Lake Redwine Garden Club visits Casa Montano
Fourteen members and one guest attended the Lake Redwine Garden Club’s recent visit to Casa Montano in Fairburn.
The trip March 11 served as the group’s monthly gathering. They couldn’t have picked a more beautiful day to travel and see beautiful garden decorations, said member Maggie Coxe. They met at the community Club House and traveled to Casa Montano at 81-A Dodd Street in Fairburn. When they arrived at Casa Montano they were greeted by owner Carlos Montano. He began by telling the group his story about when he came to America from Mexico when he was around thirteen. He was brought to America to create elaborate ornamental trims.
When that business grew out of vogue, he began creating outdoor garden ornaments which he still sells today. All the molds he uses are made by his brother.
Montano also explained how he uses oncrete because it’s more durable outside than terra cotta, as well as discussing the different colors and stains that he uses in and on his creations. They also make concrete fireplace mantels by special order. They are open to the general public, but visitors need to call ahead at 770-969-6466 first to make sure he is there and available. Montano doesn’t sign his original pieces because he was once told early in his career his talent was a gift from God and no other recognition should be needed.
The Garden Club members said they all left inspired by not only the beauty of his pieces but also by his true spirit, said Coxe. Montano gave them all a bunny ornament as a parting gift. One item in the Casa Montano collection was a concrete bench, which the Garden Club all agreed would be a wonderful addition to the Lake Redwine Plantation’s landscape. They all voted that they would purchase the bench pending approval from the Lake Redwine Plantation Board of Directors. After all of the members’ purchases were made they headed to Oz Pizza, also in Fairburn, for lunch.