Admire These Fantastic Planters from Reclaimed Wood

October 7, 2010 | By | Comments (8)

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Grumpy just returned from giving a talk at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky. These are the Olympics of the horse world. Royalty from all over the world jet in with their steeds to compete for glory and to meet me. Fifty thousand commoners a day also show up. This is the first time WEG has been held in the U.S. (thanks to those snobby European horse people) and it concludes October 10.

I was invited to speak by famed Kentucky garden designer Jon Carloftis, who not only designs private gardens in Kentucky, but also does rooftop gardens for people in Manhattan who have more money than Bernie Madoff stole. Jon and his partner, Dale Fisher, worked liked dogs for weeks setting up this incredible potting shed and vegetable garden exhibit for the WEG. Here are some pix.

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Jon said he got the idea for these great planting boxes from working with elderly people who just can’t kneel and bend to work a traditional ground level garden. These boxes are big enough to grow a whole variety of things (including beautiful fruit tree espaliers from the master, Peter Thevenot of River Road Farms). Not only that, but the boxes and potting shed are made from reclaimed wood salvaged from old barns and other structures destined to be torn down.


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Jon has just created a whole line of these planting boxes, called the Jon Carloftis America Reclaimed Garden Collection in partnership with Longwood Antique Woods. Click on the link in the preceding sentence to see it.

You’ll probably want to know how much these boxes cost. That depends on the size, of course, but it’s not out of this world. Contact Longwood Antique Woods if you’re interested.

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Wilson Nurseries in Frankfort, Kentucky did such a good job growing all the plants for his exhibit, I decided to give them a plug. Grumpy has a heart of gold. And if someone wanted to repay Grumpy by sending him some gold, well….

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Shopping for the Wife

While I was perusing the trade show at the WEG, the trade show displays immediately caught my eye.

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And I thought: “What a perfect gift for my wife, Judy!”

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Now if I can just get her to put it on .


  1. RoyalMachine

    .. actually.. the Olympics are the the Olympics of the horse world.. haha

    August 27, 2011 at 3:16 am
  2. Antiques

    Talk about old wood. Here in Texas there are tons of it and most folks will just let you take it off their barns if you ask.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:04 pm
  3. Tootsie

    I would love it if you would pop over and visit my blog! I have enjoyed my visit here today and will return often!

    October 31, 2010 at 12:33 am
  4. Rhonda Daniels

    Love the recycled wood, but am curious- how do they tell a female saddle from a male saddle? I never could tell mine apart…(wink)

    October 8, 2010 at 1:21 pm
  5. Grumpy Gardener (His Benevolence)

    Remote Gardener,
    She definitely needs a saddle.
    She put it on me right away.

    October 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm
  6. Jim Long

    I have enough reclaimed wood that someone could make a lot of planters. Two buildings, a good sized barn of old, old oak, and a garage of nice weathered, gray pine. Love the planters!
    And how’d Judy take to the saddle you brought her?

    October 8, 2010 at 11:43 am
  7. Elizabeth

    Ah Grumpy, you always make me laugh – great way to start the day, and a lot of great ideas. Thanks!

    October 8, 2010 at 9:38 am
  8. Remote Gardener

    Hey grump, I love the pictures but need to hide them from my wife. She is always looking for reclaimed wood to do flooring or walls in the house. Now with all of these ideas I she would have yet another reason to make me load and unload wood. 🙂 Maybe a saddle for her would be a good idea.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:02 pm

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