Handmade Garden Projects

I’m a handmade gardening gal – part eco-friendly, non-traditionalist, part crafty creative with more ideas than money, and an abiding aversion to off-the-shelf shopping. My garden is my canvas, my vision, and my voice. A place where I am free of all rules, except those of Nature herself. It’s where I make my unique mark on the world.

My book, Handmade Garden Projects (Timber Press, 2011), is filled with ideas for garden features, containers, lighting and more, all crafted with flair and inventive, made-from-scratch ingenuity. Crafting a handmade garden is one part inspiration and one part getting outside and working your DIY chops to create a landscape that fits your life like a well worn gardening glove. Whether you have acres of land, a simple city-sized lot, an apartment balcony or even just a somewhat sunny windowsill, I’ll show you how to transform your little patch of the big outdoors into a refreshing personality-infused garden paradise.

Barnes & Noble

“Whimsy is the watchword here, even as Forkner provides full-color photos, practical conversion tables, hardiness zones, and resources listings in this innovative addition to DIY creativity.” (Booklist )

“A cocktail of decorative garden projects, some labor intensive, others quickly accomplished, all fused with the now familiar aesthetic of urban rusticity that comes of repurposing inexpensive materials and reusing found objects.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“The book is filled with ideas for turning unused items and common materials into decorative and functional garden accents.”  (Akron Beacon Journal)

“This is so strange…it’s like looking at our backyard!”
(My kids , Hilary & Max upon first seeing the finished book!)