How to Create a Buddhist Garden

Implementing Buddha into an exterior decor is a desire for many seeking tranquility and relaxation in their garden space.  If you are creating an outdoor space that you will use for meditation or relaxation purposes, a Buddhist garden is an excellent way to do so.  But if you want to create a Buddhist garden, follow the tips from the experts, as there is a way to do a Buddhist garden the Buddhist way.

Giant Buddha Monument-Sized Garden SculptureA large Buddha statue or the addition of the religious outdoor statues of your choice  are standard elements if you desire to bring the religious and harmonious balance you seek into any outdoor decor.  But this is not enough, you will want to use authentic Buddhist principles to accomplish this goal.

Elements of a Zen Buddhist garden include a quiet place for sitting, numerous paths for walking meditation, and a body of water such as outdoor garden water fountains or a running pond.  A place for feeding birds, fish, and other animals is also conducive to respecting the harmony and balance in nature, a key principle in Zen Buddhism.

These are simple Buddhist principles that you can easily incorporate into any outdoor living space.  When you add these basic elements, you combine the harmony and balance of nature with the inner peace you wish to seek.

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Floor Fountains vs. Wall Fountains For Your Garden

The addition of a water fountain to any outdoor living space will be the addition of an element of tranquility as well.  Outdoor water garden fountains are a wonderful way to add an instant ambience to your outdoor space.  Whether you choose a floor fountain or a wall sculpture for your outdoor fountain will depend on a number of factors.

Five Spilling Broken Urns Sculptural Cast Stone FountainYour space will be your first determination on whether a wall fountain or a floor fountain will be preferred.  If you have little moving space, but ample wall space, you can add a touch of elegance with a wall sculpture that adds an element of Old World Italy into your garden.  A wall fountain needs to complement your space and add to the ambience you are creating, without overtaking it. 

If you have more space to work with, a floor fountain that uses Greek garden statues will create a dramatic effect that also accomplishes your goal of tranquility.  This type of floor fountain  is ideal for larger living spaces and broader outdoor gardens.  If you don’t have the space to accommodate something like this, but still prefer the serenity of a floor fountain, a subtle addition of some Egyptian art such as these spilling broken urns creates a very soothing effect and requires very little floor space.

Choosing spaces that minimize element exposure or exposure to debris will also be very helpful when considering whether to go with floor or wall fountains.

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Using Japanese Principles to Create a Garden Retreat

A design theme that is cropping up in many outdoor landscapes today is the design theme centered around Japanese principles.  How far you want to go with this theme will depend on your personal preferences.  Japanese principles in the outdoor space are becoming more common as they are well known to create stunning retreats that you can literally escape to.  You can incorporate Japanese principles into every element of your outdoor design, or you can do so through simple accents such as Japanese garden statues for the same effect.  Here are some tips on incorporating Japanese principles into your garden to accomplish that retreat like effect.

Cherubs at Play Sculptural FountainRunning water is a common Japanese principle seen in outdoor spaces.  Most commonly you will see this in outdoor garden water fountains in a Japanese designed garden.  Water is a symbol of life, and running water through a fountain or garden brook will bring tranquility to your space almost instantly.  Your fountain does not need to be Japan themed to incorporate this symbol of Japanese principles.

Religious outdoor statues are another way to incorporate Japanese elements into your outdoor design.  Religious statues carry symbolic significance and the simple addition of an outdoor Buddha to your outdoor space can instantly provide an effect of harmony and balance into your garden.

Japanese monks would use their gardens are religious retreats to meditate and seek wisdom. You can use your garden for the same effect to seek tranquility in your desired way using these Japanese principles.

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Fall Is The Best Time to Update Your Garden Theme

If you are waiting until the next Spring season to start changing the look of your outdoor living space, you may want to reconsider.  When you are designing your outdoor space, you want to take your vision and make it come to life with your budget.  As such, there is no better time to do that than in the Fall, when garden furniture and decoration costs come down considerably.  Here we talk about ways to spice up your garden theme and take advantage of Fall garden sales.

Lord Earl Houghton's Elephant Wall SculptureNo matter what area of the country you live in, most furniture and garden outlets start bringing their prices down on major pieces in the Fall or harvest season.  If you have been considering adding outdoor water garden fountains but have hesitated in the past due to budget, the Fall may be the perfect time to do so.  Garden fountains are typically an investment piece, but require less maintenance in the Fall and are easy to install even when the temperatures start to dip.

Statues are typically another investment piece into outdoor garden decoration themes. The Fall is a great time to invest into garden statues that are being reduced prior to the next season.  You can change your entire outdoor space with the implementation of some ethereal greek garden statues, or add some wisdom to your garden with some outdoor elephant statues or wall sculpture

When you want to add some more expensive pieces to your garden or outdoor space, the Fall is the best time to do so. 

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What Lies Behind the Symbolism of a Gargoyle

Emmett the Gargoyle SculptureA gargoyle is a very common symbol in decor today, and maybe even one you have already incorporated into your home or garden decor.  But do you truly understand what the gargoyle is symbolising when you use it in your design?  Here we discuss the meaning behind the symbolic gargoyle, and how easy it is to bring that relevance to life in your design theme.

Whether you are choosing simple gargoyle figurines or selecting outdoor garden water fountains with gargoyle accents, you are creating a statement of meaning instantly.  As derived from the French, a gargoyle is a creature that contains a waterspout projecting from the upper portion of a building or roof gutter in order to clear water blocks.  The French term “gargouille” is literally translated into “throat”, and so in France, what literally began as a gutter cleaning, became a symbol of building guardianship on buildings where gargoyles were found. 

A gargoyle then typically symbolizes guardianship or security on the property it is found on.  It is said to protect against evil spirits and was used in ancient France to communicate religious ideas of protection when mounted on the walls of buildings.  Gargoyles can be found on gothic tables or gothic furniture accents or on pieces reminiscent of the renaissance. However you incorporate gargoyles into your home, know when you do you are incorporating a sense of mythical protection.

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Poseidon, Buddha and a Tree of Life

Young Poseidon Sculptural FountainNow is the time to browse for outdoor statues and fountains as so many of them are on sale.  We have artistic sculpture of all types and one of our most popular collections is our Greek garden statues.  The many Greek gods, goddesses and heroes have been the favorite subjects for artists for many centuries and ours are no exception.  A marvelous outdoor fountain in this style is the Young Poseidon Sculptural Fountain and it is now on sale.  The young god rides a dolphin and is surrounded with water in this 54 ½” fountain.

Nothing adds serenity and peace to a meditation garden like a large Buddha statue and we have some in our collection that are beyond beautiful and unique.  One of these is The Tranquil Buddha Solid Bronze Garden Statue which is over a foot wide and a foot and a half tall.  Using the lost wax bronze method of casting, this loving depiction of Buddha is finished in different tones of verdigris patina.

For those of you who enjoy our Japanese garden statues and all other Asian or contemporary décor, we have some lovely wall sculptures that you will want to hang immediately.  One such sculpture is the Ancient Tree of Life Wall Sculpture.  This sculpture is over 3 ft. wide and is a bas relief created in designer resin.  The tree has something of the look of an ancient Bonsai and would blend wonderfully with many different types of décor.
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Buddha Fountain, Geisha Statue and Chinese Empress

Grand Buddha Meditation FountainThis is the time of year to look closely at our outdoor statues and fountains because many of them are now on sale.  If you love our large Buddha statue, you might be interested in the Grand Buddha Meditation Fountain which is now on sale at $100 off.  The fountain is over 3 ft. tall and has a peaceful image of Buddha on its wall with water flowing gently over it.  It is carved as a replication of an Asian temple in beautiful detail and the water fount has lighting.

For fans of our Japanese garden statues, we now have many beautiful Japanese sculptures for both indoors and outdoors many of which are on sale.  A particularly nice example is the Song of Geisha Sculpture now on sale at a great gift giving price.  The artist has constructed this small statue with a perfect eye to the fashion, instrument and hairstyling of the geisha in 17th century Japan.  The detailed resin sculpture has been given a superb ivory finish.

You may have friends that love all things Asian or you may even have this décor in your own home.  There is no better place to look for Asian décor than our fine Basil Street Gallery.  A beautiful item that would make a fine gift is the Chinese Empress on Dragon Throne Statue: Queen.  The beautiful empress is wearing a most colorful gown sculpted in great detail.  She is seated on a throne with two exquisite dragons in faux gold, making this 9 ½” statue a shining addition to any Asian décor.

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Heavenly Angels and the Eye of Horus

Heavenly Moments Angel Sculptural FountainWhenever you see a beautiful stone garden angel statue in any outdoor garden, 9 times out of 10 it will have originated from Design Toscano.  Our angels are renowned for the artists’ attention to detail and the serenity they emit.  If you love fountains, take a look at the Heavenly Moments Angel Sculptural Fountain.  The fountain is almost four feet tall and has a verdigis bronze finish.  A beautiful angel is dipping her toes in a large basin of water and the water sounds create a tranquil peaceful space.

As part of our GARDEN SALE, many of our wonderful animals are now on sale.  These are realistically sculpted and hand painted like our popular tiger sculpture.  The panda is always a sought after item and now Tian Shan, the Asian Panda Sculpture is on sale!  This adorable panda, depicted chewing on some bamboo, is a foot and a half tall.  The artist did excellent work with detail on his paws and marvelous face.

Also on sale are some pieces in our extensive Egyptian art collection.  Now is the time to pick these up a great price and perhaps redo some your indoor décor.  A great start for decor would be with the sparkling Eye of Horus Egyptian Vase.  This is a ceramic vase with the Eye of Horus painted on a crisp Egyptian blue background.  It is 9” tall, hand fired and accented with real gold leaf.  A great item to find on sale!

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Interesting Animal Sculpture from Gators to Skunks

Fearless Floating Gator SculptureAt Design Toscano, you can find every animal and reptile that you would like to place in an outdoor space or in a fountain pool or koi pond.  Our tortoise statue is a great one to place roaming the yard and another that might scare your neighbors is our Fearless Floating Gator Sculpture.  Yes, this lively looking gator actually floats and you can place him in any water structure.  He is over 3 ft. long has sharp teeth glistening in his open mouth, perhaps looking for some lunch.  He will cause comment.

Our animals from Africa are like no other in size, detail and realism, a fine example of which is our popular outdoor elephant statues.  Another statue that would look great in a garden with the elephants is our South African Rhino Garden Sculpture.  As with all our animal sculpture this great guy is hand painted and looks like he just walked into your yard.  He has gleaming horns and even the wrinkling on his legs look real.
Not all of our animals are large or dangerous looking, some are just extraordinarily cute.  The popular Meerkat sculpture is one of the cutest and now there is a new guy in town, Stinky the Striped Skunk Statue.  You may ask how a skunk can be cute, but one look at the adorable face on this well detailed statue will win your heart.  Fortunately, he also does not spray anything stinky in your yard.

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Water Fountain and Beautiful Religious Sculpture

The Hartwig Walking Stick/Umbrella StandIn the Gothic and medieval theme our wonderful greenmen have everything from talking trees to beautifully carved furniture.  Something that is very useful, but many of us don’t think of putting in our home is an umbrella stand.  When it comes from the greenmen collection like the Hartwig Walking Stick/Umbrella Stand it is too beautiful to ignore.  This stand is created out of foundry iron and weighs 16 pounds.  It features detailed scrollwork and of course, a Greenman in the center. 

Your garden should be a peaceful place, but sometimes it is nice to have the sound of one of our outdoor water fountains to add some serenity to the space.  One of our more beautiful fountains is the Toscana Three Urn Garden Fountain.  Three urns sculpted to replicate pottery urns pour water into a pool which is illuminated.  The urns are placed on pieces of wood sculpted extremely realistically.  This is one of our exclusives.

Religious outdoor statues are certainly one of our most popular items and we have a great variety to choose from.  One of our most colorful religious statues is The Virgin of Guadalupe Religious Statue.  This statue depicts the Blessed Mother as she appeared to a peasant in the desert.  She is hand painted in the bright colors of the desert and is reverently blessing the people around her.

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From Tutankhamen’s Shroud to Splashing Tortoises

If you have not been browsing the Design Toscano marble busts for sale collection, you have been missing out on some wonderful things.  These are not just the typical busts of Greeks and Romans, but something from every different culture.  Here you will find The Golden Shroud of Tutankhamen Egyptian Bust Statue.  This large bust is 27” high and is a Design The Golden Shroud of Tutankhamen Egyptian Bust StatueToscano exclusive.  It is easily recognizable as the golden mask so often representing Tutankhamen exquisitely hand painted.

Many people collect elephant statues, elephant designs and artists’ renderings, such as our wonderful collection of outdoor elephant statues.  Some elephant design is very different and inspired from the continent of Africa such as The Serengeti Wall Mask: Elephant.  This wall mask done by a Nigerian artist has a tribal design and is marvelously carved.  It is, of course, hand painted and features faux gems in the design.

There is something soothing yet incredibly cute about a tortoise statue, be it named tortoise or turtle.  We have a very cute water fountain named Three Turtles on a Coral Reef Solid Bronze Garden Sculpture.  This adorable fountain depicts the turtles spitting water out of their mouths as they rest on a piece of coral reef, finely detailed in solid bronze.

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Japanese Sculpture: Different Statues

Lady with Crane Porcelain SculptureDesign Toscano has many very different statues and décor in the Asian theme which is so popular now.  If you like our Japanese garden statues, you may be interested in some Asian porcelain figures that are unusual and now on sale.  A fine example of these lovely ladies done by artist Lin Wei Dung is the Lady with Crane Porcelain Sculpture.  This sculpture is of a Chinese lady by a pond with a lovely crane beside her.  The artist uses a soft color glaze and the detail in the porcelain is amazing.

We have many different sumo wrestlers from our magnificent outdoor statues to the crazy sumo gnomes.  However if you are looking for a totally different table, still in a Japanese theme, look no further than our Basil Street Gallery for Basho the Sumo Wrestler Sculpture Glass-Topped Table.  Here we have a lifelike sculpture of a sumo wrestler crouching down, with his hair tied back and his wrestling belt on.  He is 18” tall and on his back there is a 3/8” thick glass table top.  This piece will cause constant comment.

Basho the Sumo Wrestler Sculpture Glass-Topped TableFor something that matches all outdoor design themes, you need to browse our outdoor water garden fountains where we have everything from classic Greek fountains to fun fountains to contemporary design.  The Five Spilling Broken Urns Sculptural Cast Stone Fountain is so special that it is custom made for you when you order it.  The water flows from one cast stone urn to another in this distinctive fountain that will complement any outdoor space.


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Religious Outdoor Statues and Meerkats

Jesus Loves the Little Children Garden Sculpture: The Smiling Christ StatueWe have so many serene and beautiful religious outdoor statues that you must browse them all and you will surely find something to suit you.  If you are looking for something that represents a family image, the Jesus Loves the Little Children Garden Sculpture: The Smiling Christ Statue is just the right item.  The artist depicts Jesus holding young children from the scripture calling the little children to Him.  The statue is 2 feet tall and done in a stone finish in exquisite detail.

Design Toscano has angels in all shapes and sizes and the especially wonderful stone garden angel is that done of children.  Every child has a picture in their mind of their guardian angel and we have a sculpture that just might match that piece of imagination.  This is the Guardian Angel Child’s Prayer Garden Statue which is a 34” high with beautiful angel looking at the praying child and Guardian Angel Child's Prayer Garden Statuepointing to heaven.  This is a lovely piece if you have children who wonder what their guardian angel looks like.

We have many families in our collections from mischievous children to adorable animals and there is none as popular as our Meerkat sculpture.  The Meerkat family is depicted many different ways, but they are all together in the Meerkat Family at the Waterhole Garden Fountain.  This wonderful fountain is set in a rocky area with water cascading from the top to the waterhole below and surrounded by Meerkats, the family together on one side and some adventurous fellows on the other side. 

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Great Outdoor Statuary

When is a bird bath more than just a plain old bird bath?  When you get it from Design Toscano, of course.  Here is where a bird bath is one of our gorgeous Greek garden statues.  The Column of Maenads Pedestal Font is almost too beautiful for birds to play in, yet it has a wide area of water for them to do so.  The font is above a sculpture of three of the Maenads who were worshipers of the god of wine, Dionysus.  They’re ready for a party.

Thoughts of an Angel Sculptural Wall RoundelWe have many angels that are serene and lovely and create an area of peace in any location.  Part of our stone garden angel collection is an amazing wall plaque, Thoughts of an Angel Sculptural Wall Rondel which is lovely on a patio or garden wall.  This thoughtful angel is sculpted in relief style which shows off her great wings and sensitive face. 

If your garden needs more than a font of standing water, then please browse through our outdoor garden water fountains.  We have these in many themes from Greek to Asian to Contemporary.  The Contemporary Garden Orb on Pedestal Sculptural Cast Stone Fountain is a piece that will fit into any décor theme.  This tremendous orb fountain comes in a variety of colors and is custom made just for you. 


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From a Large Buddha Statue to a Bunny Rabbit.

Grand Buddha Meditation FountainDesign Toscano has something for everyone, no matter what they might be looking for.  Many customers love our large Buddha statue and have one in a meditation garden for peace and serenity.  To add another element to this serenity, we have the Grand Buddha Meditation Fountain adding the sound of water to your peaceful space.  This fountain is 38 ½ inches tall and has water cascading over a figure of the meditative Buddha.  The pool at the bottom of the fountain is lit so that it can be appreciated on a warm summer’s evening.

Many of our customers are owners of our slow moving guy, the tortoise statue.  Now you can own the crazy rabbit that he raced against.  Carotene, the Bunny Rabbit Garden Statue is a T-Rex Dinosaur Garden Sculpturefabulous rabbit that stands a foot and a half tall.  He is hand painted in white and has a carrot in his mouth and in case he eats that one he is carrying some for later.  Like all of our animal statues, he is done in great detail and is incredibly cute.

We have many statues of large animals like our outdoor elephant statues and our tall giraffe statues; these are all great representations of living animals.  If, however, you would like something not as ordinary in your yard take a look at the T-Rex Dinosaur Garden Sculpture.  Just like all our other animals, he is lifelike and seems to be living in your garden today.  Won’t your neighbors be surprised.


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Asian Sculptures and Fountain

Pagoda Lantern SculpturesYou’re not too late, the Fourth of July 20% off Sale continues through July 5, 2011!

You should take this opportunity to spark up the Asian creations in your yard.  We have many items in that décor including our Japanese garden statues.   Some of the most popular of our Asian décor statues are the Pagoda Lantern Sculpture:  Medium and Large.   These sculptures will bring the charm and serenity of the Orient to your garden.  They are pagoda shaped with windows on the top level, the large size being about one and a half feet tall and the medium is approximately 10”.  These lovely statues can be bought separately or in sets of the same or different sizes.

The Asian décor can become a meditative garden with the addition of a large Buddha statue of which we have several at Design Toscano.  A popular statue for the larger yard is The Great Buddha Garden Sanctuary Statue.  This is a statue of the peaceful and gentle Buddha set in a stone finished background.  The entire piece is almost two feet tall and depicts the calm Buddha looking out over the garden.

Plan to browse through our large selection of outdoor water garden fountains as this sale is a great time to get just the right fountain to match your décor.  If you are using the Asian theme, a beautiful fountain is the Cascading Bamboo Sculptural Fountain.  This fountain is four feet tall and features a UL pump to bring the water cascading gently throughout the sculpted bamboo stalks.

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Beautiful Asian

Shou Xin Gong: Chinese God of Longevity StatueMany people like to use themes in the outdoor gardens or patios and even on porches.  There are all types of themes of course, from Greek to animal to quirky.  If you are interested in creating an Asian theme in your garden here are some suggestions from Design Toscano.  We have wonderful Buddha outdoor statues that range from the serene to the joyful and we also have a very serene and well sculpted Chinese statue.  This is Shou Xin Gong: God of Longevity Statue.  Shou Xin Gong is a statue of an old Asian man with a long beard (showing his longevity) carrying the "peach of immortality" and the "staff of longevity". 

To perk up your Asian theme and add some joy, you should look at our Japanese garden statues.  One of the more interesting of these is our Dancing Asian Fish Spitting Garden Statue Collection.  These fish come in four different sizes and are depicted standing on their tails dancing with their mouths wide open.  They are piped if at any time you would want to use them as a small fountain spitting water.

We have many extraordinary statues like our big foot garden statue which is quite amazing.  In the Asian theme a similarly large and spectacular statue is our Asian Dragon with Power Orb Solid Bronze Garden Sculpture.  He spouts water, so no fear of fire from him, and he is holding an orb in one of his claws.  He is large and beautiful.
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Statues with a Smile

Mrs. Bloom Solid Bronze Wall PlaqueMany of our outdoor statues bring a smile to those seeing them and many have smiles of their own.  The greenman collection always has the unusual wall fixtures that just brighten up any area.  Our Mrs. Bloom Solid Bronze Wall Plaque is beautiful in her own way and is sporting a little smile not unlike the Mona Lisa.  She will keep her eye on your garden and on everything else going on and bring a little joy to the outdoor area.

Our Greek garden statues are certainly not all male but include some of the most beautiful women in the world.  One statue that is guaranteed to get a lot of attention in your yard or patio is Lyre's Siren Harp Player.  A devastating beauty of ancient Greece is playing the harp bringing cheer and serenity to all around her.  She is a Design Toscano exclusive.

Another charming girl with a smile is part of our collection of outdoor garden water fountains.  This is Abigail's Bountiful Apron Fountain.  Abigail is a child of the Victorian era catching water in her lifted apron from which the water flows off.  She'll bring a smile to everyone.
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Fairies for Good Luck

Butterfly Fairy Garden StatueMany cultures have considered it very good luck to have fairies in your garden.  They can encourage your flowers and vegetables to grow and bring joy to all in your garden. Design Toscano has many outdoor water garden fountains and one of them is a charming fairy.  This is Peyton the Bronze Fairy Garden Statue, a beautiful girl fairy with wide wings, who carries a watering can.  She can be piped to have water pour out of her watering can which makes her a wonderful fountain.

Certainly the more fairies you have it could be assumed that your garden luck will increase.  We have almost every garden fairy statue imaginable.  One of our more unusual fairy statues is the Butterfly Fairy Garden Statue. This wonderful bronze statue is posed like a classical dancer and has the wings of a butterfly in place of the more usual fairy wings.

Pixie Meadow Fairy Tiffany-Style Stained Glass Illuminated SculptureThe best known garden statues of the past several years are the garden statues gnomes of which we have several.  We also have some not so well known statues that perhaps might be better placed within your indoor plants.  The most beautiful of these is Pixie Meadow Fairy Tiffany-Style Stained Glass Illuminated Sculpture. This gorgeous fairy can bring the luck indoors as her wings light up in Tiffany lamp style around her perfectly sculpted bronze body.
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Create a Different World

Outdoor décor can create a certain thematic charm for your patio, yard or outdoor space.  Many people like our Japanese garden statues when setting an Asian theme to their space with our big Sumo wrestler.  There is nothing cuter yet more Asian than the panda and like all of our animal statues this guy is lifelike in every way.  It's Tian Shan, the Asian Panda Sculpture, sitting on a rock enjoying a nice snack of bamboo.

Fiona, the Flower Fairy SculptureNo matter what the theme of your outdoor décor is, we have outdoor garden water fountains that will fit right in.  If your décor scheme is less classical and more fun our wonderful Quenching a Big Thirst Sculptural Fountain would be just the perfect item.  Here is a very large, but charming Saint Bernard standing up and taking a drink from a bubbling fountain. 

For many the mystical theme is one that they would like to portray in their décor and there is no better way than with a garden fairy statue.  Design Toscano has several outdoor fairy statues and it may be tough to choose which of these lovely fairies will fit your space.  If you have a flower garden, you could do no better than include our Fiona, the Flower Fairy Sculpture who will watch over  your flowers and guide them to beauty with her fragile butterfly wings.

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