instruction to get started.”
“There are fun, do-able things in this book.”
“If you need a little inspiration for infusing your personality into your own garden, be sure to check out her book.”
“A creative new book…filled with ideas and instructions with DIY ideas from fountains to fire pits.”
“Fresh take on life outdoors.”
"If you are wondering what's in this book for plant nerds, the good news is: Plenty."
"[Offers] pretty unique creative weekend projects."
"Her instructions are practical, her aesthetic pleasingly funky."
"A series of well-photographed and inspiring garden visits and projects, meant to enhance your garden."
"A collection of simple and inspiring projects that take your garden--be it balcony, small or large--to the next level and reflect your personality and taste."
"Handmade Garden Projects is one of the books that puts a smile on your face...any gardener is bound to find a project they'll love...jam-packed with colorful photos, great advice and good guidance, making it a must-have. Better buy two, one to keep for yourself!"
About the Author
Lorene Edwards Forkner is the author of several gardening books, including Hortus Miscellaneous
(2007), Growing Your Own Vegetables
, and Canning and Preserving Your Own Harvest
(both 2009). Her writing has appeared in several national and regional publications including Organic Gardening
, MaryJane's Farm
, Northwest Garden News
, and Edible Seattle
A popular speaker with a warm engaging manner, Lorene is always eager to weigh in on horticultural mysteries, offer direction for design conundrums, and teach DIY gardeners how to dig in and craft a personal landscape filled with an abundance of interest and delicious flavor.
Lorene considers her approach to making gardens to be rooted in childhood outdoor play, supported by a degree in fine art and years of experience owning and operating Fremont Gardens, a small specialty retail nursery in Seattle, Washington.
At home in West Seattle, Lorene tends a city garden abundantly filled with favorite plants, a small but productive vegetable garden, plenty of room for relaxation, and a tiny vintage travel trailer. She fully admits she is a garden geek most at bliss when covered in dirt. You can follow her adventures at PlantedAtHome.com.