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 Rustic Arbor
This naturalistic portal, fashioned from cedar logs, was designed and built by David Robinson of Natural Edge. There is no gate or threshold, just an opening that you pass through. It serves as a visual cue that you are entering a special place. In this case, it leads into a magic woodland garden I designed that is complete with a cascade, an artful fountain, ferns, Hosta, oakleaf hydrangeas, and more. The plant in the front right is bigroot geranium (Geranuim macrorrhizum ‘Bevan’s Variety’).