Friday, December 29, 2017

Paradise Gardens


This "garden" is one of the strangest I have ever seen. But it's so interesting, I have to post about it. Paradise Gardens is located in Summerville, Georgia. It was created by folk artist, Howard Finster. He spent more than thirty years making art from objects people normally throw away. The inspiration for it came in a dream, where God told him to create art and make a garden. He started the garden in 1970 and continued until his death in 2001.

Visitors will see all kinds of junk put together as art: Saw blades, wheel wells, hub caps, bottles. You name it. It's probably there. Before you walk around the garden, you should start by viewing the video of the artist's life and work. It will give you some insight into this unusual individual.


The garden is open Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Cost of admission for adults is $15.00, and $5.00 for students.


Before I go, I have two announcements. Actually three.

1.  My book, That Mama is a Grouch is available as a free ebook from Smashwords from now until January 1st. Please visit this link to get your copy.

2.  My book, Ten Zany Birds is available as a free ebook from Smashwords from now until January 1st. Please visit this link to get your copy.

3. Don't Feed the Elephant, my upcoming picture book, will be published in 2018. We have some formatting issues we're still trying to work out. My apologies to anyone who might've wanted to get it as a Christmas gift. I'll let you know when it's here.

Hope you all have a very Happy New Year and a terrific 2018!   

 

14 comments:

  1. Hi Sherry,

    Paradise Gardens looks like quite the quirky place. What fun.

    I shall take the liberty of sharing your post and your announcements, Sherry.

    And wishing you, my lovely friend, a peaceful 2018 with your friends and family.

    Gary

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    1. Thank you, Gary! I hope 2018 is a good year for you!

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  2. I'll have to see that wacky garden someday. Love the concept. And I look forward to your new book -it can be a Valentine's, Easter, or just give a kid a book treat day!
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Wacky is a good word for it. If you like the unusual, it's certainly worth seeing.

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  3. Sherry, I wish you much happiness in the year of 2018!

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  4. I really enjoy sculpture made from 'found' objects. The Tate Modern in London is full of great pieces. It's nice to see it in a garden. Visit my Blog for a New Year message!
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    1. I've visited the Tate Modern. That's an interesting place, too. This garden walks the fine line of art and junk. But it's interesting.

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  5. I have never heard of this "garden" before, but I think it would be fascinating!

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    1. It's amazing what people come up with.

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  6. On this beautiful day, the first day of the new year, I am wishing you and your loved ones a beautiful new year, all days of which be filled with joy, fun, laughter, and melodious music. Happy New Year, Sherry:)

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    1. Thank you, Rajiv! I wish you a happy and healthy 2018 as well!

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  7. Hi Sherry - what an amazing place ... I love learning about quirky individuals who do their own thing - one day perhaps I'll get to this garden.

    Congratulations on your three books ... and good luck with all your ventures in 2018 - cheers Hilary

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