Carly Swirtz
Carly Swirtz
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  • Minneapolis, MN

Whimsical Garden Ideas


I have 13 gardens by the North Shore of Lake Superior. My son and I have been adding fun things each year! We have over 190 solar lights and a lot of whimsical decorations. Most of our gardens are surrounded in rocks. I have glued mirror pieces and colored gems on many of them. Maybe you will get some ideas for your gardens. I love to share ideas and get ideas from Hometalk!
My son built this arbor. It is covered in purple and white lights. The stained glass picture is reflected by the lights at night and shines beautifully in the sun by day!
My son built this arbor. It is covered in purple and white lights. The stained glass picture is reflected by the lights at night and shines beautifully in the sun by day!
This is my headless gardener. I made her by stuffing an old sweatsuit with plastic bags. People come by to take their picture by her.
This is my headless gardener. I made her by stuffing an old sweatsuit with plastic bags. People come by to take their picture by her.
I use a lot of mirrors in my gardens. They reflect the solar lights at night and the gardens by day. I also silicone mirror pieces on my trees to create the same effect.
I use a lot of mirrors in my gardens. They reflect the solar lights at night and the gardens by day. I also silicone mirror pieces on my trees to create the same effect.
In this garden I have two lanterns and a mirror ball that are filled with solar rope lights.
In this garden I have two lanterns and a mirror ball that are filled with solar rope lights.
This is our fire pit. We put paving blocks around it
This is our fire pit. We put paving blocks around it
We have 2 people forms. One has a blue mirror ball head and blue sequined scarf. He is covered in colored glass gems. The one in back has a silver mirror ball head and silver sequined scarf. He is painted white with glass pieces,
We have 2 people forms. One has a blue mirror ball head and blue sequined scarf. He is covered in colored glass gems. The one in back has a silver mirror ball head and silver sequined scarf. He is painted white with glass pieces,
This is not the best picture, but it shows some of the celestial items and mirrors that I put in my forest. I also put glow in the dark stars on the trees.
This is not the best picture, but it shows some of the celestial items and mirrors that I put in my forest. I also put glow in the dark stars on the trees.
This garden has an old disco mirror ball in it. I have a solar spot light on it, so at night it reflects tiny little lights!
This garden has an old disco mirror ball in it. I have a solar spot light on it, so at night it reflects tiny little lights!
This is our small rose garden. The three trees in the center fiber optic and change colors. The rocks are dusted in glitter, but it does not show in this photo.
This is our small rose garden. The three trees in the center fiber optic and change colors. The rocks are dusted in glitter, but it does not show in this photo.

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  • Maury hill
    on Feb 22, 2017

    Love your creativity and compositions😍 Looks happy- not junky. You have an artists' eye.

  • Jessie
    on Jun 6, 2017

    So cute and very whimsical.. although that headless guy.. he'd probably give me a heart attack the first time I saw it !
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