Garden Art: Pottery People

By: Mike Darcy

Clay Pot Person - Mike Darcy
As I visit other gardens this summer, I am, of course, interested to see what plants they are growing, but I also like looking for garden art. I think garden art can often reflect something of the personality of the gardener. Whether it is whimsical, serious or perhaps something that has a special memory for the gardener, it is enjoyable to see what people have and how they have it displayed. When I saw this “pottery person”, it made me smile. This would be easy to make and with many variations, not only in the design but also in what is planted on top.

About Mike Darcy

It might be helpful to know a little bit about me so here is a brief summary. I live and garden in a suburb of Portland, Oregon and have lived here since 1969. I grew in up Tucson, Arizona where I worked at a small retail nursery during my high school and college years. My ‘formal’ education was from the University of Arizona where I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture. I use the word ‘formal’ because while the classes were valuable, I greatly value the experience I have gotten ‘in the field’. It is hard to beat the ‘hands on’ experience of actually gardening, visiting gardens, and sharing information with other gardeners. I have been involved with some aspect of gardening throughout my adult life. I have done television gardening shows in Portland and currently do a Portland garden radio talk show on Saturday mornings from 9am-noon (KXL radio) and this spring will be my 29th anniversary. To be connected to the gardening industry is a bonus in life. I have found gardeners to be among the friendliest and most caring and generous people I know, and consequently many of my friends are those I have met through gardening.