Wooden garden gates provide privacy and protection, keeping precious cargo in and unwanted quests out. They also offer ornamentation and allure (recall The Secret Garden).
Last week we presented Instant Fencing Ideas. Here we offer options for gating the opening in your fence—or greenery—that leads to your own secret garden. Hardware and post-setting not included.
Above: Simple and sturdy, the Sweet Chestnut Gate offers instant character to the garden entrance. It measures 40 inches square; $375 at Detroit Garden Works.
Above: Spotted in the Telegraph, English artisan Ed Brooks offers several appealing designs for wooden garden gates including the Tall Chestnut Garden Gate (left) and the Split Chestnut Garden Gate. Contact Ed Brooks for more information.
Above: The White Cedar Split Rail Walk Gate is available from Walpole Woodworkers; contact the company directly for price estimates.
Above: Nothing telegraphs "cottage garden" faster than a cedar picket gate with a simple round-top design, via Grange Fencing.
Above: Based in Sebastapol, CA, Prowell Woodworks offers a variety of high-quality, attractive wooden garden gates made to order within a range of specifications. The Craftsman Garden Gate #4 with upper open grids and small Craftsman ledge blocks just under the middle rail starts at $1272 for the 48-inch width (the base price for Prowell's gates is $1,200; add-ons vary by size and particular gate style). Gates are shipped unfinished, unless otherwise stipulated, and include their preferred bronze heavy-duty, extruded ball-bearing 4-inch butt hinges. Shipping is available across the US.
Above: Using vintage gates or doors is another option. An intriguing use of a vintage door as a garden gate by Anne and Rick Vernon of Rooms n' Blooms.
Above: A long-lasting investment, all of Prowell Woodworks' Gates are made with stile and rail construction using clear Wester red cedar. Their first garden gate design, Prowell's Garden Gate #7 starts at $1,296. The base price for Prowell's gates is $1,200; add-ons vary by size and particular gate style. Gates are shipped unfinished, unless otherwise stipulated, and include their preferred bronze heavy-duty, extruded ball-bearing 4-inch butt hinges. Shipping is available across the US.
Above: Brattle Works Curved Trellis Garden Gate is constructed with clear kiln-dried Wester red cedar, stainless steel fasteners, and is available in a choices of finishes: natural, acrylic white, acrylic green, or any custom color stain. The gates stand 72-inches tall, making them good companions for many 72-inch tall fencing panels available on the market (see our earlier post 10 Easy Pieces: Instant Fencing). Available in 41-inch or 51-inch widths for $452 and $475 respectively.
Above: Brattle Works also offers standard straight edge gates in three different styles: The Privacy Lattice Garden Gate (left), the Trellis Garden Gate (right), and the Solid Board Garden Gate (not shown). Available in many sizes ranging from 41- to 72-inches high, and 36- to 51-inches wide, the gates are constructed with clear kiln-dried Western red cedar. Prices range from $328 to $493 depending on size and style.
Above: A good budget option, the Rustic Garden Gate designed for a 36-inch arbor or fence opening. It measures 35.25 inches wide and 38 inches tall; $129.99 through Rustic Cedar.
Above: A polite reminder, the cast iron Please Close the Gate Sign measures 7-inches wide; $14 at Terrain.
For more wooden garden gates, see these modern designs.