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Getting a head in the garden


Found in the Plantentuin, a small, historic botanical garden in the heart of Antwerp, Belgium. In 1825, the vegetables in the hospital garden had to make room to cultivate plants useful for the biology classes in the medicine college & hospital next door. It’s a small quiet oasis in the heart of a busy city’s busy commercial area.

I have a long-time garden blog, a popular garden on America's largest garden tour, and have co-written a book on garden design titled, "Buffalo-Style Gardens: Create a Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Private Garden with Eye-Catching Designs" When I'm not doing all that, I am an advertising designer always out looking to design things to promote your business. Look me up at #jcharlier.

11 comments on “Getting a head in the garden

  1. that is so cool. another great idea for the books.

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  2. I love creativity. I like the illusion, is he sinking down or popping up?!

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  3. Love it! By the way, I’ve got something for you over in my blog.

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  4. I love gardens with a sense of humor!!

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  5. Anonymous

    I get it. A HEAD in the garden. Not just one but several…all sinking into the underworld. This has got to be one of the coolest, funkiest, quirkiest garden art displays I’ve seen. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  6. flowrgirl1,All you need is some bodies to bury…Sheila,That’s what I thought when I saw it. Though I was in Antwerp, and I said that a lot.Catherine,Me thinks he’s sinking, assuming he’s walking forward. Not sure a body being buried is the right sculpture to put in a garden next to a hospital, but who am I to judge.Pam, Thanks for your awards. I am truly humbled that you like me, you really like me!Fern,Plants grow better if the garden has a sense of humor. Sprinkle the wit liberally throughout the garden and soon you’ll have super healthy plants.Grace,Yeah, I know, dorky headline. I go for the easy pun. I’m no writer, and it shows. Complexity I shun.

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  7. I like it (I think)! Great photos … enjoyed my visit (curious to see who proposed to Cameron 🙂

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  8. Very cool indeed Jim! A bit ‘eerie’ too…I definitely would be uncomfortable with this in my own garden…but, it’s certainly ‘different’! I’m not sure whether it’s supposed to be growing or dying…but I suppose it could be both, as in, ‘the circle of life’, hmm. it’s intriguing, to say the least!

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  9. Anonymous

    ooh, love it!!

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  10. joey, Jan, Anne,it’s kinda’ creepy. I may design something like this for my headdstone – it’s a head turner!

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