A Visit to The Detroit Garden Works

I recently visited the beautiful Detroit Garden Works. A garden shop of distinction, with beautiful sculpture, wonderful plant combinations and tons of amazing treats for a passionate gardner to drool over.

Here are a few photos from my visit:

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These large concrete fruits greet you as you pass through the gate. They would look so cool in my garden!

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Below is Deborah’s dog, Milo. Read a post from Deborah’s blog about him here.

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Deborah’s dog, Milo, relaxing at the shop.

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So many beautiful antique urns to choose from. Some are French antiques.

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Strawberries and grapes – growing together in the same pot.

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Me and Milo

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I brought one of these cool garden stakes home with me!

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Milo again – he’s quite the personality.

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I’ll take one of each please

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A fountain covered in baby tears plant

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I love how the plants complement each other in this planter.














I even had the opportunity to meet the owner Deborah Silver. The shop lives up to its tagline: Where Passionate Gardeners come to shop!

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Frozen Watercolor

Watercolor on paper placed outside in freezing temperatures while still wet- ice crystals form and remain in the paint.

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“Frozen Landscape I” by Judy Beck Lobos


"Frozen Landscape II" by Judy Beck Lobos

“Frozen Landscape II” by Judy Beck Lobos


"Frozen Landscape III" by Judy Beck Lobos

Frozen Landscape III by Judy Beck Lobos



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Priscilla’s Book

I was excited when several years ago, a woman I didn’t know, contacted me about including one of my sketches, Autumn Tree, in a book she was writing. Priscilla Vernier is her name and her book, Notes ‘n Quotes, has just been published.

Congratulations Priscilla!

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This awesome book can be read up, down, across, forward and backward!

Priscilla writes:

“Discover The Playful Art…of word symmetry.

Allow….your imagination to freely travel.

Read…. between the lines bouncing across the page.

As Well As….down each page occasionally arriving with more than one message.”

It’s a wonderfully unique book and makes a thoughtful gift.

If you’d like to purchase a book, please contact Priscilla by email at <priscillaverner@comcast.net> or on her Facebook page.




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Wild Twig Birdnest

One of my wild giant twig bird’s nest purchased by Lulubelle Photography.  Here are a few of her VERY special photographs!

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Painting outside this past weekend – It’s summer and it’s hot!  But, it sure feels great to be out in the fresh air.  Lots of bugs everywhere though — I painted some just for the practice and I filled the page.

(SOLD) “Bug Collection” 15 x 23 inches watercolor by Judy Beck Lobos

Here’s another with a few vegetables thrown in…

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The Little Chair

Pull up a chair and join me in the garden. 

The “Native Plants in the Landscape” conference at Millersville University offered a workshop taught by Landscape architect David Hughes. He taught us how to create miniature chairs made with invasive trees and plants gathered from the woods.

I wasn’t speedy enough to complete my chair during the workshop, so I took it home in pieces. I finally completed the project.

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Mr. Gray with The Little Chair

I split long, leathery yucca leaves into long strips and wove them to create the seat. The yucca leaves are flexible and strong.

“Garden fairies come at dawn,
Bless the flowers then they’re gone.”
~Author Unknown

Now they will have a chair to sit upon!


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“What greater gift than the love of a cat.”  Charles Dickens

This is my sketch of Blossom.

I’m checking in on her while her owners are away.  She is a sweet, small, very soft kitty.

She usually greets me as I get out of my car.  We go inside and fill her food and water. Then we spend time together sitting on the front porch listening to the birds.

Blossom lives a good life.  She can come inside or go outside as she pleases through a cat door. Outside are lovely gardens, patios, a pond, woods and a large barn.  Could a cat ask for more?

When I leave, she sits and watches me from the path with her one paw raised, just like Lassie did at the end of the show.  Did you watch Lassie?  Remember the end when the credits rolled?  Is that sweet or what.

Please leave a comment and tell me about one of your favorite animals!

Blossom doing her 'Lassie Impression"!

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Japanese Brush Painting Class

I’m teaching a Japanese Brush Painting Class.  These are the works of my students.

The class is really “getting it” and it is exciting to see.  This week we studied the “Plum Blossom”.

As a “friend of winter,” the plum blossom most vividly represents the value of endurance. In the midst of winter, before snow melts and the swallow returns, plum trees blossom onto the barren landscape, bracing the harshness of winter and reminding us that spring will come. Celebrated here is the vitality of life, endurance through hardship, and hope that life will regenerate.

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Sketches on Hand-Made Paper

I painted these sketches on hand-made paper for a friend.  She is making a book for a gift and wanted a sketch for the cover. It was really fun to paint with watercolor and ink on this paper– it’s got such a nice texture to it and the paint and ink soaked right into it –in a nice way.


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October the Kitten

This sweet little kitten has appeared in my garden.  She’s been here for about 2 weeks now.  She’s very fun-loving– plays with the leaves on my back porch and tries to make friends with other neighborhood cats.  She’s been shy at first, but now comes up to my feet to play when I flip a feather or leaf back and forth.

Update Feb 2012 –I’ve been feeding her kitten food so she’s very healthy.  She’s been to the vet, has been spayed and she will let me pet her now.  A very happy playful kitten!

Anyone out there interested in adopting a new friend?

Update March 2012–She’s been adopted!!!!!!  ’October’, the little kitten that lived in our yard for the 3rd through 8th month of her life, is now living with her new family.  A friend of one of my co-workers adopted her — They’ve renamed her “Callie O” (O for October!)  she’s doing well and enjoying the company of Pepper, her 2 year old kitty sister!  I am totally thrilled!!!!  THANK GOD FOR FRIENDS!!!

 Below:  Callie O (formerly known as October) with her new sister Pepper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

….Getting comfortable on the sofa!

Callie O, all grown up! 2013 photo.

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Best Buds! Callie O (October) and Pepper

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