Almost all of the art -- sculptures large and small, wall hangings, planters, containers -- has been made by owner Jill Nooney. There are somewhere in the vicinity of 250 works spread around the grounds. She calls it the garden’s “jewelry,” and was inspired to create it when she felt the plantings had reached "middle age." “It needed adornment,” she says.
“Totems are meaning-markers,” says Jill. They are a nod to the intrinsic environmentalism of Native American culture, with its respect for the sacredness and the interconnectivity of all living things.
Totems are also just plain handy from a design sense. They’re a “shape that is very easy to use in a garden,” she says. “I’m always looking for a vertical accent: They stick up, out of the plants. They are a way of drawing your eye to a space: They can mark a sight line, or be a focal point or even a destination.”
Traditional Native American totems were made from a material Pacific Northwest
I hope you enjoy this glimpse of some of Bedrock’s totems, and use it as a starting point to further discover and delight in the sacred and profane that resides in Jill’s Fine Garden Art. One wonderful way to begin this journey would be with a free garden art tour with Wendie Adam on Saturday, October 8 at 1 p.m. at October’s Fairy House Festival weekend.