Using toilets as planters prove practical

Using toilets as planters prove practical

by Ellen Goff

Some may call it whimsy, or eccentricity - even humorous bad taste. Regardless of your opinion, there's something about using a toilet for a garden planter that moves people. "I didn't know what to do with my old toilet," says Steve Nunn from Rock Hill, S.C.

After receiving a new commode for Christmas, he muscled the old fixture out the back door, where it remained all winter. "When spring arrived, I had to make a decision - move it or use it," he says. Responding to the private nature of the vessel, Steve left it in his backyard where he can enjoy his potted petunia creation all summer long.

The garden designers at Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans seized a teaching opportunity by using their spare fixtures in the children's Discovery Garden. Featured among the hands-on exhibits for composting, worm bins and vegetable gardening, these toilet planters are a part of the "recycled garden." Sprouting sprigs of coleus and gladiolus, the toilets are a perfect symbol for the green motto of reduce, reuse and recycle.

Ellen Goff is a freelance horticulture writer and photographer. She is passionate about plants, water quality and protecting the environment. Aside from working with words and pictures, she's stays busy with her home landscape and its inhabitants along the shores of Lake Wylie, S.C.


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