Garden Art Can Be Great Accessory For Personal Backyard Oasis


With springs climate temps and picture-perfect sunsets, East Texans find refuge in their outdoor spaces. Whether lounging in a hammock under the conifer boughs or winding down the night with blooming jasmine entwined in the pergola, it’s important to have a peaceful pretty place to relax outdoors before the heat of summer drives some into the air-conditioned interior.

When it comes to gardens not everyone has a green thumb, however it is still easy to make a backyard beautiful with the help of some well-appointed and colorful décor. Not everyone has time for planting flower beds or landscaping, however like the perfect little black dress or utilizing a muted shade in your boudoir, garden art takes a subtle canvas and best showcases a unique burst of color.

Consider it a way to accessorize, not overwhelm, outdoor living space.

Whether working with a small concrete patio or a sprawling expanse fit for a golf green, adding a piece of outdoor art turns space from drab to divine.

“Garden art can improve the look of your outdoor space by adding an element of surprise or totally functional,” said artist Lillian Celine Tobey, better known as L.C. “I create garden art that celebrates elements of design. It can be functional, elegant or just outright fun. It makes you smile, like a birdbath that gives you tranquility but with a modern burst of color.”

Tobey, whose artful collections are found in the Creative Arts Center in Bonham, creates and restores traditional glass. Her yard art has a unique whimsical quality and the signs, mobiles, bells and birdbaths she produces from her studio capture a playful spirit.

“I love providing water to the birds, so I created a wonderful birdbath that is functional while creating a feeling of Zen,” she said.

No matter the condition of a landscape, yard art accents and celebrates space bringing people into sync with the natural world outside the window.

Cece Bode, mosaic artist and owner of Boreejon, creates unique outdoor pieces using stone, tile and glass. From a life-size carousel horse, fountains, pots and birdbaths, Bode’s work adds an element of artistic style to any patio.

“I make my tiles from raw clay. I roll out the clay, glaze it and fire it, so its all handmade,” said Bode, who’s work can be purchased at East Texas Brick in Tyler and on, “so I get colors that you can’t find in a tile store. The colors are vibrant and unique.”

Because she uses stonework clay, the tiles are much more durable than ceramic tile making a better, sturdier product to produce yard art.

Some of her most popular works are animals like ducks, turtle and rabbits. The cheerfully tiled creatures have a concrete base then laid with Bode’s handcrafted tile work, so they can endure all types of weather.

After years in the pottery-making business, Bode was familiar with glazing and firing techniques and wanted a change. She started Boreejon, her mosaic design business, with some friends making mosaic crosses for sale. Since then Boreejon has become a solo endeavor, with Bode designing an eclectic collection of mosaics. 

“Garden art is really about fun color in your yard incorporated with your favorite plants,” she said. “It’s always fun to see a turquoise bunny peeking out from your flowers. It makes a statement.”

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