About Garden Charms Garden
she couldn't tell her new herbs apart, Jackie Compere
of San Antonio, Texas, invented Garden Charms™. Through
trial and error Jackie found just the right recipe for
rain and heat resistant plant labels. Her pretty terra-cotta
markers quickly became a garden staple among gardeners
all over the U.S. thanks to herb festivals, word-of-mouth
and a serendipitous magazine article. The Garden Charms™
line was then expanded to include frog hide-outs.
After 13 years Jackie decided to pursue other interests
but first she wanted to find someone who would enjoy
creating garden decorations as much as she did. Who
better to carry on the Garden Charms ™ legacy than a
happy customer? Satisfied customer Stephanie Frogge
was eager to take over Jackie's "charming" business.
Same garden markers, same frog hide-outs - but an expanded
line and easy internet access. Read on for the whole
Garden Charms™ story!
seed for Garden Charms ™ was planted in 1992.
Compere of San Antonio, Texas, bought a pot of marjoram
and a pot of oregano…and couldn't tell them apart!
"The plastic tags that came with the pots had broken
off and the nursery didn't have any kind of plant label
or anything that would help me," said Jackie.
"I thought about it for awhile and decided,
'I can make something,' so off I went to a craft store,
bought some stuff and made a couple of labels. They
were great until it rained…then they melted!"
having worked with clay before, Jackie remembers with
a laugh, "I taught myself, so I probably did everything
wrong. I went to a place that would fire clay pieces
for you but they ruined so many - they were like burned
cookies - so I finally bought my own kiln and put it
in my garage."
An avid gardener, Jackie joined her local herb club
where other gardeners began to clamor for their own
began to travel to local herb festivals where, at one
such event, her garden markers caught the eye of a photographer
from Texas Highways.
information about Garden Charms™ appeared in that publication,
gardeners from all over Texas and beyond began to place
their orders. More than 200 plant names and whimsical
sayings became popular with customers.
next inspiration, a frog hide-out, began to take shape
when she remembered a trip to an artist's studio she
took as a Brownie Scout.
"I remember we pressed leaves into soft clay and made
little ashtrays. I had a plant called 'hoja santa' in
my backyard and had often admired its beautiful leaves
with their deep veins and wondered how I could use it."
the process is a bit more complicated than that early
ashtray, it is a real hoja santa leaf serves as the
mold for the clay "roof" on the Garden Charms'™ frog
I liked Jackie's products
so much - I bought her company!
name is Stephanie Frogge. In 1997, when I lived in Fort
Worth, Texas, I met Jackie at the annual Fort Worth
Herb Festival. According to Jackie's records, I bought
three garden markers. As my own herb garden grew so
did my collection of garden markers. Once or twice a
year I would call Jackie with a list of the newest additions
to my garden and she would send me new garden markers.
2005 with newly planted echinacea and germander, I called
Jackie only to learn that she was selling her business!
Oh no!!! What was I going to do for plant labels? What
was I going to give as gifts to all my gardening friends?
Long story short…after after much consideration I became the proud owner of Garden Charms™. We're eager
to continue sharing Jackie's whimsical garden decorations
with garden lovers everywhere and look forward to serving
you. And Jackie hasn't gone far. We frequently talk
on the phone or email one another to catch up or in
my case, to ask for her advice! She says she's "into"
aromatherapy these days and her herb garden reflects
her new interest. So now you know the Garden Charms™
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