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Swipe to view slides Arbors are especially useful in small or narrow gardens. Arbors are used for moving the flow of people or pulling the eye down a space. Unlike an arbor, a trellis acts as a wall rather than a door. Covered in climbing flowers, this arbor was constructed atop stone pillars for added style and strength. Arbors are often combined with gates when used as entryways. This arbor serves as a passageway from the sidewalk into the garden beyond. This oversized entry arbor was designed to enhance privacy and provide shade so the small patio space is usable. This tiny beach house has a side yard visible from the street, but this classic lattice gateway and arbor provide enough screening to reclaim that space. Designed to serve as a passageway, this arbor also doubles as a support for climbing vines.
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Garden Arbor Ideas

Arbors are especially useful in small or narrow gardens. Arbors are used for moving the flow of people or pulling the eye down a space. Unlike an arbor, a trellis acts as a wall rather than a door. Covered in climbing flowers, this arbor was constructed atop stone pillars for added style and strength. Arbors are often combined with gates when used as entryways. This arbor serves as a passageway from the sidewalk into the garden beyond. This oversized entry arbor was designed to enhance privacy and provide shade so the small patio space is usable. This tiny beach house has a side yard visible from the street, but this classic lattice gateway and arbor provide enough screening to reclaim that space. Designed to serve as a passageway, this arbor also doubles as a support for climbing vines.
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Garden Arbor Ideas

Once you've gathered your supplies, you are now ready to start building the garden arbor, beginning with some concrete work to ensure the sturdiness of your arbor design. That is, we must begin with the foundation for the garden arbor. This requires digging post holes, plumbing the arbor's posts, and pouring the concrete that will hold them in place.
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Garden Arbor Ideas

What of the linguistic origin behind National Arbor Day? Well, arbor is the Latin word for “tree.” But the word that denotes the trellising structures we've been discussing, such as grape arbors, has a different origin. It derives from the Old French erbier, meaning “garden.” Is there a connection between grape arbors and trees? Well, “arbor” first and foremost signifies a leafy, shady recess formed by tree branches, shrubs, etc. Only secondarily is it defined as “a latticework bower intertwined with climbing vines and flowers.” Clearly, then, there is a connection: Our grape arbors (i.e., “latticework bowers”) have been developed out of a need to find stand-ins for shade-giving trees in our gardens. The coincidental similarity in spelling between the Latin word and the French word led writers of English to exploit the connection and use “arbor” as the spelling for the trellising structures that grace our gardens.
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Garden Arbor Ideas

Add a sense of surprise with an arbor. Here, a crisp white arbor rises out of a boxwood hedge and is crowned dramatically with climbing roses. Incorporate an arbor into a hedge, or use a mix of materials, such as wood, metal, or stone to create your arbor.
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Garden Arbor Ideas

Mix Materials Add a sense of surprise with an arbor. Here, a crisp white arbor rises out of a boxwood hedge and is crowned dramatically with climbing roses. Incorporate an arbor into a hedge, or use a mix of materials, such as wood, metal, or stone to create your arbor.
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Garden Arbor Ideas

Despite this connection between National Arbor Day and their trellising namesakes, National Arbor Day is purely a tree holiday. If you want to celebrate Arbor Day history and do your part, then plant a tree; save your plans for building a grape arbor for another day.
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Garden Arbor Ideas

The official Arbor Day Web site relates Arbor Day history in greater detail. According to this site, it was on January 4, 1872 that J. Sterling Morton first proposed a tree-planting holiday. The proposal was made in Nebraska, which at the time was more or less a tree-less state. Morton's proposal was adopted, and the idea of observing such a holiday spread to other states later in the 1870s. States today most commonly observe National Arbor Day on the last Friday in April. The observance of National Arbor Day has even spread beyond the borders of the U.S.
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“For most people, I think an arbor has a romantic sense,” says Paula Rosch, a garden designer with over 14 years of project management and garden design experience and owner of Garden Planning Services, LLC in Hillsboro, Ore. On a recent project, she incorporated an arbor and multiple trellises to open up a narrow side yard and add more depth. Here, she shares her tips for incorporating an arbor into the landscape.
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Top Off Your Patio An arbor makes a charming addition to any patio. Not only does it help provide a focal point, but if you place it strategically, your arbor can also create an entrance or add privacy. More Patio Ideas
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An arbor makes a charming addition to any patio. Not only does it help provide a focal point, but if you place it strategically, your arbor can also create an entrance or add privacy.
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Add to Asian style with a simple arbor. Look for an arbor with clean, simple lines and a natural color. Don’t make it too dramatic — in Asian style, the simpler is usually better.
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Enhance an Asian Feel Add to Asian style with a simple arbor. Look for an arbor with clean, simple lines and a natural color. Don’t make it too dramatic — in Asian style, the simpler is usually better.

This is a more modern example of an arbor, with a non-traditional lattice pattern. Wooden steps lead up to the arbor before transitioning into soft, thick grass.  Learn more here.
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Arbors, trellis, obelisks, screens…these are all great ways to add vertical interest to the garden, combining function with art. What starts out as a plant support becomes a beautiful focal point like the arbor in the first image (below). I’ve gathered a bunch of images from garden tours to give you ideas for your garden.
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It’s a common mistake to get so busy filling your garden with plants that you forget to leave a spot where you can enjoy it all. So incorporate an arbor into your garden, put a bench beneath it, and you have the perfect garden getaway.
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Add a Destination It’s a common mistake to get so busy filling your garden with plants that you forget to leave a spot where you can enjoy it all. So incorporate an arbor into your garden, put a bench beneath it, and you have the perfect garden getaway.
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Decorate Your Deck Just like it can enhance a patio, the right arbor can add drama to your deck. Keep the style and scale of your structure consistent with the rest of your deck for an extra-special, beautiful area. Deck Makeover Ideas
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Define a Space Stuck with a narrow side yard? Use a simple arbor to help make it a destination. Here, an otherwise wasted, long and narrow space becomes a lush, inviting path. More Side Yard Landscape Ideas
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Arbors, Trellis, Obelisks, and More Here you’ll see supports for climbers, seating areas, bold artistic structures, rustic arbors, and more. While adding one of these items can transform your garden, don’t forget that removing an old one is equally as transformative, also providing a fresh start. If you want to build a structure, check your local library for plans. There’s lots of classic books like these arbor plans on Amazon.
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By definition, an arbor incorporates a trellis into its structure to create a tunnel-like passageway into another area of the yard or garden. They can be freestanding or connected to another structure, like a fence.
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So why add an arbor to your garden or backyard? While they may seem a little pointless, with the right vision and proper placement, arbors can be used to direct traffic throughout any landscaping. With the proper climbing vines and flowers, they can be a spectacular and fragrant structure.
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Fully dried lumber warps less than lumber that still retains significant moisture. If your vertical 4×4 posts fall into the latter category, your garden arbor may become crooked over the years, especially if it's just a two-poster.
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The first step in assembling the garden arbor is to line up the crosspieces and the 4×4 posts. Once lined up properly, you'll be boring a hole that will stretch through all three pieces of wood, allowing you to insert a bolt that will unite the three pieces. You'll begin at one post, and then repeat the process on the other post.

Because of the wait involved before you can stain the wood of your garden arbor, you won't be able to plant any vines on it for that first summer. Instead, spend the time looking at other people's arbors, and see what plant choices catch your eye.

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