Living IN THE GARDEN 2

Outdoor Fabrics

BY ERIN KAPPELER PHOTOGRAPHY BY WEBB CHAPPELL LOCATION: TOWER HILL BOTANIC GARDEN’S ORANGERIE

We all know that the primary joy of gardening lies in getting our hands in the dirt, but there is also much happiness to be found in sitting back and admiring our handiwork. To enhance this enjoyment, consider bringing a bit of the inside outdoors. With new high-tech acrylic fabrics, your garden can become a true extension of your house. So grab a pillow, a hammock, and a good gardening book and take in the smells, sounds, and sights of your garden.

Be daring in your use of color-mix throws and pillows by different manufacturers for a vibrant, unique look. This hand-woven throw is made of Sunbrella, a sun-, mildew-, and fade-resistant fabric. Order at www.textillery.com. Pillows are made of Jab Anstoetz fabrics by Stroheim and Romann; visitwww.stroheim.com.

At a Glance: Solution Dyeing

Many outdoor fabric makers tout the fact that their fabrics are solution-dyed, but what does this mean for consumers? Basically, it means that your fabric will not fade easily. Indoor fabric is dyed while the fibers are in a solid state, when the fabric is recognizable as such. Solution dyed fabrics are dyed during manufacturing while the acrylic fibers are still in a liquid state. Dyes are thus integrated more firmly into the fabric, making a fade-resistant product.

Keeping it Clean

Most out door fabrics benefit from a monthly cleaning. Simply hose off the fabric with clear water and allow to air dry. Outdoor products generally need a more thorough cleaning with mild soap every two to three years. Your fabrics will last longer and wear better if you store them indoors or out of the elements when not in use.

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