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DIY Bunny Rabbit Topiary From Tomato Cage!

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My fingers are still tender from working on my DIY bunny rabbit topiary made from a repurposed tomato cage and floral netting!

After trying six different design approaches for the bunny topiary, I finally settled on using a tomato cage as a support.

You can't beat the 2 dollar price tag and the small tomato cage frame is the perfect size to fit a 1 or 5 gallon size plant.

And so, I presented my design on the Home and Family show on the Hallmark channel where I appear as the garden design expert.


I love the challenge of coming up with new ideas and garden design projects every week for the show.

The bunny topiary was a challenge because it had to be easy enough for most people to do, use inexpensive materials, and be structurally viable.

I was excited when I finally thought of using a tomato cage and estatic when I put it together and it actually looked kind of cute!


Want to make one?

Here we go.


Materials for Shirley's DIY Bunny Rabbit Topiary From Tomato Cage 

  • Small tomato cage (used as topiary support)
  • 4 packs of green floral wire netting by  Panagea  12" x 48"-inches ( $3 each Joann's)
  • 1 pack 22g green floral wire
  • 1 lightweight plant container
  • 1- 5-gallon African Boxwood plant (SEE NOTE)
  • 3- 4"-inch English Daisies
  • 1-4"-inch Festuca blue- (to use as bunny's tail)
  • 1-pack "sew on eyes" (.50 cents at Joann's)
  • Sphagnum moss

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NOTE: Use an evergreen plant for a topiary frame so it looks good year-round.

Select plants with small leaves and dense, green foliage that looks good when sheared.

Examples include boxwood, myrtle, syzygium, laurel, privet, rosemary, ivy, creeping fig vine.

Buy compact varieties of these plants for small topiaries and regular growing varieties for large landscape topiaries.


Create the Bunny Topiary Frame

  1. Check  that your inverted tomato cage fits over your plant and sits on the soil of the container.
  2. Remove your tomato cage from plant and wrap with floral netting, securing with floral wire beginning at the base of cage and work your way up.
  3. Pull your netting as you wrap it around so that it is not loose.
  4. Cut off the metal stakes that stick up from the tomato cage with wire cutters.
  5. Place the covered tomato cage carefully over your plant.
  6. Reuse the cut metal stakes to secure the cage to the planter by bending them in half and inserting in soil.
  7. Cut a 8"-10"- inch piece of netting and press it on top of a round object to curve it- this will become the top of the bunny head.
  8. Secure the netting to the top of the topiary form, closing the gap and creating the top of the "head"
  9. Cut another 8-10"-inch netting and shape on top of round object- this will become the bunny's face.

10.Secure the "bunny face to the top of the frame and "head"

Add Appendages



Cut 2 pieces of netting 8"-inches tall by 6"-inches wide.

Fill each piece with moist moss and fold in half lengthwise.

Close with wire and attach to frame with wire.

Bend feet upwards.



Cut 2 pieces of netting, approx 4"-inches tall by 6"-inches wide.

Fill each with moss and fold in half lengthwise.

Close with wire and attach to frame with wire.



Cut two pieces of netting, 12"-inches tall by 6"-inches wide.

Fill each with moss and fold in half lengthwise.

Close with wire and attach to frame with wire.



  1. Attach the "Sew on Eyes" with a piece of wire onto the "face" 
  2. Plant the Festuca grass where the bunny tail would be.
  3. Plant a few English Daisies along the rim of planter
  4. Finish with a hand painted sign that reads: "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" 




Watch the video of my segment on Home and Family





Legacy Plants: Cloning Your Plants on Home & Family Show


My latest segment on "Home & Family" show is about "Legacy Plants," or special plants that have been passed to others through cloning.

There is nothing new about taking cuttings to multiply a plant but what is unique about my Legacy Plant design is the way the plants are shared.


Take a Closer Look!



Instead of handing over a cutting of your special plant in a plastic bag or in a small growing pot, create a "gift package" that elevates your plant to heirloom status.

I know I would treat a gift plant with much more importance if it looked like the plant in the photo above.


Legacy Plant Gift Kit

Place your plant cutting into a beautiful container after it has grown a decent size.

Don't leave it in your plastic grow pot.



I blinged out my plant with sheet moss and decorative shells.


An important feature of the Legacy Plant kit is a framed photograph of the plant and the plant owner that accompanies the gift plant.

In addition to this, I designed a custom plant tag that tells the story of the plant including the year the plant was first received, the occasion, and the person who received it!

The materials are from Michaels Craft store. 

Popsicle stick glued to a pre-shaped wood marquee and painted copper.

The inscription was printed on computer paper and Mod Podged over the marquee.


No one will ever forget the significance of your Legacy Plant when it comes with these details.

Take a look at more Legacy Plant packages and start passing on your treasured plants!


African Violet with photo and plant tag.

I displayed the plant with a cute "Pass it On" decorative piece I had made with birch tree slices and etched ink.


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Closeup of African Violet gift tag.



I love the textured photo frame that compliments the rugged container holding the Arrowhead or Nephtitis plant.



Closeup of the Legacy Plant custom tag.


Watch my gardening segment on Home and Family, titled, "Creating Legacy Plants for Generations to Come" as seen

For instructions on multiplying a geranium, read Propagating Geraniums by Taking Cuttings.

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I'll post an article on cloning your plants as seen on the show, shortly!



See you soon!


“Home & Family” Show Season Two- Behind The Scenes!

Shirley, Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines with actress Deidre Hall of Days of Our Lives on the Home and Family Show

Appearing as a regular on the Home & Family show, which airs on the Hallmark channel is a full time job for me.

Many hours go into preparing a garden segment, but once I'm on the set, addrenaline takes over and there's more than enough energy to get the job done.

Take a look at some behind the scene photos of my recent appearances on the show which is now in it's second season.


By the way, it's a wonderful cast and we have a good time together.



One of the most colorful personalities on the show is Chef Favio Viviani of Firenze Osteria and Cafe Firenze in Studio City and Moorpark California.

You may know Favio from his appearance on season 5 of Bravo’s hit reality series Top Chef in 2008, earning the “Fan Favorite” title. 

Viviani returned to Bravo in 2010 to compete in their Top Chef All Stars edition and a spinoff culinary reality show, Life After Top Chef.



Co-Hosts, Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines are great friends off camera and get together often for family events.


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If you're a parent who seeks out medical advice for your children, you've probably heard of Dr. Jim Sears.

Dr. Jim Sears is a pediatrician and co-host of the Emmy-nominated TV show "The Doctors."


Dr. Sears has co-authored several books that have become go-to guides for parents, including The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood, Father’s First Steps — 25 Things.

He's joined in this photo by up-and-coming-crafter and lifestyle expert, Jessie Jane of LilyShop.



Jill Simonian, (to my left) is a charismatic and talented entertainment reporter-turned-mommy blogger and consumer reporter.

She blogs at The Fab Mom and presents segments of interest to parents and women who are returning to work outside of the home.


To my right is New York Time's bestselling author, Sophie Uliano, healthy beauty advocate, and passionate environmentalist.

Check out Sophie's book and blog at  "Gorgeously Green."

Sophie shares the latest information on eco-friendly beauty products and solutions for organic living.



Daytime soap opera fans will recognize the tall, dark and handsome actor, Galen Gering of "Days of Our Lives" to my left.

Galen and his castmate Deidre Hall were on the Home & Family show to promote their new book, "Days of Our Lives Better Living: Cast Secrets for a Healthier Balanced Life."



I especially enjoyed meeting fellow gardener, Cindy Davison of the online shop, The Succulent Perch.

Cindy and her boyfriend, Kevin drove down from San Diego to Sudio City the night before taping so she could get up bright and alert and prepare for her first national television appearance!

Congratulations Cindy and kudos on your gorgeous pumpkin succulent planters that you presented to an enthusiastic crew.

The secret to Cindy's long lasting pumpkin planter is that she glues moss and succulent cuttings directly to the top of a Cinderella pumpkin….

..No cutting!

Once you cut a pumpkin, it begins to degrade and rots within a week or two.

Cindy says that her pumpkin planters can last up to six months, so it sounds like solid advice.


Shirley, Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines with actress Deidre Hall of Days of Our Lives on the Home and Family Show

"Days of Our Lives" leading lady Deidre Hall joined Galen Gering to talk about their new book and stuck around for a number of segments including the highlight of my day- the carmel apple making segment!

I can't believe that I made my first caramel apple EVER on television!


Cristina Ferrare wrote a blog post that includes information about the "out-of-this-world" caramel she used on the show.

MMMM…mmm good.



It was a pleasure to meet the handsome, Dr. Courtney Campbell, a fun-loving veterinarian with a great TV presentation style!

Dr. Campbell's segment on how to do a mini physical on your dog at home was filled with useful information.

It's a good feeling to be equipped with basic knowledge about caring for my dogs.

I won't worry anymore when my dog's nose is dry.


Follow The Experts From "Home & Family" Show on Twitter!

Here's a few of the experts I've worked with recently on the show and their Twitter handles.


Christina Ferrare @CristinaCooks

Mark Steines @MarkSteines

Sophie Uliano @SophieUliano

Jessie Jane @JessieDIY

Tanya Memme @Tanya_Memme

Kym Douglas @KymDouglas

Jill Simonian @JillSimonian

Ken Wingard @KennethWingard

Fabio Viviani @FabioViviani

Shirley Bovshow @EdenMaker

There are others and I'll post their information along with photos from future segments!


Video Tour of The “Home & Family” Show House Taped at Universal Studios!

Home and Family Show website on the Hallmark Channel


I'm honored to be the resident garden designer and "family member" for the Emmy-nominated show, "Home & Family" airing on the Hallmark channel, Monday through Friday at 10 AM PST.

The live, two-hour show is led by Mark Steines, (E Entertainment) and Cristina Ferrare, (super model, celebrated cook, author and TV host).


cast of home & family show with Mark Steines, host, Shirley Bovshow, Jill Simonian, Sophie Uliano and Sandie Newton


What makes this show unique is that it is taped in a REAL house that was built specifically for this home and family entertainment/how-to magazine show at Universal Studios in Hollywood, Ca.

Just as every home as multiple rooms and family members living in the house, so does the show.


Shirley Bovshow, garden designer with Cristina Ferrare for the Home & Family Show

On any given day, there are segments presented by the resident, expert family members for cooking, crafts, DIY, gardening, (me!), beauty, health, mommy, parenting, and more!

You can expect a celebrity guest or two to drop in every day so you can keep up with popular culture.


If you are looking for a home and garden TV talk show,  check out the Home & Family show on Hallmark channel, and record it so you can enjoy it during your time of rest without interruptions! 

There is no show like it.


I'll see you at the HOUSE!


String Gardens By Shirley on Home & Family Show!

Shirley Bovshow creates a string garden or kokedama on the Home and Family Show, Hallmark Channel

Dear Friends,

I invite you to watch my gardening segment on the Hallmark Channel show, "Home & Family" airing on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 at 10AM EST.

Have you ever wanted to make a "string garden" but didn't know how to do it?

I'll be demonstrating the basics on the show and writing a step by step blog post later this week for you to enjoy.


String gardens are "no-container" hanging plants and are also known as "kokedama" planting arragements.

These unique hanging plants are expensive when bought but very inexpensive to make!


Set your recorders for the "Home & Family" show, and if you like what you see, please post a comment on the Hallmark Channel discussion forum!

Check your local listings for broadcast time in your area.


Shirley Bovshow guest appearance on Home and Family Show with Host, Christina Ferrare. Presenting on String Gardens, Jan 29, 2013


The Home & Family show is a unique talk show centered on home and family topics!

Hosts, Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines welcome experts from every facet of lifestyle including cooking, crafts, design, gardening, relationships, celebrities, fashion and more!

Let the producers know how much you appreciate seeing gardening segments on the show.

Look for Home & Family on Facebook too!






Vertical Herb Garden: Living, Spinning Spice Rack

Shirley Bovshow's "Living Spice Rack" that spins and is portable.

You can make a vertical herb garden, a "living spice rack" that spins, using a repurposed tomato cage!

Vertical gardens are very popular these days because it allows you to free up your floor space without sacrificing space for gardening.

One of my favorite pasttimes is coming up with ideas to repurpose materials in the garden that most gardeners already have.

This is the case with my "Living Spice Rack" design.


Materials For Shirley Bovshow's Living Spice Rack

I imagined a lightweight, portable, and affordable vertical garden system to grow lots of herbs indoors, during the winter, or outdoors yearlong in mild climate areas.


1. Tomato Support Cages

I had to look no further than my metal tomato cage which was on it's way to the garden shed once tomato season was over.



The tomato cage with its gridlike design and sturdy composition is the perfect structure to hold a number of metal hanging baskets filled with herbs!



If you prefer wood, you can use an inexpensive wood vegetable support trellis like this one- cost $6


2. Casters and Plant Dollies

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Casters and plant dollies, ($15 +) are the centerpiece of the living spice rack, enabling you to spin and move the rack as needed!



Buy some metal planting baskets and cocoa liner and fill them with your favorite herbs before attaching to the tomato cage with gardening tape.

The baskets should wedge into the tomato cage openings, mine are snug.

Make sure to select the right size metal planter by checking to see that it isn't too large or small for the opening.

That's it!


Watch Video: "Vertical Herb Garden That Spins and Functions Like a "Living Spice Rack!"

Watch the videos of the Living Spice Rack that I did for my "Way to Grow" show on Digs channel and take a look at the segment I did for the Home & Family Show on

the Hallmark channel recently!



  • If using indoors, make sure to place a saucer underneath the large, main planter to catch draining water.
  • Water your living spice rack starting at the top so that the overflow water will drain onto the planters underneath it.
  • Select a large container to hold the tomato cage. It should be wide so that the rack is not top heavy and topples.
  • Spin your herb rack every few days for even sunlight exposure.
  • Enjoy!



Winter Herbs and Greens for Your Living Spice Rack

  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Chives
  • Sage
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Arugula
  • Radicchio
  • Lettuce varieties
  • Kale
  • Swiss Chard
  • Rosemary

Worm Composting with Shirley Bovshow on “Home & Family” Show


Want to learn how to make a worm composting bin and start transforming your food scraps into nutritious garden compost?

Watch the "Home & Family Show" on Monday, November 12, 2012 between 9 AM and 11 AM PST on  the Hallmark channel.



I'm back as their on-camera landscape designer and gardening coach and will be demonstrating how to make a "starter" vermi composting system.

So, don't throw away your food scraps and coffee grounds!


In case you don't know what vermi composting is, it's the amazing process where worms and micro organisms transform food waste and organic matter such as newspapers, cardboard or straw into the most nutritious garden compost available!

All you have to do is  prepare a suitable living environment for them and they'll reward you with their castings- "worm poop!"


Get started worm composting this Fall so you'll be ready for the Spring- those worm castings are "gardener's gold!"



Detailed, Step By Step Instructions for Building a Red Worm Compost Bin!


Place Worm Compost Bin in Shaded Area

If you dropped in to Eden Makers via the Hallmark Channel Home and Family show "How To" page and want to see detailed information about building a vermi compost bin, read "How to Build a Red Worm Compost Bin: Vermi Composting."

The article has detailed photos and a video I made for my "Way to Grow" gardening series.

Please subscribe to the show and learn to garden.

New videos are posted weekly on Fridays on the "Digs" channel on Youtube.




Watch Shirley's step by step video on how to build a red worm composting bin!