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Sent on: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 3:01 PM

Dear Member of the New York Roof Deck and Roof Gardening MeetUp Group,



Hello, I am Robert Wertz, your newest member.  First, I hope Hurricane Sandy spared you…  If you are reading this, I hope that means you are OK.


Question for you… Are most of you interested in landscape gardens or vegetable gardens, or both?


In short, I am a former landscape contractor who set out to find a unique natural stone with which to make self contained fountains.  Because rooftop gardens call for high visual impact with a small footprint, perhaps you may find my work of interest.


Below is our latest “Friend of the Gallery” email newsletter.  Please follow the links in the letter to our web site, our Facebook page and our Youtube videos.  Here is an additional link to a blog post about a garden club event I was invited to a while back. 


Would your group be interested in something like this?


Thanks for your feedback!


Robert Wertz




Dear Friend of Igneous Rock Gallery,


I hope Hurricane Sandy spared you as she did us.  We prepared, and then waited for her impact.  We experienced lots of rain and wind, that’s all.  Although our diesel powered generator was filled and ready, we never lost power.  Did you? 


Sandy reminds me of a storm last summer when everyone except us seemed to lose power.  My then six year old son, Grayson, was disappointed and asked if we could turn off the lights, burn some candles and pretend the power went out


Whether or not the power is out, there is something about a flickering candle fire we all need at some level.  I sometimes forget this and survive long periods absent the benefits.  The very act of lighting a candle reflects a change of mind, a mark in time.  The glowing flame seems to invoke a shift toward tranquility and comfort. 


The ambiance a candle creates is similar to that of water fountains.  Somehow your blood pressure seems to drop a bit and a welcome sense of well being is fostered.  Some of my more serene moments have been enjoyed near my fountain with torches burning.  It’s the next best thing to a bonfire on the beach.  An indoor fountain flanked by candles is a compelling winter alternative.





This time of year most folks are more inclined to purchase our stone candle holders than our fountains.  With this in mind I am offering you a special incentive to obtain your custom fountain now as opposed to waiting until spring.  For us, it makes good business sense to turn our present inventory into winter capital rather than holding it over until spring.  For you, it must be worth your while to act now -- right? 


During the month of November we will waive the standard delivery and installation fee, a typical savings of $500 to $1,000.  In addition we will give you an Igneous Rock Gallery credit valued at ten percent of your purchase.  You may redeem your credit in the form of candle holders or gift certificates, which can be given to others if you so choose.  We have some very nice inventory on hand, both finished fountains and loose columns that can be arranged with your application in mind.  We also have good material with which to create your candle holders.





We have referred to our horizontal candle holders as “Mantle Style”, but they can also be featured as a centerpiece on your dining table.  Recently Chef Donna Marie Desfor (There’s a Chef in My Kitchen) purchased this one to adorn the table in her tasting room.  This is the longest column so far to have been used for a candle holder, and we have several similar pieces in stock.  In addition to oil candle fuel cells the holes can accommodate plants.  At a recent dinner party Donna put tiny greens and flowers in two of the holes and fuel cells in the remaining five holes.  Does this give you any ideas for your Thanksgiving Day table!?





In current inventory we have a beautiful stone column fountain that was presented as dry sculpture at the Chestnut Hill Art Festival in Philadelphia.  To our delight it won first place in the sculpture category!  Our fountains are always designed to hold interest as sculpture apart from water and lighting.  This award affirmed our artistic aspirations in this regard.  Here is a video of our display.  The colors appear a little washed out in the lighting of this video.  Come to the gallery and see it in person while it is still available!


Here is another video of a fountain in current inventory.  It stars my friends Esar (age 8) and his little sister Abeer (age 4)!  If you purchase this fountain sculpture due to their persuasive sales abilities, please let me know so I can give them a commission!





Here is a link to my interview with The Patriot-News, which appeared in yesterday’s issue just inside the back page of the front section.  Amidst the Hurricane Sandy excitement, I wonder how many people actually read it.





This news letter has gotten too long, but it has been quite a while since the last one was sent.  Since then my mother-in-law, Delores Imler, lost her valiant battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and her struggle makes things like this seem trivial.  So take a moment to love on your loved ones while you can…


Until next time,



Robert Wertz

Igneous Rock Gallery

4702 Carlisle Pike

Mechanicsburg, PA 17050


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