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Once Upon a Garden Wall Plaque

You’re in the back yard surrounded by wispy bushes, flowers that have tantalizing colors and fruit trees that are blowing in the wind. Somehow after all the hours of work it still seems somewhat bare and unfinished. You can tell the theme of your different gardens but how can you help others see what you have composed. What can you do to guide your visitors around so they don’t miss a thing?

To accentuate the beauty of your carefully chosen plants and flowers there is the garden plaque that helps break up the vegetation. They can spice up the garden wherever they are placed and never go out of fashion. They are used for identification, information and decoration.

Garden plaques are flat plates or disks which are beautify chiseled, ornamented or engraved for use in garden decorations. They can also be used as decorative stepping stones. Many companies that make them advertise them for either use.

They originated in ancient Greece. The Greeks had an abundance of marble and were fond of making decorative wall hangings. They also used materials of wood or stone. These tended to be very heavy and in many of today’s gardens resin has taken its place. The best part about resin is that it is highly resistant to wear and tear and the extremities of weather.

Garden wall plaques can also be used inside. They help bring a touch of the outdoors inside. Often you see them in homes hanging from walls or placed on the mantel above the fire place.

They can have quotes and sayings or simple designs. They can be hand painted, sculptured or custom made. There are so many choices for the avid gardener.

They come in many different sizes, styles, shapes, materials and price ranges. Some materials that are available are resin, wood, ceramic, pewter, stone, marble, metal, concrete, glass and crystal. When placed under lighting crystal offers stupendous effects. Many of the garden wall plaques still follow classic design motifs. Some of the designs are of animals, nature scenes, floral, sun, moon, mythology and words of inspiration.

For small cramped gardens they can be a great space saver and can also be placed to add specific themes for certain areas. You can decorate around water ponds, gazebos, porches, hang them from a truss or place them on fences. Of all the features that can be added to a garden scene there is none that is as effective as the garden wall plaque.

It might surprise you to realize that you may own one right now. Most people have them to adorn their front doors. They usually state the address and last name of the owner. You might even have one placed in the front of your house to welcome any visitors that stop by.

They also make great gift ideas. Be creative for that special house warming party. Have one custom made and engraved with that sincere happiness you feel for them. Anyone who spends a great deal of time in their garden will think that is the best present they have ever received.

Whatever garden wall plaque you finally choose, it is sure to enchant and inspire you with a welcoming splash of color and charm.

Barbara Tobiasz is an expert in interior/exterior decorating. Along with her husband Joe, they own and operate Wall-Decor-Concepts.com. For more information on Garden Wall Plaques, go to: http://www.Wall-Decor-Concepts.com
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