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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

You know how, when you visit a lot of cities in the past few yeras, many of them seem to have those painted cows? Well, a few weeks ago I stopped in at the Jenkins Arboretum in Devon, Pennsylvania, on a whim (where I discovered that the time to visit is in spring, when their HUGE collection of rhododendrons and azaleas is blooming), and I found these painted watering cans! I think this is a much more interesting campaign, don’t you? Watering cans everywhere! The elephant is by far my favorite. If you were to paint one, what would you do?

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
2 WAYS TO ENLARGE!Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window.
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
2 WAYS TO ENLARGE!Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window.
Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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  1. tractor1 11/04/2011

    Of course the elephant would be the favorite... watering can envy! LOL

  2. ncgardener 11/04/2011

    I live in New Bern and we do the same thing only with Bears. I love the watering cans though. They are gorgeous!

  3. Deanneart 11/04/2011

    Those are all great! what a clever idea and so well executed. Do you know if the watering cans are metal or plastic? I'd have to be totally predictible and paint flowers on it! LOL In fact I might just do that as this type of painting is actually my 'day job'. LOL

  4. pattyspencer 11/04/2011

    Love them! I was thinking they may be ceramic but if they were they would be very heavy as they look quite large - over 3 feet and I don't know where you can buy plastic or metal ones that size. Altho you can probably adapt the painting to the smaller sized ones. I think my favorite is the purple/yellow fall looking one.

  5. Peg_McCann 11/04/2011

    Our town, St. Joseph, Michigan, has done a different theme each year for gosh, maybe 10 years--farm animals, cars, boats (we are on Lake Michigan), etc.--but not yet flowerpots. Local artists decorate them, and at the end of the year they are auctioned off. It's great fun and the kids love them, as all can be touched and some can be climbed in.

  6. maniac4travel 11/04/2011

    I live in Beaverton, Oregon and we do the same thing with
    fish (salmon). I did one for my children's school. I don't know where they were purchased but they are some composition; not plastic or metal or ceramic. I like them all but especially the elephant.

  7. houseplantguru 11/04/2011

    Here in the metro Detroit area, we had decorated tigers. The watering cans are great, especially the elephant. What a great idea for a botanical garden.

  8. boards 11/04/2011

    So will someone please tell us where to buy one of these wonders. I have vowed to Not add anymore plants to my garden in 2012. A giant watering can? Perfect.
    Gloria

  9. ladynblu 11/10/2011

    Hmmmm! Now how will I paint my plain aluminum water bucket? Wonderful idea! Maybe purple, like many of our flowers, except, what can I do to make it distinctive?

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