The Art of an Entrance

The Art of an Entrance


 Get Inspiration for Gates and Arbors 

Good garden design always leaves something to the imagination, allowing the garden to be revealed to a visitor with a bit of mystery. So creating a memorable entrance to your garden will always enhance that sense of anticipation for visitors (not to mention keeping out pesky neighbors).

The fully-built display gardens at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show have long showcased a wide range of gates and arbors, in sizes and styles to fit any kind of garden motif. Here are just a few of our favorites from past garden shows.


Above: The Arboretum Foundation’s garden in 2005 used intricate iron pillars to frame the entry to a beautiful focal point, a majestic tree surrounded by plants.

Susan Browne Landscape Design installed a bold custom ‘dahlia’ gate at the entry of a courtyard garden in the 2005 garden show.

In 2005 Seattle Youth Garden Works recycled old telephone poles (remember those?) with a rooftop that was planted in herbs on a path that leads to a compost pile and work area.

An intricate woven willow arbor in an exquisite woodland garden, created by the Arboretum Foundation in 2006, announces the entry and draws you in.

Sue Goetz, of The Creative Gardener, used bold black iron gates to frame an entry into a colorful Mediterranean garden that she created in 2006.

These contemporary iron garden gates served as an entry into an intimate outdoor dining area for Karen Stefonick Design’s 2006 show garden.

In 2007 Jessica Bloom, of NW Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, designed an outdoor kitchen, with a large, curlicued iron gate at the entrance, and a pebble mosaic path for added texture.

These bold red wooden gates that echo the color in the furnishings and the house trim really announce, “you have arrived.” Designed by Kristy Ditmore of Under the Arbor Landscapes in 2008.

Shapiro-Ryan Design created this tranquil moon gate as a sneak peek to their 2009 show garden, with the carved granite globe nearby echoing the circular form.

The Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association (WSNLA) and designer Zsofia Pasztor of Innovative Landscape Technologies created this arbor entrance for their 2010 garden, based on “Wizard of Oz,” of course.

Another beautiful entrance designed by Phil Wood, Bob Lilly and Roger Williams for the 2011 Arboretum Foundation’s stunning garden, inspired by the Seattle Japanese Garden.

The contrast of these massive boulders from Marenakos Rock Center combined with the intricate iron gate really stands out in this 2011 garden designed by the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals (WALP).

Finally, Nancy Claire Guth of Artistic Garden Concepts, designed this romantic trellis laden with Clematis and twinkling lights for her 2012 show garden.

If you are thinking about enhancing your garden with a gate or an arbor, there’s no better place to get ideas, inspiration and sources than the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, to be held February 20 – 24, 2013 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Tickets are on sale now! ~ Janet

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