Arbors and Entries

Mother’s garden is famous for its arbors and entry ways. Her gardens have always had arches of some sort or another that mark the entrance and invite you in to her home out of doors. Walking through one, you have made a decision to enjoy yourself – smell a flower, feel a velvet petal, taste a sun warmed berry, or even create a bouquet…
The grape arbor- over 20 feet long, you must walk under this each time you arrive at the house. Peonies border one side, an enthusiastic spring bulb bed welcomes you on the other, while grapes are establishing themselves up the supports, and morning glories take over in late summer.
The wedding arbor – mom and I split the cost of this lovely wrought iron arbor, over 9 ft tall, at an antique store 5 years ago. The deal was, she got to use it in her garden, I got to have it in my wedding. It has faithfully fulfilled its duties in two gardens, my wedding, and the reception! ๐Ÿ™‚

The entrance to her newest garden (yet un-named?) – the posts are in place, the rock wall supporting, and a lavender hedge establishing a lovely border along the stone path. All the stone work is done by mom.

The Children’s Garden (Anneke Grace, Proprietor) hosts this whimsical arch created from bent saplings, with a lush grape vine to shade the old deacon’s bench.

Not really an arbor, this is nevertheless an inviting view off the front porch – of our flag day party the other night.

7 responses to “Arbors and Entries”

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  2. Anonymous Avatar

    Your mom’s gardens are lovely. I would love to see them someday. She has obviously put a lot of work into them! Does she actually have a business selling plants? Kateri (I am the one who left an anonymous comment on another post–I guess I need to figure out how to get an account or my own blog!)

  3. Natalie_S Avatar

    Those are wonderful gardens. I'd love to have something like that someday, but I'm none too certain about the greenness of my thumbs ๐Ÿ˜€ For now I make do with a few pots on our apartments patio.

  4. Trina Avatar

    Kristi! welcome!!! Yes, it was Joel who built mom's first arbor, way back on the homestead. We all love them now. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Stephanie – thanks for stopping by! As far as treatements to the wood for the arbors, it depends on what style and wood you are using. Most of mom's earlier arbors were simply made of twigs and saplings (like the one in the children's garden). They were used fresh from the woods, and can last 5-8 years, in our experience. Her more substantial creations have been with some dimensional beams, heavy nails and screws – we are hoping these will last much longer. She has not treated any of the wood that I am aware.

  5. Stephanie Avatar

    I have always loved your mothers gardens!!I hope I can be that creative someday.Do you have to do anything special to the wood before you make the arbor?What do you use to hold them together?

  6. Laney Avatar

    Comment! HA! I'm back in the land of the living! Your brother gets this gene from your mother….I now have cedar posts and a start of a fence around my house….what shall be next!! <3 auntlaney

  7. Serena Avatar

    Oh my! What beauty!

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