Thursday, April 11, 2024

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 that we have seen on trips over there & over here., of course, but a gate nonetheless. For the most part, 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