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What we loved: One other idea from Susan Martin's garden was her clever use of old wagon wheels and gears as an artsy fence. It made us want to head straight to the antiques shops.
DIY: Look for old wheels at flea markets and antiques shops. Bury the largest about one-third in the ground. Add smaller wheels alongside, partially burying them or tying them together with heavy wire to hold them in place. Support the structure from behind with pieces of rebar (available at hardware stores) stuck firmly into the ground. (Handling rusty garden art? Make sure your tetanus shot is up to date.)
Go see for yourself: Check out Martin's garden and five others on the Open Lands of Orland Park garden walk , Sunday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 day of event; tickets include bus transportation. Call: 708-403-6145.
June 12, 2008