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A journey through the pages of Handmade Garden Projects, Lorene Edwards Forkner's wonderful DIY idea and how-to guide, is a lot like taking a road trip with her to shop junkyards, flea markets, and vintage sales. I should know, because I've tagged along on many such adventures. There was one NHS trip where most of us came home with plants. But Lorene came home with a rack of antlers and a vintage game board.

What you and I would consider a pile of clutter in our garage or basement is, to this talented Seattle artist, designer, and author, the raw material of a cool garden project. Once she shows us how to re-imagine a section of gutter as a modern succulent planter for the balcony railing, there's an a-ha moment and we start to appreciate the potential of everyday objects in a new way. "I'm a handmade gardening gal—part eco-friendly, non-traditionalist, part crafty creative with more ideas than money," she writes. "My garden is my canvas, my vision, and my voice. A place where I am free of all rules, except those of Nature herself. It's where I make my unique mark on the world."

Indeed, Lorene has been turning nothing into something for most of her horticultural career. At F...

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