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July 2012 Picks for the Gardener

Author: Nancy Erdmann
Issue: July, 2012, Page 96

Inspired by artists she had seen during her travels, Phoenix resident Cathy Sue Shell decided to give mosaic art a try. The result is unique handcrafted wall pieces that incorporate tile, glass, stone, beads, paint and found objects. She often outlines her work with copper to create borders and shapes, and many include small plant holders. The mosaic pictured here measures 24"H x 18"W, is made to withstand the elements and is planted with elephant’s food. For more information on her commissioned work, contact the artist at

TABLEMATESThe Rotini Bud Vases were designed by artist Tracy Glover, who referenced rotini pasta when creating their spiral motif. Each handblown sphere is individually crafted using clear glass and colored glass chips. They come in seven colors—including Celery Green, Berry Purple and Light Blue (pictured)—and can be ordered through Valerianne of Scottsdale, (480) 946-8772;
GARDEN WEARWith their massaging insoles, solid arch support and ergonomic foot bed, Okabashi’s waterproof Gardenia clogs are ideal for gardeners. The anti-slip, anti-odor footwear is American-made, 100-percent recyclable, dishwasher-safe, machine-washable and endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association. They come in seven colors and can be ordered at

Scott Calhoun, a Tucson-based garden designer, dishes about cacti in The Gardener’s Guide to Cactus: The 100 Best Paddles, Barrels, Columns, and Globes (Timber Press). Calhoun provides information about the plants’ native habitats, and how to cultivate the desert beauties in your garden. Included are lists of spineless, culinary and scented cacti, along with design suggestions and the best tools for planting. —Jacque Gutierrez

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