This place truly had the most extensive selection of concrete statuary I've seen around. Wanda: were you going to post the name & address of the company? I can't find my business card (already). I think it was named Dream Gardens. I love my fairy - will have to post a pic once I get her in place!
lilyfan was here yesterday for the garden tour & we talked about the Dream Garden. I think we'll go EARLy for the Wisconsin Round Up so we have time to shop a bit. I could use a new bench for my back corner...
How in the world would someone actually transport a concrete giraffe? We are talking concrete here! And, it's really tall. Couldn't you just see your giraffe and it's friends, the hippo and rhino, located just outside the edge of the woods near your lawn. Now that would be a conversation piece for the neighborhood. Can you imagine the traffic jams? People would be bringing their kids along to take pictures with them...and trampling through your flower beds along the way.
the guy offered to deliver to Cedar Rapids for $100 - that is about an hour and a half away from them. So if you really love that giraffe or hippo, or other large item and you are close to them, there is a way
I paid $55 for a garden fairy that is about 3' tall. His prices were very reasonable for what we pay in Cedar Rapids and nearby. I'll let the others tell you what they paid for theirs - I wasn't paying attention. This place IS in Wisconsin, although just over the Iowa border.
Puff is NOT the kind of dragon I would like to have crawing out of the dark of night at me. Kind of a Harry Potter dragon. So I gave him a silly name. "Puff the Magic Dragon" kind of fit in with "Nessie" the Loch Ness Monster , "Gruff" the Griffin and my other mythological garden figures...
Sure wish I'd known about this place when we went down that way last fall to pick up a car. Our concrete statue places have boring stuff. Not that I've spent a lot of time looking, maybe I need to work harder at it. Anybody want to haul something heavy up to the round up? LOL
I have 2 new beds,,,so you see, I Need more cherubs for the new beds. I found a fountain I like on eBay, may order it for the one bed. We have a cement statue place not too far from here. I thik I need to take a road trip. One of my first cherubs was from there,,,she was so sweet. Someone ripped her off. I was so mad. I want to see if they have another one.
Yep, this little thing didnt' wiegh that much, so it was an easy one. Never had a problem for 8 years,,,all of the sudden she was gone. I have the little sleeping cherub in the basket I won't put out front. Bill wants to put it in the new bed by the house,,,I'm too scared,,LOL
Having 2 cheerleaders in the house in past years meant stuff was constantly added to my yard (TP Paper, pumpkins, for sale signs, flamingos, ) or missing (statues, chairs, tents etc. ). The girls are out to college and my statues are cement. Life is a bit more boring , but also a little easier.
Our next door neighbors lost an iron bench one Halloween and gained over 100 pumpkins. I know because we counted as we picked them all up. Her daughter was a cheerleader that year. Do we see a pattern?
Of course, they say "size isn't everything" - I had 5 of my biggest statues taken one year when they did my new fence (new employee is the one I suspected, but couldn't prove). They were also preparing for an estate sale next door and there were lots of helpers wandering that yard that could see my stuff. Over $500.00 worth in statues, and half of them had to be carried by two people. They picked and chose only certain ones through the yard.
Colette, you didn't tell me that! How scary that thieves would be so brazen.
For several years we dressed a full sized scarecrow in our yard in bibbies, an old checked shirt, boots, glove & hat--stuffed with straw. I sewed a happy face on him. His interior was a fence pole 2 foot into the yard with a cross bar welded on for his shoulders. I would run out after dark each night and change his hands to different positions: in his pockets, on his hat, whatever.
My children always checked on him each morning. You see, he wasn't very bright and forgot what position he was supposed to be in----
My children were sure he came to life each night like the scarecrow in "Wizard of Oz" They even left him notes with a tablet & pencil so he could write back. We went to Dubuque one year during their "Scarecrow Festival". When the girls saw all the men & LADY scarecrows there, my oldest said with a sly grin "Mommy, we know where Bill the Scarecrow goes to dance under the moon every night !"
When the girls were 6 and 8 years old, someone stole "Bill's" head. Our girls were upset, so we decided to put a plea out to the neighborhood. I tucked the scarecrow's hands up by his shirt and hung a sign around his head "Where is my head???" We didn't see the head & then they stole the whole body!!! Darn. Our girls didn't let me make another scarecrow---it was "Bill the Scarecrow" or nothing!
Yup; Wanda; We knew about the plot too.
But since it didn't involve the dragon running anywhere / / / / / Just thought we would go along with it ((*-*)) hee hee . Shucks now you won't trust me either, huh ??????
Your garden gave me lots of ideas, but not for my whole yard. I think I would have to use shrubbery to go around our acre and a half. Maybe one really really Really HUGE DRAGON about 40' longer than yours.
If I made a moat across the back and placed him in it with all the lilies around him HMmmmmmmmm.
I am really interested in planning a road trip down to the Dubuque area to find this place!!! By any chance do any of you have a card with the full name, address, etc of this wonderland??? Wish I had a flatbead
Dream Gardens It's between Exit 1 & 2 on Highway #151 & 61 out of Dubuque and into Wisconsin--just across the Mississippi River. The place is HUGE with a wonderful selection of statues. I'm already thinking about my next one...
Linda: I kept their business card. Here's what it says:
Just off of highway 61-151
Between Wisconsin exits 1 & 2
On Badger Road
When on Highway 61-151, you can see the place. You need to get off at either exit 1 or 2 and weave your way back to it. Sounds complicated, but pretty easy once you see it. Here are some phone numbers on the card too:
Thanks to all for your directions. Of course it does sound like I better bring the van... and maybe try to work a little overtime for some extra money We are thinking of coming down sometime in September after Labor Day and make it a long weekend. I'm even thinking of some statues for Christmas gifts. Can you see them under the tree ? Linda B
Just to clarify how to get to the cement place, it is on the Wisconsin side of the border. If you get off 61/151 at Hwy. 11 (also there is a Highway Rest stop at this exit). You will head EAST on Hwy. 11 to a 4-way stop that intersects with Hwy. 35 , which is also Badger Road. you will turn left (North). There is a Highway Patrol or weigh station at the same corner on the left. You will go around a couple of curves (a mile or so?), and it is on the right hand side of the road.
Getting back and forth is best done from Hwy.11 exit, since there is no on-ramp going north from Badger Road if you are headed north onto Hwy. 61/151 to go home. Dream Gardens' address is actually Hazel Green, but is so close to Dubuque, that is why we have been calling it our "Dubuque and beyond trip".
I'm so glad this link got bumped!! My brother lives in Central Iowa and I have to drive right through Dubuque on 151 when I go see him. I can't wait to visit this place! Thanks for all the great pictures and information about it.
I have been hoping forever to find two statues to stand as greeters on our driveway. You know the ones they have of horses rearing? There's a big one always on display at Ornamental Concrete in Fairfax? Well, I want statues in that pose, but Poodles, not horses. Or if I could get two sitting or lying like the big lion ones, (Poodles instead of Lions, of course) that would be okay. I know, it is nuts to think anyone would ever make such a thing, but if anyone ever sees any...
My Loch Ness Monster had wings --I hadbeen looking at her for several years before I took the plunge. Her head is 4 foot tall alone. "Nessie" took 3 vehicles to bring her home including my brother's and Alwaysweeding (Colette) Enabler!
All summer 2005 I kept visiting this winged Assyrian Griffin, hoping the price would go down. I hinted for my family to buy it over & over again. October came and I gave in & bought it secretly. I didn't want to let it go because it was so incredible, but how do I tell my DH I bought ANOTHER statue? (Bill & our daughters went by to buy it a week later for my birthday , but it was already SOLD--to me! Whoops!)
I love archeology & gardening--what a wonderful mix of the two!
Wouldn't it be fun to have the rhino among some really tall grasses? or the hippo in a bed of very large hostas? I think the giraffe would be a kick peeking out over the top of some Japanese maples or peeking through some white pines... LOL