They draw the eye like no other focal point, for those with eyes also have bodies that need a rest after hiking around the trails and pathways of a garden, public or private, at least here in south east Tennessee where there does not exist one square inch of flat ground, they do. So it makes a delightful topic for a design workshop, chosen by the ever creative Nan at Gardening Gone Wild for the month of April.
(Photo taken December 9, 2009 at our public library, with flood)
Looking through the archives for pictures of benches, it was noticed that several shots were taken at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina at various times of the year.
(Photo taken April 26, 2009)
Another spot in North Carolina, Christopher’s magnificent mountainside retreat was where this snapshot was taken, after a freak early snowfall last October.
(Photo taken October 18, 2009)
One more from North Carolina, this time at Grandfather Mountain Nursery, shows a fabulous blue bench being decorated by hard core gardeners, Mr and Mrs. Brokenbeat. The color is so striking, the photo looks altered by a photo shop type program, but rest assured, this is unadulterated. It goes to show what a splash of color can do for a winter landscape. You guys look Marrrrvelous!
(Photo taken by friend of Brokenbeat’s, 2009)
There are a few benches here in the Fairegarden, placed for optimum enjoyment, but the most used is the little one I made for the area by the pond. Newly reconstructed for the fifth time in 2007, click here-GBDW The Many Incarnations Of The Pond to read the story, note the toasted by frost leaves on the Japanese maples, the pond draws the gardener and guests to gaze into the depths at fishes Casey and Fido.
(Photo taken April 19, 2007)