concrete containers by Dustin Gimbel

Dustin’s Facebook feed is showing lots of new work, and I just had to pop over to see what he’s been up to, even if it was almost too late in the afternoon for photos.

Invariably, whenever I post on Dustin, I get inquiries about his work, running the gamut from private individuals to public garden directors. If there’s any questions, you can contact him at:

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If I understood correctly, the concrete is a special formulation with some kind of fibers that allows him to play with a range of shapes.

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Not made by Dustin but in keeping with the theme.

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Of course I had to check out his plants too, because there’s always something new. For example, a client didn’t like this variegated Italian Buckthorn (Rhamnus alaternus), so Dustin brought it home. Thank goodness he has lots of other creative outlets to balance out the occasional disagreeable client.

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The always envy-inducing variegated ponytail palm.

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The hulk of the cherimoya tree, painted a cheery yellow, now supports a hanging garden of rhipsalis, tillandsias, bromeliads. When the tree was alive, it rained down vast amounts of messy, fly-attractiing fruit. In its afterlife it’s become one of my favorite things in his garden.

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The fading light reflecting off the pond.

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I love how Dustin teams up extravagantly beautiful plants with containers made of simple geometric shapes. The plain geometry of the containers is a wonderful counterpoint to the complex, exuberant geometry of plants.

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6 Responses to concrete containers by Dustin Gimbel

  1. David Feix says:

    Denise, love your photos of Dustin’s garden and latest work, and that photo with the pool reflecting gold is brilliant!

  2. Pam/Digging says:

    Your comment about his FB page made me realize that even though I follow his page, FB (darn it) never shows me any of his posts. So you prompted me to pop over myself and see what he’s been up to. Lots of cool stuff going on!

  3. Alan @ It's Not Work, It's Gardening! says:

    Very cool stuff! Thanks for posting about it.

  4. hoov says:

    Wonderful things, both concrete and alive.

  5. Renee says:

    Those pots are wonderful, and go so great with his plants. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Always love your looks at Dustin’s garden and work. So fabulous! I am lusting after that hanging planter in the 4th photo, brilliant.

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