Friday, June 4, 2010

Upcoming CNY Event- Garden Gallery Show


I know that not many of you may live in this area, but if you do, or know someone who does, this event is a must do if you are able to make a trip to Rochester, New York.  I plan to take the day off work next Friday to attend and would love to meet up with anyone who can go.  Let me know and we can make arrangements. 

Garden Gallery 2010

I first heard of this show when I frequented the HGTV Trash to Treasure Forum a couple years ago.  One of the contributors, Sandysez, submitted some great garden projects and then told us about this sale she and her friend Bobbi have every year in Bobbi’s garden.  It just so happened that it was only an hour away from where I live!  I contacted Sandy and got directions and proceeded to go to the show.

Folks, this is not your typical Garden Show!  It is not a sale of plants, which is what you might think.  If you are into trash to treasure and/or Garden Junk, you simply have got to see what these ladies do!




Can you say……. Magical?

That is the only way I can describe the experience.

The setting was a beautiful garden and it was filled with every imaginable kind of outdoor decor, and some I had never imagined possible.  My mouth hung open the entire time, and I must have had the silliest grin on my face as I walked around that yard trying to take it all in.  Trying to remember each and every unique detail.  It was impossible.

Everything was beautifully staged in that enclosed garden, I so wish I had pictures of that setting to show you.  These 2 girls have serious design skills, let me tell you.

Do you like birdhouses?  Well there were birdhouses, all different kinds.   Mosaic tiled houses,  rustic, whimsical, you imagine it and it was there.  Each one was cuter than the last and totally unique.  The details were just incredible.

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shutter birdhouse by sandysez

sandysez birdhouse wall mount

sandysez birdhouse rustic wall mount

They also had birdbaths,


garden chairs (each with their own unique theme), teacup birdfeeders, plate flowers,  trellises,

trellis birdhouse sandysez



sandy sez grate bench


    birdhouse planter sandysez    

and fountains.  There was even an old metal industrial mop bucket and wringer transformed into a fountain. I would have bought it but somebody got to it before me!

I wandered that yard for at least 2 hours Ooo-ing and Ahh-ing over everything.  Trying to choose just one thing to buy, but it was too difficult to choose just one.  I wanted it all!

During all this time stuff was disappearing quickly, as the sales were brisk.  They had the best system worked out.  All you have to do is indicate to one of the many helpers that you want an item, they tag it with your name and whisk it away to the “check-out” area to await your departure. 

I’ve asked Sandy for some pictures of current items and she plans to send them, but as you can imagine they are swamped with preparations for this event.  In the meantime the pictures I’ve shown are a few of their pieces that she posted on the HGTV T2T Forum.  I made sure to save them to my inspiration folder at the time.

I did finally settle on 2 pieces to bring home with me that day.

I love scales, so this little hand painted piece that they had hanging from a tree branch just charmed me to death. 

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I have it hanging in my sun porch.  It’s perfect there.  Check out the old door handle I used to hang it from!

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This birdbath made from an old metal ash tray stand was so darn cute!  I fell in love with the design on the bowl that they glued to it.  They even notched the bowl around the handles and used sealant all around the edges.  Their workmanship is amazing.

If you get the chance to stop by, be sure to tell Sandy I sent you.  She is so gracious and friendly.  She spent some time chatting with me that day, even though she was obviously very busy!  She even offered to show me her workshop sometime.  I can’t wait to take her up on that.  Hmmm, I may just have some junk around here to share with her……

I can’t wait until next Friday to see what new creations they have come up with for this year.  Sadly, I wasn’t able to attend the last show.  It just about killed me not to be able to go.

This time around I will bring my camera and ask if I can take pictures to share with all of you.  I wish these ladies would start a blog with all their great ideas, I know I would love it.  In the meantime I just have to be content with their annual garden sale.

Gotta go now, it’s trash day somewhere….




  1. Good morning Rose,
    I would LOVE to go ~ but probably can't. My husband will more than likely have the car that day & we only have one vehicle. I've never heard of this show. WOW!!

    I'm about an hour away, also. Where do you live? I'm in Pavilion.

    This is going to be stuck in my mind now. I just have to figure out a way to go!!

  2. Take LOTS of pics to share with us!! Have fun!! (I'm so jealous!)

  3. I think Maine is a little too far to travel, but it would have been fun to meet you.

  4. Rose what an awesome sale! If I didn't live like a bazillion miles away I would so hope in the car and be there! Thanks for the photos they are inspiring me to re-look at some of my treasures to create more outdoor beauty. Love the bird bath!

  5. Oh my gosh!!! I would so love to go to that show. I can't wait to see what you buy and the pictures you take. My mouth is drooling over that birdbath. Love the scale too.

  6. I love the Franciscan ware plate - desert Rose that they used in that last picture.

    Yes you sure increased the amount of beauty in the world.

  7. I gotta have one of those birdbaths. Those are great!

  8. Ohhh, wish I could go. I graduated from RIT/NTID in Rochester. I have not been back there since 1987! I, now, only live about 6 hours from there.

    I REALLY, REALLY wish I could go!

    This garden show sounds just my kind of thing! Do they have it every year? If so, perhaps I can start planning ahead of time next time?

    Have fun! Take loads of pictures, please!

  9. Hi. This is Sandy's friend Bobbi. -I finally had to sign on and comment---Thanks so much for spreading the word about our show. We have been going crazy with last minute prep and have tons of new things and old designs as well. ( if you liked that wash bucket before, wait til you see this new one. It's a little water garden with a planter) Our reputation has grown so much that when people are cleaning out they call us first or sometimes just leave junk in our driveway---yeah!!! It is so much fun imagining new creative uses for old stuff. Thanks again and I look forward to seeing you next week.

  10. rose, I remember sandy from the hgtv boards! I loved her stuff. I'm partial to birdhouses, so I have to say I love, love, love those! I really need to make a birdhouse. Never have, have you?
    I read this post when you posted it, but I was talking to you on the phone, so I didn't comment. I just realized that I needed to leave a comment. ;)
    I'm glad you're spreading the word. Wish I could go with you!


  11. What an awesome array of goodies!! Wish I could go...lucky you!


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