Arbors: Airy Structures Of Shelter & Exterior Style

Airy Structures Of Exterior Delight:  Arbors
Airy Structures Of Exterior Delight: Arbors

The airy arbor that floats above us provides visual delight, shelter and exterior style

The garden arbor is referred to as a landscape structure and a shelter of vines or branches or latticework covered with climbing branches or vines”. The Middle English word “Arbor” is taken from the Old French word “Erbier” (Meaning a “Field, meadow, kitchen garden”) “Arbre” (“Tree, axis”) and from “Erbe” (“Grass, herb”) and from the Latin word “Herba” and English “Herb”. Standing tall throughout history, the actual phonetic word is said to have been influenced by the Latin word “Arbor” for “Tree”. However the arbor is referred, the structures that strikingly provide shade or architectural distinction from one room of the garden to another, offer an elegance and enchantment wherever they are found. Whether surrounded by climbing shrubs or vines or flowering delight, these distinctive stationary shelters provide a visual of comfort and style. Complimenting the style and scale of the home they embellish, these raised structures add height and interest paired with function. Often, these airy structures add a sense of enclosure to the great open skies and garden surrounds. Oh, to dine under the vertical and horizontal structures of garden delight!

Stationary Distinction Within The Landscape:  Arbors
Stationary Distinction Within The Landscape: Arbors
A Shelter Of Style:  The Arbor
A Shelter Of Style: The Arbor
Shelters Of Nature:  Arbors Of Landscaping Appeal
Shelters Of Nature: Arbors Of Landscaping Appeal
Shelters Of Nature:  Arbors Of Landscaping Appeal
Shelters Of Nature: Arbors Of Landscaping Appeal
Enclosures Open To The Sky:  The Arbor
Enclosures Open To The Sky: The Arbor

Consider the arbor within the landscape setting. Embracing the landscape that they surround, these airy structures with vertical supports that hold up horizontal rafters create a ceiling that is open to the elements of nature. Pure delight within nature’s surrounds. For certain, the exposure to nature is an added benefit to an exterior room. Whether sun light streams through or the brilliance of evening stars above, the lure of the arbor beckons. Whether formal elegance is sought or merely a division or entrance between spaces or as shelter above an outdoor dining space, the arbor is an addition that will endure to delight and enhance our own private exterior worlds. And of the plantings that cascade over or around the arbor of structural interest? The additional shade and alluring appeal of layers of nature will endure to add interest and enchantment to our exterior spaces. Airy structures of shelter and exterior style, indeed…

Kristin

“To build, to plant,
whatever you intend,
to rear the column,
or the arch to bend,
to swell the terrace,
or sink the grot;
in all, let nature never be forgot…
consult the genius of the place in all…”
-Alexander Pope, 1731
18th century English Author, poet, classical scholar and accomplished gardener

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