My Great Outdoors: Robert & Sloane's 'Camp Freedonia'

My Great Outdoors: Robert & Sloane's 'Camp Freedonia'

Aaron Able
Jun 26, 2009

Name: Robert & Sloane Cheatham
Location: Smyrna, Georgia
Type of space: Garden

Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: Nestled among asphalt, the pride of 1950's America- strip malls-, and today's fresh 'live, shop. work, shop. die shop' villages, our garden home we call, 'Camp Freedonia' offers refuge from our safe prefab overly packaged world. Twelve years ago, Robert began sculpting this Smyrna Georgia soil around a 1960's ranch house and unleashed a magical world where concrete tentacles laced with mosaic tiles float among lush hydrangeas, hostas, ferns and the unique. We often walk the grounds, while visiting Robert's mother — who owns the home — we tour the grounds, sip our wine, teach our son, Rowan George, about the wonders of nature or burn a fire in the hut's stove. And, of course, weed, plant, grow...

How did you create it? Digging in with shovels, rakes, and sculpting with ferrocement, stone tiles. We did it ourselves — Robert, Sloane and Robert's mother, Martha. Also, Robert built the hut out of scrap materials.

Recommended store, site, product or resource? The garden is mostly found objects, and there are some unique plants from Randy's Greenhouse in Duluth, Georgia.

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