Archive for September, 2013

Do Blue Bottletrees Grow from Blue Seeds?

Jay Thomas Dr 1We saw this cheerful and graceful bottletree on Jay Thomas Drive in Chapel Hill.

Its owner told us, “I purchased my tree from Original In Art in Blowing Rock, NC. It is made of rebar that has been bent into curly branches and currently it has mostly green and blue bottles. I’m trying to paint some bottles red and one yellow/gold to use as a Christmas tree. If I can learn the secret of the paint, I’m going to make some Carolina Blue and some white bottles.

On seeing my tree for the first time, one of my friends asked where I got the seeds for the tree and did I use different colored seeds for the different colored bottles.”

LOL!! Yes, if only bottletrees grew from seeds! Thanks, Wynne! We appreciate the story of your beautiful tree!

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Hillsborough Bottletrees mentioned in the News and Observer

Caine St Hillsborough 2We were so excited to be mentioned in the News & Observer last week! Here’s the link to the article, which discusses bottletrees and how they are starting to pop up all over the country, despite being considered a southern tradition.

The reporter asked us our opinion on why bottletrees are so popular in Hillsborough and Orange County, and we really couldn’t say that we know of a reason. It’s clear to us why they might be popular in general (because they’re AWESOME), but not why they are so numerous in this area. Does anyone have any thoughts about that??

Thanks for reading!

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Two Bottletrees from One

Arthur Minnis Rd 1A reader recently sent us these photos of his two bottletrees, one all-blue and about 15 feet tall, and the other amethyst, red, orange, and green, and about 4 feet tall.

Both trees were made from a dead cedar on the owners’ property, which they cut down and relocated to their gardens. The smaller tree is actually the top of the bigger tree! The owners, Stanley Finch and Jeffery Beam, trimmed the top off in order to make the first tree a reachable height, and in the process they got two bottletrees out of one.

Many of the blue bottles on the tall one are actually California olive oil bottles, and we think they are a beautiful color and shape and give the tree a unique character.

The amethyst bottles on the shorter tree are from a flea market near Linville, and the rest of the collection has been assembled from various searching around and donations from friends.

You can find these trees at 3212 Arthur Minnis Road, in western Orange County. Many thanks to Stanley and Jeffery for reading and contributing to the bottletree project!

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