Garden gates are one of my favorite architectural features in a landscape. They pack a lot of personality in a small space, plus provide needed access to and from the garden. Aside from their practicality and lovely aesthetics, something about them intrigues people. Are they charming and stately leaving a passersby to wonder what lies beyond the gate,
or are they politely standoffish
keeping visitors at bay? We’ve collected images of our favorites to share, nothing too taxing to contemplate this summer day.
as seen on Historic Garden Week tour in Glenbrooke Hills
(above and below) as seen on Historic Garden Week tour of Byrd Park
disguising compost pile
fGp’s garden gate as seen at the Westover Autumn Pilgrimage
Which is your favorite gate?
Garden gates are the inspiration for many a poem. I couldn’t find a short and sweet poem that captures the essence of these beauties, so I wrote one myself.
Come on in or you stay out! That’s what each garden gate seems to shout. Am I frozen here Just for show, Or can I swing open To and fro? My job in the garden Is quite the task. How am I at once pretty and strong You may ask. I’m on the fence So to speak. The only one to see both sides, My position is quite unique. Do drop by again. I’d love to have a chat About the lovely duty I have Protecting my garden habitat.
I think I’ll stick with my day job.
June 11, 2014