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HYPERTUFA BASICS AND BEYOND
What is Hypertufa?
Tufa rock is a limestone-based substance made naturally when water, lime and organic plant matter are combined. From what I have read, there was an abundance of it in England and Ireland several hundred years ago. Tufa is also a very carvable rock. It was used to create animal watering troughs and planters for the garden. Alpine gardeners have been using it for many years because it gives the look of plants growing from the rock.
Over time the natural supply of tufa started to diminish. With the availability of Portland cement (which is highly processed lime) folks found a way to “make” tufa by combining peat moss, (organic plant matter) water, and Portland cement. The result is a water-permeable, lightweight rock that can be carved or easily molded. Moss adheres and grows on it easily. Once the tufa cures, plants can thrive in this “natural-looking” fake rock. It drains well. It retains moisture. It looks like old rock. It’s cheap and easy. What more could you want for your garden? Oh…and it gets better with age, like we do!
My first project with Hypertufa (7 years ago) was an entire patio of fake flagstones. 3 people, 2 weekends, and 82 flagstone- like Hypertufa rocks …done for about $200.00!
Many folks asked “how?”
That was the start of my hypertufa classes. This is my 6th summer of teaching and I’ve taught over 2000 folks, in 3 states, the art of making fake rock! As my experiences with Hypertufa grew, so did folks asking more “hows.” I’ve made fountains, stepping stones, lanterns, nature faces, a coy pond, planters, troughs, mushrooms, fairy garden accessories, toad abodes, garden art of all kinds, an entire patio, and everyone’s favorite….leaf castings. Now you can, too, with this complete guide to over 20 projects for your yard.
In this ebook (a PDF download viewed with Adobe Acrobat) I cover the history, various recipes, and step by step instructions with illustrations. What’s really great?…. there are no shipping costs! After payment, you’ll receive a link via email and all you have to do is download! Then it’s “Katie bar the door” ‘cause you’ll be playin’ in the mud and making wonderful art and garden accessories, sure to be noticed.
Don’t forget to visit my website to see lots of pictures of the fun art I have created!
BONUS!!! After you’ve purchased the ebook, I’ll always be available to answer questions.
If you live within a few hours of Little Rock, you also might want to attend one of my classes. All my students walk away with an air of confidence that they, too, can create wonderful garden art. And they get to take home 3 or 4 pieces made during the class. (see my website for more info.)