"My Etsy shop opened last March. I panicked and named it after my creation, Garden Bon Bons. The Garden Bon Bons are a twist on traditional seed balls which are made of clay, compost and seed. Garden Bon Bons take that concept but tweak the recipe with specially chosen quality seed, organic compost, various colors of clay and ornamental additions of natural pesticides like coffee, cinnamon and pepper. And then the gourmet seed balls are handcrafted to look like chocolates, popped into candy cups in a truffle box, accompanied with a chocolate road map and tied with a bow.
They are liberally labeled with the slogan “This candy is for planting, not for eating!” and are deliberately rustic enough that anyone picking them up should know that they either aren’t real chocolates – or if they once were they are far beyond an expiration date. Still, I hear from people that they have been tempted. They’d get a mouthful of dirt if they did.
So far I’ve rolled out a couple of lines of culinary herbs and herbal teas but ideas for new pairings keep flowing. I do like the name of my etsy shop but the name may not have been smart long-term since there a lot of other concepts I want to explore, concepts that tie in to the garden as a staging ground for play and imagination. I envision making limited edition artisan Bon Bons until I am a very old lady. The grandkids, neighbors and postal carrier will all know what to expect from me each year when they receive their boxes.
I’ve been a landscape architect and a designer all my adult life but this is the first thing I’ve created that no one has ever done before – seed balls are an old tradition but this interpretation is my own. It’s a very satisfying feeling. I like to troll around Etsy and meet other like-minded creative people doing completely incredible art or craft. Its incredibly inspirational."
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