Aug 5th, 2015

Up-Cycled Bikes & Other Gifts

Tiny bike with wheels make of bottle caps.

Up-cycled bottle caps take a turn as wheels on this tiny bike. ($10.95)

When is a bottle cap not a bottle cap? When it’s up-cycled into a tiny wheel for a miniature bicycle, available in Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Garden Shop as part of our celebration of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships. We’re all geared for September 20, 2015, when the elite men’s and elite women’s team time trial events will start at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

coaster, plate, coffee mug and serving tray with bicycle motifs

Set a bike-themed party table with a tray ($49.95), mugs ($9.95), plates ($20.95) and coasters. ($10.95)

Throwing a race party? Set the table with bike-themed tableware, coasters, trays and napkins. Planning to watch the race from the sidelines? Don’t forget to wear your bicycle print T-shirt. (Or, for a more sophisticated look, your bike-patterned cotton scarf or silk neck tie.) And pack everything you need for the day in a leather messenger bag printed with a vintage bicycle pattern.

Scarves, neck ties and a tote bag all decorated with bike motifs.

Cotton infinity scarves ($16.95), leather messenger bags ($72) and silk neck ties ($45) are all festooned with vintage cycling imagery.

When your team wins, toast to victory in glasses sporting a bicycle motif. Pick up an autographed copy of “On Richmond’s Wheel, A Celebration of Cycling” for your favorite cyclist and present it in wrapping paper festooned with bikes. Or treat yourself to what Baltimore artist Erin DeLong calls “Color Wheels,” garden art made from recycled bike wheels. Bespoke             3-D collages of vintage glass plates wedged between wheel spokes, her pieces catch and color light as they revolve in the sun.

Recycled bike wheels decorated with vintage glass plates.

Vintage glass plates adorn the spokes of recycled bike wheels on Erin DeLong’s “Color Wheels.” ($175)

You’ll find all of this and more in the Garden Shop, where we have collected bike themed jewelry, textiles, holiday tree ornaments and calendars, wall art, garden accessories, clocks and hand soap: a peloton (pack) of presents in a range of price points to help you celebrate the race in style.

See other activities the Garden has planned during the week of the Worlds.


Small bike made of re-purposed forks and spoons.

Re-purposed forks and spoons work together to make a miniature bike. ($36.95)

Volunteer Susan Higgins writes about what she learns and loves in the Garden.

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