Glass bottle trees are the folksiest form of garden art
Some call bottle trees “poor man’s stained glass.” Some say it’s about voodoo and keeping evil spirits out of the garden. I call them “redneck Chihuly sculptures.”
Whatever. They come with thousands of years of history and lore, and have their lovers and haters. But whether traditional or contemporary versions, from home-made to high-end, they are found in rural and botanical gardens alike – even in art museums… and every variation of these cheery expressions of joie de vivre is based on a simple concept: glass bottles held aloft in a garden.
History of bottle trees
These folksy garden sculptures are based on three thousand-year-old Arabian folk tales. Learn more
Bottle trees in Felder’s garden
Representing glass garden art from wine bottles stuck on dead tree snags to Stephanie Dwyer and Andrew Young sculptures, and some once part of an installation in the garden of the Mississippi Museum of Art. You can see them here.
Funky Fondren’s bottle trees
Fondren, my small, creative neighborhood in Jackson, Mississippi, has over a hundred bottle trees. Check out my photo gallery.
Bottle trees around the world
Bottle trees are more than just a trashy Southern thing. I’ve marvelled over them on five continents. Find out more.
Mississippi’s tallest bottle tree
I think I’ve created Mississippi’s tallest bottle tree in my cottage garden. Read more
Other garden glass
Inspiration for those who’d secretly like a bottle tree but are scared what the neighbors might say. Read more.
Bottle trees at a high-end show
I was over the moon to see a bottle tree installation at the UK Royal Horticulture’s Chatsworth Flower Show. Read more
How to make a bottle tree
This simple guide will help you make a bottle tree out of an old cedar snag, metal rebar or just about anything. Read more.
“We’re just holding glass to the sky so its colors can sing.”
Jenny Pickford, British Sculptor
“Two rules for bottle trees: Stop throwing bottles away, and stick them on something out in the yard.“