I road-tripped up to Dallas/Fort Worth last weekend with a friend for two days of garden visiting and nursery shopping. The Garden Conservancy was hosting an Open Days tour in Fort Worth on Sunday, and my favorite garden turned out to be that of metal artist Wanda Stutsman. I don't think she made the pieces pictured above, but they make a charming focal point on her garden shed. Wanda's specialty is forging botanical creations out of metal, like this light pillar with cut-outs of Japanese maple leaves. It's beautiful in the daytime and even more so at night, as seen on Wanda's website Fern Valley Art. She also makes lights with oak and palm leaves. Displayed throughout her garden, her metalwork adds personality and humor - like the windmill blades in this framed picture, subbing for the sun - to her patio spaces and garden beds. Her biggest piece was this wide gate at the top of her rural property, with coneflowers, daylilies, canna leaves, and a birdbath represented larger than life. This gate really announces that a gardener lives here, doesn't it? We also visited both Redenta's Garden nurseries, one in Arlington and the other in Dallas. At the  The post Botanical art at Stutsman garden, plus Dallas/Fort Worth nurseries appeared first on Digging.