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CBJ's Lure 3.2018

Planning for Garden Art

Planning for Garden Art Incorporating art into a garden or landscape should be fun. Ryan’s customers are a testament to that. “One customer has a large yard that is broken into themes. One part consists of barnyard animals with a windmill, cow and pig and another part contains my metal insects,” he explains. “In Anamosa, I designed a custom abstract piece to fit in with the natural lines in the customer’s yard. It needed to fit physically and with the style of their yard.” At Robbie’s country home in Clinton County, feeders and birdhouses hang off a crossbar and an old wagon. Tree limbs, shepherd’s hooks and deck railings would work, too. “I hang them all over my yard, and I do different types of birdhouses and feeders so they can be in different places,” Robbie said. Her customers stick teacup feeders in flower gardens and borders. Some use them near their fire pits to hold citronella candles. | Top: A pig created from scrap metal by Ryan Halbur of Iowa Creations. Left and page 35: Clarissa Osborne of Outside the Box in Belle Plaine makes birdfeeders out of everything from basins and bowls to china and crystal. PHOTOS CLARISSA OSBORNE 34 LURE SPRING 2018

Step into a world of Flooring Possibilities Visit our showroom to see the latest styles and designs in Tile, Carpet, Hardwood, Luxury Vinyl, Area Rugs & Window Fashions! Garden Art Care n Let metal rust or clear coat it to prevent rusting n Clean out birdhouses early every spring n Glass/ceramic may last longer if brought in for the winter n Wash glass/ceramic items occasionally n Coat painted metal items with lacquer once a year 319-337-4054 • 600 HIGHWAY 1 W • IOWA CITY Showroom Hours: Mon & Thu 9-7 • Tue, Wed and Fri 9-5 • Sat 9-3 Builders of Quality Custom Homes Celebrating 20 years in business Proud Partners of Iowa City HBA Kevin McCreedy & Tim Ruth 319.648.2166 LURE SPRING 2018 35