Yard Art and Handmade Places: Extraordinary Expressions of Home by Jill NokesYard Art and Handmade Places: Extraordinary Expressions of Home by Jill Nokes

Yard Art and Handmade Places: Extraordinary Expressions of Home

byJill NokesAs told byPat JasperForeword byBetty Sue Flowers

Hardcover | October 15, 2007

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Relatively few people in America build their own homes, but many yearn to make the places they live in more truly their own. Yard Art and Handmade Places profiles twenty homemakers who have used their yards and gardens to express their sense of individuality, to maintain connections to family and heritage, or even to create sacred spaces for personal and community refreshment and healing. Jill Nokes, an authority on native plants and ecological restoration, traveled across the state of Texas, seeking out residents who had transformed their yards and gardens into oases of art and exuberant personal expression. In this book, she presents their stories, told in their own words, about why they created these handmade places and what their yard art has come to mean to them and to their communities.

Rather than viewing yard art as a curiosity or oddity, Nokes treats it as an integral part of home-making, revealing how these places become invested with deep personal or social meaning. Yard Art and Handmade Places celebrates the fact that, despite the proliferation of look-alike suburbs, places still exist where people with ordinary means and skills are shaping space with their own hands to create a personal expression that can be enjoyed by all.

Jill Nokes is a landscape designer in Austin, Texas. Krista Whitson, AIA, is an architect and photographer in Austin.
Title:Yard Art and Handmade Places: Extraordinary Expressions of HomeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:188 pages, 8.57 × 9.48 × 0.87 inPublished:October 15, 2007Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292716796

ISBN - 13:9780292716797

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Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Betty Sue Flowers
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Places Full of Memory and Meaning
  • Chapter 2. The Repertoire of the Garden
  • Chapter 3. Cascada de Piedra Pinta
  • Chapter 4. A Natural and Peaceful Spirit
  • Chapter 5. Little by Little, He's Been Blessing Us
  • Chapter 6. Stories from the Valley
  • Chapter 7. The Love You Have To Do It
  • Chapter 8. Placenames and Family
  • Chapter 9. Mango's Jungle
  • Chapter 10. The Ardent Virtuosity of Collectors' Gardens
  • Chapter 11. One Big Cactus and Succulent Dish Garden
  • Chapter 12. A Surprise Comes Every Day
  • Chapter 13. Sculpture You Can Live In
  • Chapter 14. The Flower Man
  • Chapter 15. The Cathedral of Junk
  • Chapter 16. Casa de Azúcar
  • Chapter 17. Stories from the Panhandle
  • Chapter 18. A Great Peaceful Place
  • Chapter 19. The Only Trees for Miles Around
  • Chapter 20. A Windbreak for the Homeplace
  • Chapter 21. God and the Birdhouses Brought Us Together
  • Chapter 22. A Lesson in Landmarks
  • Chapter 23. This Is How You Stay Alive
  • Chapter 24. Desires of the Heart
  • Chapter 25. More Than Four Seasons
  • Notes
  • Index