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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.

Patina of Cast Stone Garden Urns and Statuary - Archiped Classics

Patina and Cast Stone Garden Urns and Planters

Weathering is a concern when one is purchasing garden items, especially cast stone pots and planters. Some garden ornaments show tinges of weathering, whereas others develop a patina or have large spots of salt and mineral deposits leach through the walls.

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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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Cast Stone Garden Urns vs Portland Cement Garden Ornaments - Archiped Classics - Dallas, TX

Archiped Cast Stone Versus Portland Cement

Let’s talk about something exciting today. Hmmm… now what could that be? Brexit? Trump vs. Hilary? Flying with a stunt pilot in an airplane that runs out of gas? Mercy, no! The raw material used by Archiped to make its hand cast garden statuary and how it differs from cheapo gray concrete is probably the most fascinating topic that you will find on the Internet today. Oh yes, it’s true. Cast stone is enthralling!

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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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Archiped Makes Planting Flowers in Outdoor Cast Stone Urns and Planters Easy

Fine cast stone planters and pedestalsNot all urns and pots and planters come ready to plant. Anyone could logically think that one could buy a planter, take it home, pour in some dirt, stick in a plant and get ready to hear the oohhs and ahhhs of friends.

Unless you are buying from Archiped, it’s not that easy. Archiped’s cast stone urns and planters all come with drainage holes so that your flowers won’t drown. They don’t have to be emptied in the winter or covered to prevent cracking. You don’t have to add gravel. In fact, you don’t have to do anything. With Archiped cast stone products, you plant it and leave it.™

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Does my Blog about Luxury Garden Urns Make me Sound Like I Flunked English 101?

I’d like for you to know that I do practice correct grammar in my compositions for thank you notes and legitimate articles, even though it’s much more fun to go with a stream of consciousness flow, write in the vernacular, forget that commas exist, put too many…….. and —– where they don’t belong and have v –e – r – y long run on sentences so long that the reader forgets what the sentence is about anyway.

This means that I throw in the kind of words that may not jive with the high-end garden urns and pedestals that we produce and sprinkle some high falutin’ words throughout my blog to catch my readers off-guard.

However, it does create an interesting juxtaposition between the elegant outdoor art that we hand cast and the casual, conversational tone of the blog. At least, I think it’s an interesting juxtaposition. I don’t know if an English professor would agree.

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To Use or Not to Use a Luxor Urn? That is the Question.

People always ask me what it’s like to work with my husband. Well, it’s interesting. We have some feisty fights. Oops! I mean arguments. Double oops! I mean genteel discussions.

No, they’re not about using the Luxor Urn in an ad, because we both like it. It’s more like trying to agree whether the Luxor Urn—or one of our other unique urns or pedestals—has been featured in our print ads too often.

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I, of course, could look through my advertising file, but that would mean that I would actually have to find it in the hard copy netherworld of my personal filing system.

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Do Elegant Urns Match with White Pianos?

“It’s a Hunk a’ Hunk of Burning Love” is a song made famous by …whom? Let me give you a hint: he’s the swinging singer with the swiveling hips who shocked the nation when he appeared on the Ed Sullivan show. Stumped? Well if so, I have a sneaking suspicion that you are under fifty.

Those of us who are, ummm, shall we say mature, know immediately that Elvis Presley made the “Hunk a Hunk of Burning Love” song famous.

Side note: My brother is an Elvis fanatic and when he went to Graceland, he stayed in the Hunk a Hunk of Burning Love room at the hotel across the street. According to the hotel’s website, the Burning Love Suite features a rich, romantic decor (lots of red). It is inspired by Elvis’ 1972 hit record Burning Love and his status as a romantic idol.

I have a sneaking suspicion that our handmade designer urns wouldn’t be the best addition to the Graceland décor or to the Heartbreak Hotel across the street.

Graceland with Elvis inlay

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