Mini Zen Garden: Reclaimed
Each garden comes in a reusable gift box. The slate pieces are imported from India. I hand cut and repurpose them. 10 or more coats of stone enhancer/sealer are applied for that delightful 'wet' look. The corks are recycled by drilling them out, inserting a clay hydro bead (in case you wish to put live plants in them) and arranging various types of moss, stones, etc.
I found this railroad relic one day on an urban trek with friends right here in Richmond. Its natural curves reminded me of some things that I have seen in Japanese gardens. The nooks were perfect for cork planters. I hand painted the rust spread to make it look as if the two had aged together. It truly has been reclaimed from environmental trash to soothing art.