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The Lore & Legends of Gazing Balls

Garden gazing balls have many names, including garden balls, garden globes, witch balls, butler globes, globe of happiness, and Victorian balls.  They have been in and out of fashion in American yards for close to a century.  The traditional silver ball best accomplishes the purpose of a gazing ball, which is to gather in and reflect the garden.

The lore of gazing balls is as colorful as the balls themselves.  Legend holds that these balls have mysterious powers to bring happiness, good luck, and prosperity and to ward off evil spirits, misfortunes, illness, and witches.  In olden days in England, it was believed that the mirrored surface of witching balls, kept indoors would protect the house from witches.

In Victorian times, the butler ball served as a mirror for servants to see when guests needed assistance without having to stare at them throughout a meal.  In the South, gazing balls placed strategically near the front gate, allowed the owners to see who was coming, providing time to gather refreshments or to hide if it was necessary.
We have high gloss colored gazing balls.  They are available in red, green, and the ever-popular blue.  Place them in a garden area where they will add color and artistic touches.  Use them in a flower bed or tuck them under a lush green plant.  Available in different sizes they look lovely when mixed with colors & sizes

Post Last Updated: 9/18/2023 2:19:08 PM 
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5/7/2020 8:53:44 AM 
Arizona Pottery 5/7/2020 8:53:44 AM 
Hi Dave, We are out of stock on all gazing balls.

Dave treinen 5/4/2020 12:24:52 PM 
How do I order blue gazing balls and what are they made of

Arizona Pottery 3/7/2017 8:23:52 AM 
Hi Cindy, I am sorry but we have sold out of these gazing balls and are searching for a new supplier. Will keep you posted when we find one. We do however still have green left in stock if that would work.

Cindy Edmonds 3/7/2017 8:14:48 AM 
How do I purchase the large blue garden balls

Lucy Chavez 6/8/2016 8:34:02 AM 
Please send me pricing for Garden Spheres  Go to this link for the website

michelle love 4/14/2015 11:08:39 AM 
do you have any clear or colored gazing balls in stock in Scottsdale? what size and how much?  I am sorry Michelle, we do not. Try Home Goods. They are all over the tri county area.

Arizona Pottery 4/13/2015 8:05:22 AM 
Sorry but we don''t ship outside the United States.

carmen stephene 4/11/2015 5:58:58 PM 
Do u ship to the uk

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