Bill and Kathy Bossley of San Leandro, California take recycling seriously. They have built the garden of their dreama and every item in it is used. Everything in their garden comes from salvage yards, garage sales, or was given to them.
The couple really enjoys being outdoors, so they got the idea to create a garden that allowed them to be outside even in winter. By using other people’s throwaways they’ve been able to create their own vision. Bill Bossley works with each new item: painting it, reshaping it, and reusing it. The design of the garden mutates several times a year, so visitors never know what they’ll see the next time around.
The Bossley have let their imaginatiosn run wild. Some areas are just for the kids with sandbox, slide, and other kids stuff. Other parts of the garden are divided into rooms with plants as walls and various materials for roofs. They use different type of flooring in each of the areas. One of these rooms has an outdoor fireplace. Instead of waiting for the weather to change, they can be outside whenever they choose. And, they’ve been able to add living space without spending a bundle on contractors and building materials.