Back in the 1930s, it was found that some Alpine plants grew well in tufa, a porous rock formed when water seeps through limestone. Tufa was scarce and expensive, so a few gardeners worked to find an inexpensive and accessible alternative.
The product they came up with is called hypertufa. Hypertufa is similar to concrete, but lighter and more porous. You can use it to make planters in whatever size or shape you need.
Anne Brierley of the Parkside area of Buffalo is great fun as she takes us through the steps of this messy but fun gardening craft.
In the video below, Brierley gives us a hypertufa demonstration in her basement studio. She has a small business called Steps and Stones where she makes hypertufa pots and garden decorations. (She has no website, but you can find her in the phone book.)
For more on this subject, Brierley suggests the book Creating and Planting Troughs by Joyce Fingerut and Rex Murfitt.
Brierley had so much great information that we couldn’t squeeze it all into one video. In our next issue on Jan. 22, we’ll have another short video with more of her tips. See you next year!