Bathroom fixtures find new life outdoors

Bathroom fixtures find new life outdoors

by Jacqueline Soule

When presented with the task of finding bathroom fixtures utilized in the landscape, I only had to walk into my own backyard in Tucson, Ariz. I have a 1940s bathroom sink, which came out of my home during a remodel, and a cabinet, which I use as a potting and storage bench. It works well for mixing and moistening potting blends and saves my aching back from hours hunched over a wheelbarrow of potting soil. Excess water or rain goes down the drainpipe into a graveled area beneath the sink.

I also showcase a living sculpture made of antique sinks. Three cast-iron sinks mounted on cast-iron pipe are set on a concrete pad inlaid with countless sparkling black glass beads. The sinks were recycled from curbside bulky trash pickup and are planted with seasonal annuals for year-round color. I found inspiration for my creation in the works of abstract artist Robert M. Fisher, who recombined everyday objects into pieces of art.

Jacqueline A. Soule, Ph.D. is a botanist, writer and educator. A member of the Garden Writers Association, she writes gardening columns for a number of newspapers throughout the Southwest. A self-avowed "Darwinistic" gardener, Jacqueline prefers plants that need as little care as possible while providing color, texture and movement in the landscape.


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Photo courtesy of Jacqueline A. Soule – By adding earthen berms, rain runoff is slowed and encouraged to sink into the soil around plants that need water rather than running off into the street.
Photo courtesy of Jacqueline A. Soule – By adding earthen berms, rain runoff is slowed and encouraged to sink into the soil around plants that need water rather than running off into the street.

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