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Those who like artistic crafts and hands-on projects will enjoy the many ideas in this manual on how to create attractive garden containers. The text begins with the basics of project preparation, from choosing the right tools and materials to selecting a proper work site. It then offers a variety of projects with clear instructions and color photographs illustrating each step in the work process. Those who like to try their hands at carpentry may enjoy constructing a window box or balcony box, a tile planter on wheels, a trellis planter, or a multi-tier container stand. Embellishing pots with tiles, shells, or paint may be just the thing for those interested in decorative crafts. Gardeners who wish to expand their skills may enjoy the challenge of creating a hanging basket, an herb planter, or a tabletop water fountain. The Portland cement trough-style planter, a decorative method of displaying collections of plants, is sure to be popular with both novice and experienced gardeners.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden