Garden History: Garden Antiques
My sister just finished doing the Chicago Botanic Gardens Antiques and Garden Fair; she is an antiques dealer out of Maine; one of her specialities is garden antiques. She does the big shows and has a few high profile customers - like Bill Cosby, Martha, Barbara Streisand, and Bunny Williams. She called last night and asked if I wanted any of the multitude of plants that are being summarily dispatched for a song when the show is over this afternoon(!). Anyway, that led me to consider the fact that we have not had a thread on antique garden ornaments.
What are your favorites? Do you have any special ornaments, statuary, urns, ironwork, fences and gates, etc in your private gardens or in the gardens in which you are employed? (I am familiar with Dumbarton Oaks - there are beautiful pieces there . . .) Interesting stories about pieces? Family heirlooms? Old farm/ag equipment and tools? European pieces from fabulous estates? Everyday old items put to use in the garden as ornament or focal point?
Garden antiques - an unexplored part of garden history and restoration on the GR forum.
Here is the link to the show, although it is over today: