California Report 2

Here is Report # 2 about garden related memories of my California visit.

My youngest daughter who lives in San Diego is an art teacher K-8 at a charter school there. From her earliest days Mary Shannon has been a collector of “stuff” to use in her craft projects. I was struck during our visit with how she is still using things that you and I might throw away to make interesting and creative objects, not only to teach her students but to create items for home use. In this case I want to share with you two hangings she created for the walls in her back garden.


The first is a whimsical tree made entirely of plastic lids, bottle and aerosol can caps, and tops of different colored magic markers.


In her second hanging I see a flower made of the same materials in a more stylized pattern, a reflection of the amazing geometric organization we see in the detail of many of our favorite flowers. None of these objects has been painted; the colors are the ones they came with.

As a proud father, I know I am prejudiced, so you must forgive me for suggesting that she is a craft genius. I was delighted to see her use of throw-away materials to make wall hangings that add a touch of creativity and inspiration to her garden.

I noticed a collection of paper towel and bath tissue tubes in her garage; I can’t wait to see what she is going to do with them.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.
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6 Responses to California Report 2

  1. Elizabeth Cunius says:

    She’s a crafty one!


  2. What a talent MS has! I love both these pieces. Imagine being able to ‘see’ this end result from bits of this and that. Her garden is lucky to have these works of art to enhance the scene. VERY COOL


  3. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Stepheny. I delight in thinking about what she is passing along to her students (and my granddaughter).


  4. Noell Schepp says:

    The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree. You are a garden genius and it follows she is an art genius. They are truly interrelated.


  5. johnvic8 says:

    You are much too kind. Thank you, Noell


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