New Concepts to be Unvieled at WestEdge Design Fair


Critique time! We at The Horticult are presenting my plant-centered designs next Saturday, October 5th at 5:30pm at the WestEdge Design Fair. We’re sharing the stage with designer and HGTV ‘Curb Appeal’ star John Gidding and expecting a lively conversation! I’m currently in production and getting set to unveil 4+ new designs next Saturday. It’s all a matter of how fast I can pump out the prototypes at MakerPlace. More details on The Horticult here. We invite you to attend!

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Correction: How to Display an American Flag

Amid all the running around and prepping for last week’s photo shoot for The New York Times, I unintentionally displayed our American flag incorrectly. Being a reservist and a proud civil servant, I should not have made this mistake! Here is a great resource on how to respectfully display the American flag in any situation. I sincerely apologize for overlooking this detail.

Very Respectfully,

Ryan Benoit

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Thank You, New York Times!

The Horticult in The New York Times, August 8, 2013.

It’s truly surreal to see my work from over the past four years featured in The New York Times ! While building our furniture and designing our outdoor space, I never imagined that I’d be able to share it with so many people. I hope this story inspires others to make their spaces their own — and not limit themselves to what they can find at stores. Soon I’d like to offer products in my own store, so stay tuned! Thanks for visiting. —Ryan Benoit

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No, I haven’t dropped off the face of the planet! My wife Chantal and I have been building since September of last year and it has consumed almost every minute of free time that we’ve had. Apparently, designing and coding a website can be more involved than designing and building a succulent table!

Back at my full time job as a port engineer, we just put my ship in drydock!

On all fronts, I can say it’s been the busiest spring of my life. It has been an adventure building our garden blog, and now I’m looking forward to giving my design site some care and attention. Stay tuned for official launch announcement!

More importantly, it’s time to get back to my new workshop at Maker Place San Diego. With a couple new 3D printers and a new C&C plasma cutter my capabilities are expanding!


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Ironwood Homecoming

Ironwood Homecoming

It’s not every day you stumble across a piece of desert ironwood (Olneya tesota) of such striking size and complexity. I couldn’t turn down the offer from a coworker to take home this ironwood section and find some use for it.  It took four people to load it into my car; it took one person, now with back pain, to offload it. Ironwood is a desert wood notorious for being one of the hardest and heaviest woods in the world and is also known to be not so friendly to your carbide tips. Ironwood’s heartwood is rich in toxic chemicals that make it extremely rot-resistant — that’s right, non-biodegradeable wood! (Well, persisting up to 1,600 years.)

I’m still undecided on how to repurpose this — chair or table or something else? But whatever it becomes, “It will be on wheels,” says…my lower back.

Barstow Campsite

Campsite in Barstow, CA.  Barstow is lush with desert takeaways such as this dried brush.   It’s now spray-painted silver and complements the red rock pebble landscaping near our fireplace. Souvenir from BLM land.