Friday, February 12, 2021

Memories of Old Garden Gates & Walls

Trull House, Tetbury, Gloucestershire

When we moved to this home, we built a garden gate near the new little garden area, we created at the front of the house. Nothing like these, of course, but a gate nonetheless. Our gates are smaller than their English & European predecessors, but they are still intended to limit access to the most personal areas of our property & to give limits to the smallest of grandchildren & family pets. Gates can also mark changes in personal roles, as people cross from one side to another, from one role to another, perhaps even from one life to another. A gate can either invite the visitor in or clearly intend to keep him out.

And it is true. Some folks I want to come in through my gates, some I do not.

Wimpole, Cambridgeshire
St Margaret's Place, Bradford on Avon.
Sissinghurst, Kent
Royal Horticultural Society Wisley Gardens, Surrey
Meadowbrook Oakland Unversity, Michigan
Mateo, California
Marks Hall Arboretum & Gardens, Coggeshall, Essex
Llanerchaeron, Wales

Helmsley, Yorkshire
Great Dixter (1910 Edwin Lutyens)

Garnish Island, Ireland

Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Christ Church, Oxford
Chicago Botanic Garden
Charleston Farmhouse Garden, East Sussex
Brownsover Hotel, Rugby, Rugby
Ballindoolin House, Ireland
Sudley Castle Gardens
Ardgillan Castle near The Skerries, North of Dublin.

Holding on to The Sweet Divine - The Lord God took man & put him in the Garden of Eden to work it & to keep it. Genesis 2:15