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Planters, Urns, Pots and Drainage

Plant receptacles need to have adequate drainage so that the foliage planted in them will not develop root rot or “drown.”

drainage holes prevent plant root rot

Plant suffering from root rot

For outdoor use, place live plants in containers with drainage holes.  The water will flow through the containers, keeping the plants safe from over-watering.  Additionally, the drainage will stop water from pooling in the pots and keep them from freezing during the winter.  Frozen water will expand and crack the receptacles.

Furthermore, when placing urns on top of pedestals outdoors, we recommend installing drainage holes in the pedestals as well—especially if the pots will be connected to an automatic watering system.  Consequently, the tubes coming out of the side of the pot will be hidden.  In residential installations, however, many homeowners prefer to hand water their plants. In these cases, pedestal drainage holes aren’t necessary.  However, we recommend that all pedestals holding planters with live foliage have holes.

cast stone pedestals and urns with drainage holes

Urns and pedestals should both have drainage holes for outdoor planting.

On the other hand, for those wanting to use the urns and planters indoors, we advise that they NOT have drainage holes to avoid leaking onto inside floors. In these instances, there is a nominal charge for PLUGGING and sealing the pieces.  The most practical way to water these plants is to house the plants in containers that can be easily removed for watering, and then place back in the urns.

watering plants in removeable containers with drainage holes

Place indoor plants in removeable containers for easy watering.

Plant It and Leave It.

Archiped’s slogan is “Plant It and Leave It,” and that applies to drainage.  No rocks needed, no special soil, just “Plant It and Leave It”.

Pristine Cast Stone Perfection

Who Makes Archiped Classics’ Cast Stone Garden Ornaments?

Richard Stanzel

Richard Stanzel

Richard Stanzel,  our Co-Founder and President of Archiped Classics, along with his assistant artisan, personally casts each piece that is produced in our studio.  Finally, after casting, our highly skilled artisan spends an average of four hours in the cast stone hand-finishing process. He meticulously patches air bubbles, sands seams, and puts the finishing touches on each and every piece.

Why Does the Owner Cast Each Bench, Urns, Planters and Statuary? 

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Shelley Stanzel

First and foremost, at Archiped, we insist on quality. Still, after 27 years in business, Richard Stanzel has yet to find anyone whom he believes fully understands the nuance involved with mixing additives, gaging the water temperature during changing seasons, etc. Because of this, he and his wife, Shelley do not want to risk the chance that anyone could possibly make a mistake that would affect the impeccable standards that have come to be expected of Archiped products.  Therefore, Richard makes certain that everything that leaves our studio door is perfect.

 

Why Should I Care Who Makes Archipeds?

Edwin Vasquez, Hand-Finishing Artisan

Edwin Vasquez, Hand-Finishing Artisan

Companies who make high-end cast stone garden ornaments, planters and accessories possess an array of differences.  The key that sets Archiped apart is that everything we make is personally handcrafted by our owner.  To our knowledge, we are the only luxury cast stone company who personally hand makes each piece. Consequently, by providing our customers the opportunity to work directly with our owner, we are able to guarantee them that our products are of consistent quality with meticulous attention to detail.

In addition, it is crucial to us that our customers succeed in placing orders without the worry that the products will not be as advertised or seen in pictures.

Finally, we strive to ensure that Archiped lives to up to its reputation.  As a result, with Richard Stanzel’s hands-on approach, we guarantee pristine quality every time.

Shipping Cast Stone Urns and Garden Statuary

So What’s the Story with Shipping?

In the world of internet shopping, most people don’t think twice about shipping options. You place an order. The seller then sends it via FedEx, UPS, or through the US Postal Service, and it shows up at your door ready to be unpacked and enjoyed.

Shipping furniture and garden statuary, however, is a whole different animal than purchasing a book on Amazon and having it sent to your great-great aunt in Peoria.

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Archiped Classics Finds Concrete Solution in Rapid Set®

Oftentimes, an abundance of talent and vision alone don’t determine a business owner’s success. Many times, it’s sheer tenacity that takes natural ability to great heights. Take, for example, Archiped Classics Inc., the producer of fine cast stone urns, jardinières, pedestals, and garden ornaments for interior and exterior use, headquartered in Dallas.

Richard Stanzel, co-owner of Archiped Classics, began his concrete-based craft nearly 22 years ago with his wife, Shelley. After a promising first 10 years, Stanzel tried using a cement product in the late 1990s that provided some major challenges to their successful business.

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