The story of our Muck Rock Mural

There were a few things I absolutely knew I wanted to do when we bought the garden center property a year ago. One was to have miniature donkeys and another was to have a mural painted on the side of our main garden shop building. Like all good things, there was time and planing needed and ten other more urgent projects to deal with.

On Wednesday , I was walking back from the compost pile and staring at the blank wall and for the millionth time dreaming of my mural when I had an epiphany. I remembered seeing my friend posting beautiful graffiti art that someone was doing around town as she was staying in her airbnb. She mentioned in a post that the artist was hanging around Indy as long as there was work for her to do.

I immediately reached out to my friend, she gave me Jules’ number and I texted her. Within minutes we had a text stream going. I sent her a photo of my wall and she was into it. When Jules asked what I wanted painted- I honestly did not know until that moment. I knew I wanted flowers, but I didn’t want a copy of some of the other beautiful work she had done- I wanted something unique to us.

Another epiphany, I wanted pink flowers, and while my fav is peonies and it is the Indiana state flower, they aren’t native. We sell a lot of native plants that our beneficial insects love. All of the sudden I knew I wanted pink cone flowers. I don’t think she had ever painted these before, but she quickly pulled up an image and responded with “lovely.”

She arrived two hours later with her sweet partner and their hound dog, and she immediately started to put an outline up on the wall. It is mesmerizing and inspiring to watch her work. She is super talented, but like all great talent, I know it is from years of practice and hard work. It was a blissful afternoon while we watched our blank wall transform to a colorful field of flowers. Jules gives off positive energy and left us with a high that is just now wearing off after a week.

I am so thankful that she chose to grace us with her presence and art, she gave us a gift that we will enjoy for a very long time. I also love how everything came together quickly and without effort as if it was always supposed to be this way, because it was.

Jules had this done in the first 15 minutes!

Jules had this done in the first 15 minutes!

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Don’t forget the Bees!

Don’t forget the Bees!

Echinacea Purpurea

Echinacea Purpurea