Stone patio table

Go big with Cro-magnon patio furniture

Despite below-average spring temperatures here in Southern Ontario, the big box hardware stores are busily stacking patio furniture to the rafters–always a heartening sign. But I’m not feeling the love for tastefully modern, ebony-coloured plicker side tables or neon-bright recycled-plastic faux Adirondacks. After one crazy-long winter, I’m thinking big and bad. Huge and heavy. I’m thinking…

Garden gnome in a sphere

The gnome at home

There’s more than just broken branches and used Timmy cups surfacing as the snow melts. The gnomes are back. I’m looking at them with mixed feelings. Here’s why: On this day last year, a garden gnome was used to demonstrate 3D modelling and digital fabrication technology thanks to MakerBot and Autodesk. He was photographed at various…

Stone sculptures of sheep

Forget shamrocks, plant stones

The “Wild Atlantic Way” at this week’s Canada Blooms garden festival brought a bit of green and lovely Ireland to frozen Toronto. Like the country itself, the bright pop-up garden sprouted a variety of hefty stones representing the monumental, the practical and the hysterical. A mini dolmen or portal tomb (a low arch created by two…