Garden Chalkboards

Did I mention that its April vacation week?  Can you hear the strain in my voice?  Yes, its a lot harder to lead my normal life while also keeping an 8 year old and a 5 year old constructively entertained.

This morning after they got their hair cut, we stopped by a new place I recently discovered.  Gallery 56 is a great consignment shop in a nearby town.  I finally found new dishes.  My old set was vintage china sourced at a garage sale when I was in college.  Needless to say, (15+ years later)  it was a few plates short of a set.  I had filled in with some ikea standards, but as it turns out plate design is kinda important.  The ikea’s are high in the center, annoyingly making our food sauces flow to the outer edges.   I found that these are much better used underneath plants.

Anyway out new dishes in hand, my daughter and I washed, and put away the new (vintage china) set and swapped out the old.  And in the spirit of spring cleaning (and the fact that everyone was happy to help) the insides of the cupboards got a washing and I decided to paint the inside of my cabinet doors with chalkboard paint.  It was a 5 second decision as I had some paint on hand, but I am so pleased with the results.  A perfect place for notes and grocery lists.  And kids love when you start to spontaneously paint things….

So this a long story to tell you that I want to use chalkboard paint in more places  ( I still have leftovers) and in search of ideas….I came up with this….

chalkboard fence

and this…

seam chalboard garden from sunset magazine

and all of these…..

…proving definitively that there is a place for chalkboard paint in the garden.

images from kids in the garden, you grow girl, aloe designs. houzz, homemade simple, sunset magazine, meg hansen, that winsome girl,  and previous studio ‘g’ posts.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

4 Comments

  1. Nikki Kelly on April 22, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I would love to see more of the space that has the fish bowl. Is this listed somewhere on your blog?

    • rochelle on April 23, 2011 at 6:11 am

      Nikki – I don’t have more pictures of that cool fish bowl garden — I wish I did – but I can tell you that it was designed by topher delaney and its in san francisco — The picture is from sunset magazine

  2. Claudia Rainey on April 24, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Like your blog! Great ideas, keep ’em coming.

  3. deborah on October 14, 2011 at 7:51 am

    i came across your site researching spas for small garden spaces/ have been creating childrens outdoor nature/art spaces for the last three years/ different types of rock and stone…various use of tree pieces….the focal point has always been a huge chalkboard. it looks so wonderful to see children’s art in your yard…..parents get in on it too…….everyone loves to express themselves

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