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Curb Appeal: 7 Favorite Picket Fences

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Curb Appeal: 7 Favorite Picket Fences

July 3, 2013

As a young girl in China, my mother’s American Dream included John Wayne and a white picket fence.

She never did get John Wayne or the white picket fence, but she’s not complaining. She and my father were able to raise and educate their four children in the US, her revised version of the American dream. Here are ten favorite versions of the picket fence:

 Cape Cod Classic

A rambling vegetable garden is held in check with low landscape edging made of pickets. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista. For more, see Gardenista Book Sneak Peek: The Architects&#8\2\17; Studio on Cape Cod.
Above: A rambling vegetable garden is held in check with low landscape edging made of pickets. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista. For more, see Gardenista Book Sneak Peek: The Architects’ Studio on Cape Cod.

Nantucket Cottage

 Above: The archetypal cottage with a white picket fence: in Siasconset, Nantucket, it’s the prevailing theme. Photograph by Thisisbossi via Flickr.

John Derian’s Driveway

A picket fence forms a backdrop for a flower bed at the edge of deisgner John Derian&#8\2\17;s Cape Cod driveway. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista.
Above: A picket fence forms a backdrop for a flower bed at the edge of deisgner John Derian’s Cape Cod driveway. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista.

Modern Farmhouse

Photograph by Matthew Williams. For more, see Garden Visit: At Home with Architect Kelly Haegglund.
Above: Photograph by Matthew Williams. For more, see Garden Visit: At Home with Architect Kelly Haegglund.

When Mill Valley, California-based architect Kelly Haegglund designed a modern farmhouse for her own family, she married contemporary and classic details: the house has a peaked roof, covered porches, and a picket fence.

Long Island Estate

Landscape Designer Visit: A Sprawling Long Island Estate by Scott Mitchell.
Above: Landscape Designer Visit: A Sprawling Long Island Estate by Scott Mitchell.

At the edge of 13.5-acre Sagaponack Road property in Bridgehampton, on the east end of Long Island is an orchard bordered by a picket fence that blends into the landscape.

New England Tradition

Photograph by Joseph Valentine. For more, see Garden Visit: At Home at Juniper Hill Farm in New Hampshire.
Above: Photograph by Joseph Valentine. For more, see Garden Visit: At Home at Juniper Hill Farm in New Hampshire.

Joseph Valentine designed a classic New England garden as modern extension of the house. “A garden is something you should feel that you are immersed in, not something you stand back and look at, like a painting,” he says.

Dorset, England

Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista.
Above: Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista.

In southern England, the symmetry of a double garden gate (purchased for £30 at an agricultural  supplies store and reinforced with chicken wire); twin cottage chimneys in the distance; and a mown grass path bisecting a pair of garden beds planted with a mix of flowers (including staked dahlias, irises, and cosmos) and edibles.

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Finally, learn how to successfully design a fence for any landscape or garden project with our Hardscaping 101: Fences & Gates guide.

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