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5 Refreshing Summer Salad Recipes

5 SUMMER SALAD RECIPES FOR THE 4TH OF JULY







By Patti Plummer

Avocado Salad Recipe Red White Blue and Green Salad summerReady or not, summer is here! Pools are open and full of happy swimmers while grills are sizzling with all kinds of fabulous grilled treats.

And for the ultimate summer holiday, we have five delicious 4th of July recipes! To celebrate Independence Day, try one of these five tantalizing summer salad recipes guaranteed to be a big hit at pool parties, barbecues, and family picnics.




Red, White, Blue, AND Green Salad

Copyright © 2012, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, www.bordergrill.com


(pictured above)


Serves:
4

Ingredients
1 lb. blue or purple potatoes, about 12 small potatoes, washed, with skins on
1 pita bread, torn into 1/2-inch pieces
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 ripe Fresh California Avocados, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice
4 Persian cucumbers, halved and cut into 1/2-inch slices
3 Roma tomatoes, cored and cut into 1/2-inch dice
4 scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
4 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
4 cups arugula

Vinaigrette
2 lemons
1 tsp. freshly grated lemon zest
2 tbsp. white vinegar
Salt, to taste
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until just soft, about 10 minutes. Drain and, when cool enough to handle, peel off potato skins using your fingers or a paring knife. Cut potatoes into 1/2-inch dice and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Toss pita bread pieces with olive oil, salt and pepper and spread out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place in oven and bake for 8 minutes, or until crisp and golden. Remove from oven and set aside to cool to room temperature.

Combine potatoes, pita chips, avocados, cucumbers, tomatoes, scallions and feta cheese in a large mixing bowl.
To assemble the salad, place equal amounts of arugula on each plate and top with the potato mixture.
Add vinaigrette to taste, toss thoroughly, and serve.

Vinaigrette Instructions

Slice ends off lemons and stand upright on a cutting board. In a downward motion, cut away lemon peel and outer membrane, exposing fruit.

Working over a bowl to catch the juices, separate the lemon sections by slicing with a knife between membranes. Remove and discard seeds.

Transfer lemon segments and juices to a blender with lemon zest, vinegar, salt and pepper and combine thoroughly. With motor still running, slowly drizzle in olive oil. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. Refrigerate until ready to use.

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Recipe provided by the California Avocado Commission and created by chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger for the California Avocado Commission. Photo © Courtesy California Avocado Commission



Mediterranean Watermelon Salad


Bacon stuffed shell salad recipe summerServings: 6

Ingredients
6 cups torn mixed salad greens
3 cups cubed seeded watermelon
1/2 cup sliced onion
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 dash cracked black pepper

Directions

In large bowl, mix all ingredients except oil and pepper. Just before serving, toss salad mixture with oil. Garnish with pepper.


Recipe and photo courtesy of National Watermelon Promotion Board



Greek Spinach Salad

Developed by: Almond Board of California

Greek Spinach Salad recipe summerServes: 8


Ingredients
1 bunch spinach, washed, trimmed and crisped
1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced
2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
24 Greek olives, or as desired
3/4 cup whole natural almonds, toasted
1 cup (1/4 lb.) crumbled feta cheese
Three Herb Dressing (recipe below)

Directions

Toss all ingredients except feta cheese with Three Herb Dressing. Arrange on serving platter. Top with crumbled cheese to serve.

Three Herb Dressing
3 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. Dijon-style mustard
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. marjoram
1/4 tsp. thyme
3/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Three Herb Dressing Directions
Combine all ingredients in small bowl. Whisk until thoroughly mixed.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Almond Board of California




Bacon-Stuffed Shell Salad


Bacon stuffed shell salad recipe summerServings: 8

Ingredients
12 ounces Canadian style bacon, sliced
1 cup zucchini, shredded
1/2 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teas salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
16 conchiglioni (jumbo shells)
Romaine leaves

Directions

Cut Canadian bacon into thin strips. In a large bowl combine bacon, zucchini, red pepper and Parmesan cheese; set aside.

For dressing, combine oil, vinegar, garlic, Italian seasoning, sugar, salt and pepper. Pour dressing over bacon mixture; toss gently to mix. Cover and chill 30 minutes.

Cook conchiglioni according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Spoon about 1/4 cup of the bacon mixture into each conchiglioni. Place the shells, filled side up, in a baking dish. Cover and chill 2-4 hours. To serve, arrange romaine among salad plates. Place 2 shells atop each.

Recipe and photo courtesy of National Pork Board





Sirloin Steak and Tomato Salad



Serves: 4
Sirloin Steak Tomato Salad recipe summer


Ingredients
1 boneless beef top sirloin steak, cut 3/4 inch thick (about 1 pound)
2 medium onions, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon reduced-fat or regular balsamic vinaigrette, divided
1/2 to 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
12 cups mixed salad greens
4 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
Salt and pepper

Directions

Brush onion slices with 1 tablespoon vinaigrette; set aside. Press chile powder onto beef steak. Place steak in center of grid over medium, ash-covered coals; arrange onions around steak. Grill steak, covered, 11 to 15 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 13 to 16 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Grill onions 13 to 15 minutes or until tender, turning occasionally.

Separate onion slices into rings. Carve steak into slices. Season beef and onions with salt and pepper, as desired.

Toss salad greens with remaining 1/3 cup vinaigrette and divide among 4 salad plates. Top with tomatoes, onions and beef.


Recipe and photo courtesy of www.BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com



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6 Ways to Update Your Poolscape

Ideas for Updating Your Pool Area


Making some changes in and around your swimming pool can greatly enhance the beauty and enjoyment of your poolscape. From renovating your pool to adding a few simple features, we put together a list of ways to update your pool area this summer. Take a look at the following options and get ready to give your poolscape a whole new look.

1. Update the Pool Interior


Pool with Blue Vinyl Liner InteriorA new interior can dramatically change the look of your swimming pool. Just because summer is here doesn’t mean it’s too late to refinish your swimming pool. Resurfacing a concrete pool generally takes seven to 14 days to complete, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy your newly finished pool. If you have a vinyl-liner pool, the process is even quicker: once you decide on a new liner pattern, the old and new pool liners can be swapped out in as little as one to three days. Today’s vinyl liners include more sophisticated colors and designs, including patterns that give the look and feel of glass tiles. Many vinyl liner manufacturers offer a wide array of designs and patterns to fit any backyard theme or setting.

Taking the time to update your pool’s interior not only enhances its aesthetic appeal but can also extend its life, especially if you upgrade to a higher quality finish. For instance, aggregate finishes, which contain small river pebbles, glass beads, or quartz crystals, provide a harder and more durable pool surface than a traditional plaster (or marcite) finish and can last up to twice as long (aggregate finishes typically last 15 to 20 years compared to 10 to 15 years for plaster).

If your pool is in perfectly good shape, but you still want to update its look consider adding a simple tile border at the waterline. Glass and ceramic tiles add sparkle, light and panache to your pool. They come in an array of colors, shapes, and sizes and can be arranged in any design or pattern to fit your style needs.


Photo courtesy of Loop-Loc, Ltd.



2. Resurface the Pool Deck


Renovated Pool with Grey Concrete DeckYour pool deck plays an important part in the overall enjoyment of your pool area: it’s where you lounge in the sun between laps, relax with a good book, enjoy a refreshing snack, and entertain family and friends.

If your pool deck is in need of repair, tends to get hot from the sun, is stained, or simply doesn’t provide the look you desire, then resurfacing the area may be wise decision.

There are many options for pool deck surfaces, including concrete, stone, exposed aggregate, pavers, and even rubber flooring. While your budget and design preferences play a big role in the deck material you choose, it’s important to consider comfort and safety.


Above: Anthony & Sylvan Pools installed a new slate pattern concrete deck and paver coping to help give this pool a more modern look. See what it looked like before the renovation >>

White Coral Stone Tile Pool DeckStamped or colored concrete, inter-locking pavers, and exposed aggregate are all affordable resurfacing options, but be sure to select a lighter color as these materials absorb sunlight and can get hot very quickly. If you have a higher budget, you may want to consider natural stone decking. Natural stones such as coral and travertine are great for pool decks because they stay cool and are slip resistant.


View more photos of coral stone pool decks >>


Photo courtesy of Coral Stone USA



3. Install Pool and Landscape Lighting


Pool with aqua blue LED in-pool lightingOutdoor Lighting can dramatically improve both the look and safety of your pool area at night. For the best results, install a combination of pool and landscaping lighting. Fiber optic or LED pool lighting will illuminate your pool from within, making it a mesmerizing nighttime focal point, while landscape lighting will light up the area around the pool, making it easier and safer for you and your guests to navigate once the sun goes down.


A variety of landscape lighting techniques can help you achieve a certain look or mood for your poolscape at night. For instance, footlights placed along the perimeter of the pool will add a soft glow to the surrounding hardscape and provide the perfect amount of lighting for late night swimming. (This will also reveal any wet spots to prevent slips and falls.)

For a bit of drama, install uplights in nearby trees and shrubbery to add depth and texture or place a light fixture high in a tree and aim the light down through the branches and leaves to create a subtle moonlight effect. Torch lights are ideal for imparting a tropical ambiance; place several torch lights throughout the backyard to guide guests to the pool and dining area.

Above: This elegant poolscape becomes even more enticing at night thanks to the brilliant aqua blue LED pool lighting. Strategically placed landscape lights and fire features provide further illumination for evening entertaining.


Photo courtesy of Pentair Aquatic Systems



4. Add a Water Feature


Pool with Sheetfall Water FeatureA water feature will boost your poolscape’s allure by adding visual and acoustic delight. The sight and sound of moving water is known to have a calming effect and it can also help cover up background noise from a busy street or neighbors, making your backyard a more pleasant retreat.

A variety of water features are available to fit any style pool or outdoor space. For instance, tiered patio fountains, wall fountains, and sheetfalls (pictured at left) provide an elegant accent for formal poolscapes while planter fountains are a great complement to backyards with a Mediterranean or Japanese Garden theme. A rock waterfall is ideal if you have a tropical or lagoon-style pool. Rock waterfalls can be made with real or artificial rock to seamlessly blend with your surrounding landscape and create the look and feel of an exotic oasis.


View more relaxing spa retreats and water features from Anthony & Sylvan Pools >>




5. Plant Some New Blooms


Pool with plants around landscapeAdding plants around your pool is one of the simplest ways to breathe new life into your poolscape design. Plants will add color, interest, and shade to the pool area and establish a natural transition between the pool and its surrounding hardscape.

When landscaping around your pool, it’s important to choose plants according to their maintenance, hardiness, growing requirements, and function. For instance, some plants may not tolerate the extended exposure to sunlight and harsh swimming pool chemicals while others will litter your pool with leaves or cause damage because of their extensive root system.

Photo courtesy of Barrington Pools, Inc., a Master Pools Guild Builder;
Photography by Megan Kelly Photography

Pool with Tropical Trees and ShrubsShrubs and trees, such as Croton, Salvia, Colorado spruce, Bar Harbor juniper, and Mexican blue palm, are great for adding privacy and structure to the poolscape and require little maintenance.

Ornamental grasses are also popular poolside plants and bring tons of color and unique texture to the area. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors and can be planted in beds or along the border of the pool. Some great varieties include Zebra grass, fountaingrass, and blue fescue.



Decorative pots and planters also work well by the pool. Use them to display beautiful flowering plants, like bearded irises, cannas, and hydrangeas. Include a mix of leaf shapes, textures and colors to create an attractive, lush, and pleasant design.


Photo courtesy of Pacific Sun Pool & Spa, an Aquatech Builder



6. Add (or Replace) Poolside Furniture


Circular outdoor furniture set by the poolNew outdoor furniture can alter the look of your poolscape as well as set the tone for how you’ll enjoy the space. Today there are more choices than ever when it comes to furnishing your pool area thanks to a range of durable materials, weatherproof fabrics, and stylish designs.

One of the latest trends in outdoor furniture includes modular deep seating furniture sets that can be grouped together or arranged separately throughout the yard to create multiple seating areas. If you already have poolside furniture, you can create a new look or theme simply by re-arranging the pieces, switching out the cushions and pillows, and adding an outdoor rug.  

A line of chaise loungers next to swimming pool

When selecting and arranging furniture for your poolscape, think of how you intend to use the space. A line of lounge chairs is perfect for tanning or relaxing with friends while a dining table or conversation set is more appropriate if you do a lot of outdoor entertaining.

It’s also a good idea to invest in a patio umbrella, canopy or other shade product to keep the area cool and comfortable all day long.





Photos courtesy of Source Outdoor


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FAQ: Pool Water Care, How to Prevent Algae, Energy-Saving Tips

10 FAQ: Pool Water Care, Preventing Algae in Pools, Energy Savings & More








Pool maintenance is an important part of pool ownership. To keep your pool clean and sparkling, you have to test the water regularly and keep it clean.


We spoke to BioGuard®, one of the leading manufacturers of pool and spa products, to get their expert advice on some frequently asked questions about water care, how to prevent algae in pools, energy saving tips, and routine pool maintenance.


BioGuard family in pool lifestyle water care1. How long should I run my pool filter?

The best time to circulate the water is during the day, for 10 hours or more. Pool water must be circulated for maximum sanitizer effectiveness. The more your water is in motion, the harder it is for bacteria and algae to take hold.

2. How often should I clean or vacuum my pool?

The walls and floor should be brushed and vacuumed at least once a week to remove debris missed by the filter.


3. How often should I test the chemical levels in my pool?


Test your pool water for sanitizer and pH two or three times per week. Also, take a sample to your dealer every four to six weeks during the season. This will help you maintain proper water balance and greatly reduce the potential for problems.


4. How do I prevent algae in my pool?

BioGuard recommends the following steps to prevent algae:


- Add a weekly preventative algaecide such as BioGuard Back Up® or Smart Algicide, using the dosage recommended on the product label
- Weekly shock routine to eliminate unwanted contaminants
- Maintain a sanitizer residual in the range of 1 – 4 ppm
- Brush your pool once a week
- Maintain a filter run time of a minimum of 10 hours daily, during daylight hours, to help keep algae from adhering to surfaces and beginning to grow.


5. I have algae in my pool currently. How do I get rid of it?

While it is always easier to prevent algae than to treat an algae problem, using an EPA registered algicide, such as BioGuard Banish, along with shocking the pool can be very effective at killing algae. An often overlooked element to treating and preventing algae is ensuring the filtration and circulation system are running effectively. Addressing these areas of pool care will help solve your existing issue, as well as help prevent future algae problems.

6. How often should I backwash my sand or D.E. filter?

Generally, a sand or D.E. filter should be backwashed when the water pressure in the filter reaches 8 to 10 psi above normal (check manufacturer's guidelines). Because backwashing does not remove oils and deeply embedded debris, every filter needs to be chemically cleaned regularly (twice a season) using BioGuard Strip Kwik® and Kleen It®.


BioGuard pool lifestyle water care7. How often should I clean my cartridge filter?


If a pressure gauge is installed, you can follow the same guidelines that you follow for a sand or D.E. filter. You should remove and flush the cartridge with a strong spray of water when the operating pressure is 8 - 10 psi above normal or “clean” operating pressure.

If no pressure gauge is installed, you should remove and rinse the cartridge when you see a noticeable decline in the pressure of the water being returned to the pool through your jets.

As stated above, cartridge filters also need to be chemically cleaned at least twice a season to ensure the buildup of oils and debris is effectively removed.

8. What conditions might require a chlorine shock treatment? How long after shocking is the pool water safe to swim in?

Shocking the pool is a vital and often overlooked part of weekly pool care and maintenance. In addition to weekly maintenance to help keep the pool clean and clear, shocking is also great for troubleshooting problems such as cloudy water, low chlorine residual, and algae. Chlorine shock treatment is always a necessary component to treat chlorine demand.

Swimming can resume when the chlorine residual is 1 – 4 parts per million. The amount of time it takes for chlorine to drop to the acceptable level after shocking varies in different pools.

9. How should pool chemicals be stored?

Here are some general storage guidelines for pool chemicals:

- Store chemicals in a cool, dry, well-ventilated space.
- Keep chemicals away from heaters or open flames.
- Store chemicals on shelves or pallets whenever possible, but particularly anytime water is used for cleanup of floors; use caution during cleaning to avoid wetting of any dry chemicals.
- Store chemicals away from doors and windows.
- Do not store pool chemicals with incompatible or flammable materials, such as gasoline, oil, grease, fertilizer, herbicides, paint, solvents (for example, turpentine), oily rags, and alcohol.
- No smoking in storage areas or when handling chemicals.

10. What are some energy-saving tips for my pool?

Covering your pool can make a big difference in energy efficiency and maintenance cost. A covered pool will stay warmer than an uncovered pool, reducing heating costs when using a heater to warm the water. Covering the pool also decreases evaporation, which decreases the amount of new water you have to put in the pool. Saving water saves valuable energy and resources.

Pool covers also keep out dirt and debris, reducing the work done by the pump and filter. Less debris leads to shorter pump run times and increasing energy efficiency. Coupled with that, proper pool maintenance helps keep water clean and clear, also reducing the amount of filtration needed to maintain water clarity. In addition, make sure your pump and filter are properly sized and in good working order. This will maximize efficiency when they are running.


Photos courtesy of BioGuard; photography by Dale Peterson



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How to Landscape Around a Pool

6 Tips for Adding Plants Around Your Pool

Guest Post by Terry Carter

Freeform Pool with Natural LandscapingLandscaping around a pool adds shade, beauty, and privacy and helps blend the swimming pool with the natural environment. There are many factors to consider when adding plants around a pool to ensure that the pool and surrounding landscape remain clean, easy to maintain, and safe for swimmers.

Keep the following tips in mind when landscaping around your pool.

1. Keep Messy Plants Away From the Pool Area


Plants that constantly shed needles or flowers will cause you more work than enjoyment because you’ll continually have to skim the debris out of the pool. Deciduous trees, fruit-bearing shrubs, and plants like Impatiens that drop a substantial amount of flowers should be avoided or planted as far away from the pool as possible.


2. Avoid Plants with Long Root Systems


If you are landscaping your pool with seedlings or young plants, it is easy to not consider the future size of the plants. However, it is essential to your pool’s well-being that you avoid plants that have long root systems. As the plant grows, the roots, of course, will grow with it and they can cause considerable damage over the years.

Large trees such as oak and elm or invasive plants like bamboo can break through the concrete surrounding the pool or even poke through the structure itself. This will be a hard (and expensive) problem to correct, so it is wise to avoid it from the beginning. A good rule of thumb is to keep trees at least 10 feet from the pool, but it is best to consult with a landscape professional as some trees have larger root systems than others.


3. Plant Thirsty Flower Beds on Borders

Pool Landscape Design with Bordering Flower Beds

Water-loving flowers require the use of organic mulches, such as pine bark or needles, to help retain moisture and nutrients in the soil; however, these materials are lightweight and can easily be picked up by the wind and blown into the pool. To avoid this dilemma, keep thirsty plants in beds along the border of your yard.

To add beauty and texture poolside, use drought-resistant plants like succulents, lantanas and junipers. These plants can be planted in beds closer to the pool and topped with stones or gravel instead of mulch to create a finished look.


4. Utilize Evergreen Plants


Even though your flowering or deciduous trees have to stay away from the pool area, you can still have plant life nearby. Take advantage of evergreen plants, like boxwoods or cypresses. These can be maintained to fit the style of your outdoor space and will not lose their leaves into your pool.


5. Use Potted Plants Close to the Pool


Pool with Potted PlantsPotted plants are an easy way to bring some natural life onto the concrete area surrounding a pool. Planters are available in a wide range of colors, materials, sizes and shapes so it’s easy to find containers that match your pool and landscape design. In addition, potted plants can be moved around to best fit your needs and the time of the year.

To ensure safety, place planters in areas around the pool where they can be seen but do not block your view of swimmers. Also, choose pots and planters that are heavy enough not to be blown over into the pool or knocked down by passersby.


6. Be Careful of Thorns and Bee Magnets

It is best to locate any thorny plants like roses and hollies away from the pool area because swimmers can brush up against their prickly surface or step on fallen thorns when accessing the pool area. Plants that attract bees—which include Larkspur, Delphinium, Queen Anne’s lace, and many types of salvia—should also be kept away from the pool to avoid the risk of swimmers getting stung. This is especially important if you have children or guests with a bee allergy.



About the Author: Terry Carter writes about landscaping for Grandview Landscape and Masonry, a company specializing in gardening and inground pools.

Photos courtesy of Anthony & Sylvan Pools


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2013 Aquatech Award-Winning Pools Photos

Photo Gallery of Over 100 Award-Winning Pools







Baker Pools Aquatech pool waterfalls firebowls gazebo lounge chairsEvery year, Aquatech, a national society of pool builders, recognizes some of the greatest pool designs throughout the U.S. with its annual Awards of Distinction. These pools, spas, and water features represent some of the most beautiful designs across the country.

Whether you’re planning to build a new pool or update your existing pool, this photo gallery will give you some great ideas.

 

Check out the award-winning pools photo gallery to see over 100 amazing swimming pools >>


Above: This stunning pool includes three sheer-descent waterfalls, two blazing fire bowls, and a separate geometric spa with two fountain bubblers. The gazebo at the far end includes a wall-mounted outdoor TV, fireplace, and loveseat, perfect for relaxing and entertaining.

 

Photo courtesy of Aquatech; Baker Pools, Jenks, OK

6 Outdoor Art Pieces for Your Backyard

6 Unique Garden Art Pieces




By Patti Plummer

Garden art is designed to enhance a home and outdoor setting’s overall appearance. Yard art primarily includes items that are placed around outdoor spaces and swimming pools. Statuary and fountains are primary examples of garden art, but it can also include other beautiful items that serve a more functional purpose like outdoor rugs, bird baths, ceiling fans, and planters. Keep that in mind when doing yard work: take every opportunity to beautify your home and property!

Here are a few products to consider for your backyard:

Recycled Bottle Seahorse hanging ornament garden artGlass Confetti Hummingbird Bird Feeder garden art

1. Recycled Bottle Seahorse

(Left:) Made from recycled glass bottles and used wire and tin, this hanging seahorse figurine is the perfect accent for decks, patios, or anywhere an at-the-beach theme is desired. Not only beautiful, the hanging ornament is durable and is able to handle all types of weather and conditions. $24.95

Photo courtesy of Wind and Weather

2. Glass Confetti Hummingbird Feeder

(Right:) A kaleidoscope of color attracts hummingbirds and humans alike! Made of recycled glass, each hand-blown bird feeder varies in hue and tone. Includes a dripless stopper in antique brass and a hook for hanging. 12 inches long. $40

Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods



Wind Spinner antique copper garden artSoundscapes Decorative Wind Harp garden art

3. Spoon Wind Spinner with Glowing Solar Glass Globe

(Left:) This grown-up version of the childhood pinwheel is designed to capture the wind and use that energy to gently rock and rotate for a delightful display. Crafted of metal with a weather-resistant antique copper finish, the spinner also features a solar-powered globe that glows after dark. 45 inches high. $49.95

Photo courtesy of Wind and Weather

4. Decorative Wind Harp - Klarion Call II

(Right:) Custom-made, this elegant wind harp creates celestial music at the touch of every passing breeze. Composed of aluminum and steel, it features nine strings, a hard-wearing base for easy installation, and is finished in a powder coating for durability. With base, 9.5 feet tall. Call for pricing

Photo courtesy of Ross Barrable, Soundscapes International



Campania Water Garden Frog Statue garden artUncommon Goods Wall Sundial

5. Longwood Italian Water Garden Frog

(Left:) Ideal for backyard ponds as well as flower gardens and other outdoor spaces, this garden art is based on an original found at the renowned Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. Made of cast stone with a Greystone finish, this piece stands 12 inches by 17 inches. Visit Campania's retailer locator to discover which nationwide garden centers carry it.

Photo courtesy of Campania International

6. Wall Sundial

(Right:) As the sun moves over the sky, this handmade and weatherproof sundial reports each passing hour. Hand-fashioned from stoneware and finished with a lead-free glaze and copper, it is not only functional but it is also a charming accessory to any outdoor décor—even on a cloudy day! 11 inches long. $50

Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods



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