A garden gate is a portal that signifies a transition into a new space and experience. Like Alice looking down the rabbit hole, a gate leads us from the known to the unknown. And, like that rabbit hole, if you elongate or accentuate the portal, it makes the transition even more tantalizing. Here is a variety of garden gate styles that illustrate the “power of the portal.”
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The Covered Gate
The old gate shown here was renovated with new hinges, roofing, and paint. I installed a bluestone threshold beneath the gate that extends out on both sides. Thresholds are very important because they prevent soggy, compacted ground beneath the gate, and they visually invite people in. That white shrub on the right is dappled willow (Salix integra ‘Hakuro-nishiki’).