The Garden As Gallery


As stated recently in a NY Times article, Baltimore is full of artists.  In recent years, works are making their way onto the streets and into yards and gardens.  Below are some examples of gardens as galleries, just around the corner from my home.


Tinge Commons is a newly opened community garden and public art space.  I would love to see these trees mingled in a natural landscape, but after speaking to the artist, I discovered that the trees were not originally intended to be outside.  -How cool it would be though, if they were made to endure and interspersed between other trees and flowers.


Here is a Hampden neighborhood resident’s version of the famed Spiral Jetty.  Just as Smithson used the site’s own materials to create his public work, so too, it seems, has this resident in their garden sculpture.


With this Hampden topiary, the art is the garden and the garden is the art.  The two are inseparable (some may say).


Remington has this literal take on a beer garden and I like beer.


Back in Hampden, a great tire planter sits in front of one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants, Holy Frijoles.  This planter transcends the tire and is a great example of upcycled art.  To make a tire planter, CLICK HERE for a link.


One of the best places to buy potential garden art is Baltimore Clayworks, a ceramic art center.  This commanding fountain resides in front of the building that houses classrooms and artist studios.


Across the street, in front of the gallery, my favorite local garden art piece resides.  Often art in the garden is an afterthought and could be more carefully considered.  Either the garden is around the art or the art is around the garden and neither is carefully integrated.  -But here the ‘dog’ convincingly emerges from the bushes.

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  1. There are no limits to artists’imagination! Beer garden? I’d never think of that!

  2. Joel, A fun post. Glad to find you on Blotanical. I’ve always wanted to spend time in Baltimore, but haven’t had the chance yet! Cheers, Alice

  3. Thanks for the tour. I’m pushing my own boundaries and thinking more seriously about garden art these days. You’re lucky to have these in your neighbourhood.

  4. Hi Joel, What fun garden art and it all fits in perfectly. My eye was drawn to the bottle edging right away. I also love the dog. Not so much on the trees though. Can I post a link to this post on my blog due to the bottles?

  5. Peak Hypno effect reached – must pick post.

    I’d like to get a better look at that fountain. I think it’s a bit overbearing but interesting.

  6. Yes, I keep meaning to take photos of beautiful Hampden yards! Have you seen the house on 37th St. (between Elm and Chestnut). It’s a jungle out front, with cactus in pots all along the roof! Stunning.

    I’ll definitely be tweeting a link to your article as soon as Twitter stops crashing 🙂

  7. love the beer garden, and the fountain is very cool. I’ve been meaning to make a raised spiral bed as well. Maybe a spring time project.

  8. I really enjoyed these photos. I especially like those colored trees – do you know what was used to color them? And someone even managed to get a tire to look like terra cotta??!!

    I did a small bed edged in bottles this year – not as easy to install as you’d think!

    • I am sorry, I do not know the coloring method for the trees. Next to the image though, there is a link to the Tinges Commons blog. They might be able to help.

      Thanks for all the comments!

  9. Just wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog. I love the pre-Columbian tire planter.

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