Back in 1993 when vinyl was still very new to the fence industry, I helped a friend install a vinyl fence. Studying the post, I remember thinking that there must be a lot more I could do with that post than just use it to support a fence.
I started to think about the attributes of the post and the material. It was made to weather the elements in outdoor applications and was strong enough to hold up a fence. It was also hollow, decorative, never needs painting and is impervious to rot.
So I started to think about using the vinyl as an outdoor container, filling it with seed or flowers – and my imagination.
After that, I took a small piece and started to play with some ideas, cutting out a decorative design, capping the top, putting a base on the bottom, installing a hanging chain on top; and so was born the dreamy tray bird feeder.
This was my first product and the start of a new interest in my life. Little did I know then just how much of my time and effort would be devoted to it as the business grew.
Once I saw the birds loving the open sides and just flocking to get to the food, I decided to elaborate on the concept of the vinyl post as a container. Next came the planter.
By making the lower portion a few inches deeper, enlarging the drainage hole in the base and elongating the cut-out design, I found myself with another new product: the dreamy planter.
This product proved to be quite versatile as you could simply put a 4″ pot into the opening and let the plant grow and trail in the pot, or you could layer the base with stone for drainage, and then add the soil and the plant so you are able to grow the plant directly inside the planter.
Another use for the planter is to decorate it with silks or artificial plants for a more permanent display.
Next came variety, I designed a new cut out called the “Gothic style ” and turned it into a feeder and a planter.
As the vinyl industry grew, a greater selection of bases and tops became available. That meant I could interchange my designs with these and create a whole range. I decided to make a more high end planter and also developed my first tube feeder.
At the time I was also a woodworking hobbyist, but I realized I had created a vinyl product that people liked and wanted to own, so I put fourth the effort to make more designs, start an official business, and participate in arts and craft shows with my mixed media product line.
This was the start of Sadler Garden Collections. We now have a large array of different products (far more than are pictured here) and, as the vinyl industry changes, so my imagination goes into overdrive! More products to follow.
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