Garden Art Craft: Hypertufa
Hypertufa is a mix of readily available concrete and other elements that is lightweight, easy to work with, and can be molded. Annette Shrader introduces us to an imaginative gardener, and craftsperson, who has created a notable collection of hypertufa containers and art pieces.
- Hypertufa has the look of stone, but is lightweight.
Basic hypertufa recipe: 1 part Portland cement, 1-1/2 parts sphagnum peat moss, 1-1/2 parts perlite.
Born and raised on a farm, I’ve always appreciated the smell and feel of fresh earth. When we purchased our home 35 years ago, it had some land, but not a single flower. I began the process of plotting and planning garden beds and borders, and have not stopped. Looking out at this mature landscape, it gives me a sense of accomplishment here in my own botanical garden. On her producer role with Volunteer Gardener, Annette says “These are treasured experiences. The passion that people have for their gardens sends me home feeling refreshed, and challenged.