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Friday, April 20, 2012

The Evolution of a Garden Gate

Please bear with me if I seem to be documenting all the little minutiae of the changes that have been going on in my garden altely. I hope I'm not boring all of you!

I knew before they installed the new gravel garden that I wanted a new garden gate and fence between the front and back. It would be hard, if not impossible, to install this retroactively, after the new garden was in. The old gate was too narrow and to me, it looked cheap. It was still functional, none of the wood was rotten, but it was cedar painted to look like redwood. I wanted cedar that looked like cedar.

While in the "dreaming of" state, I pinned lots of examples of gates that I loved -- here, and here, and here, and here. I also have lots of pins of old gates, cool gates made of repurposed doors, etc. I love that kind of stuff. But they didn't seem like the right fit for my still basically brand new garden.

I don't have very good before photos.

You can see the old "faux redwood" gate and fence in the back of this photo.

Here are the old panels that were set aside after they were removed.

The new plan called for the gate to have stone pillars on each side, so new foundations had to be dug out and poured for those.

Then the pillars were constructed from cinder blocks.

For a while, that's all there was while the gravel garden went in.

Then the gate construction began.

The contractor took over my garage for several days.

Now, finally, I can unveil the new gate and fence!

The gate has a stained glass window in it, which I found at an antique store in a nearby town.

And the fence has these scrolly iron see-through windows.

You can see into the garden through the stained glass window. The beveled pieces of stained glass act like prisms.

And when you look through the scrolly iron windows from the other side, you can see the almost finished gravel garden (it just needs gravel mulch)

Voila! The gate!

And the fence panel!

The whole shebang!

And here it is from the other side.

The view through my new garden gate


  1. Oh my! An absolutely beautiful job, well done! I love the stone pillars, and the stained glass and scroll work really make this a unique fence and gate for your garden. Just lovely!

  2. Sweeet! Not boring at all. I am loving watching your garden evolve.

  3. Gorgeous! Hope to see it in person some day!!

  4. One of the finest gstes and fences I have seen! Kudos, Very inspiring.

  5. How beautiful!!! Those windows, just beautiful!!

  6. That is amazing! I don't believe I've seen a prettier garden gate and matching fence. Honestly Allison, well done!

  7. That is incredible! I am in love. What a great way to reuse materials.

  8. Oh my gosh - that is gorgeous! totally stunning, and I love the way that path curves off to the side, inviting you in. Stain glass and open scroll-work - you are so clever to imagine all this and then put it all together. I am sure many people are going to be pinning this :)

  9. Absolutely beautiful! I can't even figure out where to begin...absolutely beautiful.

  10. Holy Shit! That is seriously amazing, Alison. The stained glass inlay is soooo cool. And those scrolly things are equally stunning. Did your husband do all of this? That wood is just beautiful and the attention to detail is immaculate. Don't worry about boring us with minutiae. I think we're all floored. (And maybe a tich jealous!) Love, love, love it!

  11. Wow! The gate & fence look fabulous! I love it!


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