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Garden Photo of the Day

Reclaimed Wood Makes a Gazebo

Today’s GPOD is from Cathy Gemkow of Stanwood, Washinton:

"Hello, I love to garden and create all kinds of different spaces in my yard. I have built with re-purposed wood, granite, fallen trees and just about anything I can find. I am an artist who loves to work with her hands."

The gazebo was built in 2006 with cedar branches from a winter storm.

This is the inside of the gazebo. The furniture is vintage from an estate sale and other items inside were bought cheap. I put in vintage stained glass for windows and a vintage working chandelier. Birds make homes here in the spring.

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  1. frankgreenhalgh 11/21/2017

    Hello to you too, Cathy - Wow, what a snazzy, colourful, creative and unique gazebo! Nice work using reclaimed materials. Bet it is a great conversation piece. Is it an octagonal shape? Did somebody help you securing the posts etc? How are the roof joists joined in the centre of the roof (bolted into octagonal steel structure?)? Cheers from Oz

  2. Maggieat11 11/21/2017

    What fun!! I love your creativity and wish I had your skills, too! Please send more photos!

  3. lindanewber 11/21/2017

    Hi Cathy....l also love your garden! I can see why the birds move in come spring. Stained glass windows are beautiful! I’m afraid I’d spend all my time sitting here instead of working in the garden Great job! Please do send more pics.....Thanks for sharing

  4. Garden1953 11/21/2017

    Wow, you are talented!!

  5. Cheryl A 11/21/2017

    Delightful! Full of color and whimsy! Thanks for brightening our fall mornings with cheeriness and fancy.

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    treasuresmom 11/21/2017

    Wow! Wonderful how you used the cedar branches to make the gazebo! I love recycling in such a beautiful way.

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    meander1 (Michaele ) 11/21/2017

    You must be strong in body as well in spirit, Cathy, to have tackled this project and made such a success of it. I suspect that just gathering up the fallen cedar branches would have used up my energy sufficiently to quiet my creative muse. That is quite a fun matching bird condo unit you made for the tall trunk that is next to the gazebo.

  8. user-4691082 11/21/2017

    Hi Cathy! I am so impressed with your creation. I guess there is a lot of scrubbing once the birds leave. If only they would use litter boxes! Send more pics. I hope you are on a garden tour!

  9. Chris N 11/21/2017

    Talk about colorful! What a wonderful, creative garden. I always like to see artist's gardens because they come up with wacky ideas that work, and that I would never think of. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Sheila_Schultz 11/21/2017

    Good morning Cathy. Your creative juices must have been on fire the day you decided to turn the fallen cedar trees into your delightfully whimsical gazebo! Is the other fun installation a bar? If so, you must have the best parties in your neck of the woods, it's all just so much fun, I love it!

  11. Dvngardener 11/21/2017

    So creative!

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    Linda on Whidbey 11/21/2017

    Hi Cathy, we’re sort of neighbors so I know that you get many fallen branches with which to do your very creative artwork. Your garden looks like a great place for a party. Love all of your bright colors.

  13. greengenes 11/21/2017

    what a great example Of "I can do that!". This is beautiful! I have a lot of cedar branches around. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. user-7008421 11/21/2017

    That gazebo took a lot of time and effort! You have energy! It turned out beautifully and adds such a nice entertaining spot to your pretty garden. Great Job!

  16. user-6536305 11/21/2017

    You are a true artist and your garden is so colorful! Love your color combination and structure. Thanks for sharing!

  17. anabowers 11/21/2017

    Totally charming! What a fun space you created for any time of day or night. I especially love the chandelier and the light post. Good work!

  18. Green Thumb Joe 11/22/2017

    Wow!! That is so cool. I also live in Washington State. Renton area.

  19. BTucker9675 11/23/2017

    I would make a home in there along with the birds - lovely!!! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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