The Stick Garden
1465 Fairfax, Birmingham, Michigan
also co-located just outside the House of Flux in Parallel Universe #18
The Stick Garden in the winter of 2009.
The Stick Garden on October 5, 2008.
The Stick Garden as it appeared on December 8, 2007.
...as it appeared on August 31, 2007.
Sometime in the summer of 2001 I got the idea to create a garden of sticks in a shaded section of our backyard. Instead of throwing out old brooms, broken rakes with wooden handles, and bamboo poles, I decided to start sticking them in the ground in my backyard.
Sometimes on trash night, I stop and take wooden sticks and poles out of other people's trash--anything that looks different and that qualifies as a "stick" (e.g., a hockey stick, an old wooden-handled pitchfork). Mostly this has been a real casual hobby and low-frequency activity. On occasion, Janice and I have also bought a few sticks and poles that we knew would make the Stick Garden look more interesting.
Some of the more interesting sticks in the stick garden include: an oyster pole used to harvest oysters (certainly not native to Michigan). We've got a primitive old hay rake from Turkey. An old wooden chair made of branches. A butterfly net on a long wooden pole. My sister, Cheryl Bukoff, gave me some old-school ski poles. They are in the stick garden now.
I keep adding to the stick garden on an irregular basis. When the sticks fall down, I try to put them up again. Some of the original sticks have rotted past the point of keeping them going. That's okay. There are always more sticks in the world.
Stick Garden with 35 sticks on January 5, 2004
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The Stick Garden on February 5, 2005
The Stick Garden on July 2, 2005
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Two close-up views in the Stick Garden, July 2, 2005.
The Stick Garden after a beautiful early winter snow storm, December 16, 2005.
In December 2005, the Stick Garden also served as the setting for the Christmas photo that Janice and I send out each year. Click here to view this photo.
Three views of the Stick Garden in the Fall, September 16, 2006.
Stick Garden after adding a new set of sticks
December 25th, 2006 -- no snow for Christmas this year
Someone down the street moved out and left a lot of their old hoes, shovels and rakes out at the curb. I brought a bunch of them home and added them to the stick garden today. This was the biggest addition to the stick garden in several years.
Wild spring crocuses bloom in the stick garden -- March 25, 2007