Beyond Bunnies: Hypertufa troughs – the perfect planter. Colorful concrete leaves – the perfect accent.

Hypertufa Troughs

Hypertufa Troughs – An earthy and natural container that goes with everything.

Providing the perfect container for many plants, but particularly conifers and sedums, hypertufa troughs are fun and easy to make while also providing many years of good looking service.

Modeled after stone troughs that were once used to hold water and feed for live stock in England and the Orient – then re-purposed into planters. But when there weren’t enough to go around or as they became too pricey, people began to make their own. A worthy container in their own right, hypertufa troughs should not be considered a poor substitute to the real thing – they are the perfect planter.

From garden designer Suzanne Edney's garden

From garden designer Suzanne Edney's garden

Colorful Concrete Leaves – Ever notice how a leaf goes with everything?  Make it colorful and it becomes a garden accent with just the right amount of whimsy.

Raleigh is fortunate in that we have Beth Jimenez and Amelia of  Lane of Lasting Impressions Concrete Sculptures offering Hypertufa and Concrete leaf workshops this summer!!

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Hypertufa Workshops: Tuesday, July 21 and Saturday, July 25,  9AM – 12PM

Registration: Two weeks prior to class date.  Cost: $45

Concrete leaf Workshops: Tuesday, June 16 and Saturday, June 20, 9AM – 12PM

Registration:  Two weeks prior to class date

Cost: $45 for concrete leaf; $50 for concrete leaf garden stake

The class gives you detailed and attentive instructions.  Sign up to make your own hypertufa, leaf sculpture or garden stake. For your leaf,  Beth and Amelia will also give you tips for painting the sculpture once it has set up and cured.  All materials will be provided.  If you want a particular leaf, please bring it with you – yes, that’s right, these concrete leaves are cast with real leaves.

Have questions?  Please email Amelia Lane at or call 919-787-6228.

To register for a workshop, please make your check payable to Lasting Impressions and send to 4904 Hermitage Dr.,
Raleigh, NC 27612

Lasting Impressions will also be at the Larkspur Party June 6/7, 2009

This sounds like fun, hope to see you there.

Copy and Photos by Helen Yoest



  1. tina said

    Those are awesome hypertufa leaves and troughs! Have fun at the workshop.

  2. Cheri Schweitzer said

    Love the leaves stuck in the ground. I never thought of placing them that way. Will be a great way to use the leaves we periodically break in our classes!

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