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Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942. / Craftsman homes
(1909)

Beautiful garden gates: the charm that is always found in an interesting approach to an enclosure,   pp. 109-112


Page 109

BEAUTIFUL GARDEN GATES: THE CHARM THAT
IS ALWAYS FOUND IN AN INTERESTING APPROACH
TO AN ENCLOSURE
FEW people realize how much depends
        upon the approach to any given place.
        A pleasant entrance that rouses the in-
        terest and conveys some impression of
individuality seems   an  earnest of  pleasant
things to come and is always associated in the
memory with the anticipation that came from
that first impression.  Especially is this true
of a garden gate, which for most of us holds
a suggestion of sentiment and poetry because
it is in its own way a symbol; it leads out to
greater spaces or inward to more intimate
beauty.  Even to the most prosaic it always
holds something of a promise of the peaceful
and pleasant place that lies within.  Thus it
seems right that a garden gate should have
a charm and grace all its own; that it should
be embowered with trailing vines and bloom-
ing flowers in summer time and should always
hold forth the inviting suggestion of pleasure
and welcome beyond.
 The illustrations given here are all of very
simple garden gateways that are made attrac-
tive by the method of construction, by the
 placing of vines and flowers or by some grace-
 ful conceit in outline and relation to the sur-
 roundings. The hooded gate shown on this
 page forms a charming link between garden
 and garden. One may rest a moment within
 its shade and it seems to bind together the
 two plots of green   divided    by the fence.
 The trellised arbor and archway which spans
 the flower walk in an English garden is illus-
 trated here because of the charming suggestion
 it contains for making a division between two
 l)arts of the same garden. The ³pergola gate²
 shown below is illustrated without the vines
 that are meant to clothe it, because we desire to
 give a clear idea of the constrtiction.  The
 finely planned proportions of the heavy tim-
 1)ers and the straight unornamented lines sug-
 gest an inspiration from    Japan.  The vine
 covered rustic arbor which arches over the
 walk leading to the entrance of the hotise be-
 yond is hardly a garden gate, yet it comes
 within the same  class   because it furnishes
 a most  attractive approach     to house and
 garden.
                                     1908.
A HOODED GATE\VAY LEADING FROM ONE GARDEN TO ANOTHER.   NOTE INTERESTING
CONSTRUCTION OF THE ROOF
AND THE WAY THE IDEA IS CARRIED OCT IN THE GATE AND THE FENcE.
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