Cedar House Inn and Yurts has found a new way to recycle wine bottles. We have created bottle trees and shrubs. In the past we took our glass wine bottles to have them recycled. On television we noticed that a PBS show had a feature on making bottle trees.
Apparently bottle trees originated in Africa. People thought that evil spirits would fly up the neck of the bottle and become trapped. For a complete history about bottle trees visit this web site
We made ours out of fence posts you can purchase at the local lumber yard or Home Depot. We used long nails or gutter spikes to hang the bottles on the trunk.
We try to use wine bottles that guests leave in their room recycling bins. Many of the bottles are from the area local wineries as seen on the labels. Wolf Mountain is a favorite because they do not use paper labels that come off the bottle after being outside on the tree for a period of time. Their label is embossed or etched into the glass.
My wife really gets excited when a guest leave a Reisling bottle since they are always a vivid blue color. One guest years ago was a huge University of Georgia fan and also a graduate. He was excited because he found Bulldog wine in a bulldog red bottle. He shared the wine with us and we all agreed that the wine was not that good but the bottle was great! That bottle still maintains the top position of one of our wine bottle trees.
Bottle trees do need periodic care. Mainly pruning and cleaning. By pruning we replace old dirty bottles with missing labels with new bottles. Those Wolf Mountain bottles with the etched labels are cleaned and put back on the tree.
The great thing about the trees is that the never need watering and are always colorful. The are very pretty in the sunlight and sometimes make a slight ringing sound on windy days.
Bottle trees are a great recycling idea that adds a little art and color to the yard.
For more information on our eco friendly practices visit our green page.