A gate sets a tone for the whole garden. It says "Come in" or "Keep out"-- and really, either approach can be tantalizing. The best wooden garden gates tempt you to push them open. We've rounded up a few favorites:
Above: A gate in Mill Valley, California. On the other side? Paradise. For the rest of this garden, see "Rescuing a 100-Year-Old Garden."
Above: A concrete threshold, with a tiny window that offers a peek of the grasses that grow against the side of the house. To enter, push a handle on the right wall. The entire length of redwood will pivot dramatically, like a giant door, to invite you in. To see what's inside, see "Salt and Sea and a Garden."
Above: A painted gate as a backdrop for potted succulents, pelargoniums, and herbs. For more, see "Inside the Secret Gardens of Venice, California."