Posted by Terra Trellis on March 07, 2014 0 Comments
As a large part of the nation continues to be blanketed in snow, we here on the West Coast are reminded of our easygoing climate, year round planting opportunities, and perpetual state of renewal. But there’s something to be said for the unique beauty of winter’s dormant nature as the soil quiets itself in a slumbering stillness.
We recently received correspondence from a TerraTrellis customer and we were awestruck by the beauty of her photos and words, describing her historic Pennsylvania farmhouse garden still covered in snow. Her photographs and prose remind us that our artful trellises, though striking when interwoven with vines and blossoms, can be just as impactful when placed thoughtfully in a landscape, snow and all.
We’re inspired by her love of her garden, her hopefulness and anticipation for the seasons to come. In her own words:
I have enclosed some winter photos which highlight how your structures add beauty and interest to an otherwise bare garden. In the first photo, you can see the tops of the tuteurs peeking over the fence in front of the barn, hinting at something interesting beyond. The photos below show the structure of the garden beds and how I incorporated the tuteurs and the Toki bubbles as well as copper arches (used to support row covers and repeat the oxide color of your structures) and galvanized metal fence panels (which repeat and emphasize the color of the metal balls on top of the tuteurs). Although covered with snow and bare of plants, my view into the garden gives me hope that our seemingly never-ending winter will not last forever...
We live just outside Philadelphia on a horse farm. The structures on the property date back to 1790. We are only the sixth owners of the property, and as far as we know, it has always functioned as a small family farm with crops and livestock. These days our crops are limited to those grown in the kitchen garden, and our livestock consists of horses, chickens (for the eggs) and a fledgling hive of honeybees. The barn and house have been updated to accommodate today's necessities but retain much of the history and charm of yesteryear. We have several perennial gardens throughout the property as well as the kitchen garden. My goal with the kitchen garden was to create a space that combined my appreciation for art, my passion for gardening and my love of cooking. It includes a series of raised beds and growing structures containing espaliered apple trees, blueberry, blackberry and raspberry bushes and permanent beds for asparagus and strawberries. We rotate our favorite spring and summer herbs and vegetables among the other beds and attempt to grow everything organically with very limited use of chemicals as they are harmful to our bees. I love the challenge of finding the right combination of plants that compliment each other's structures and needs. We gladly share the bounty of our farm with our neighbors and preserve much of our harvest to enjoy during the remainder of the year.
By the way, the ladies from my garden club love your products as much as I do and I have passed your information on to them.
Posted by Terra Trellis on September 20, 2013 0 Comments
One recent fall morning, photographer and digital media producer Adam Grossman looked out his kitchen window to admire his vine-covered Gracie Modern Arbor in the morning light.
Just a few minutes later a visitor appeared; a bird of prey taking a bath and enjoying the peaceful shelter of the arbor.
The solitary visitor was likely a red-tailed hawk a species that live in the nearby Santa Monica Mountains.
Later that day, Adam encountered a different creature of prey, a juvenile mantis taking respite under the same Gracie Arbor. The mantis is considered by many to be a beneficial insect and a welcome visitor to the garden.
We love to see our sculptural trellises bringing together wildlife and art. Right in our own front yards.
Posted by Terra Trellis on September 01, 2013 0 Comments
Horticulture, art, design, music, fashion, food and drink. These "best things in life" intersect in a life well-lived, right? They also happen to intersect online, in the wonderfully inspiring blog The Horticult. This beautifully presented site is the creation of the horticulturally-hip and sartorially-savvy couple Chantal Aida Gordon and Ryan Benoit. As they put it:
The Horticult is where we experiment with our space — and also crash other people’s gardens and get inspired. It’s a place where we eat, drink and loosen rootballs, where flora, fauna and culture intersect in unexpected ways.
We were lucky enough to be recently featured in The Horticult and thrilled (but not at all surprised) when just a few weeks later, Chantal and Ryan were discovered in A BIG WAY by the New York Times (see the three page feature Marriage is Yard Work in the Home & Garden section).
Ryan's own design skills are as impressive as Chantal's writing and interviewing talents. Check out Ryan's website Ryan Benoit Design and Chantal's own site ChantalGordon.com to see what we're talking about.
The curiosities Chantal and Ryan explore on The Horticult are influenced by their shared obsession with design and horticulture....and passion for living the good life. We look forward to seeing more of their adventures blossom on The Horticult!
photos by Ryan Benoit
Posted by Terra Trellis on September 02, 2013 0 Comments
Like fashion, gardens are now transitioning from their vibrant summer looks into the more muted tones of the fall season. Our summer was loaded with horticultural and design inspiration, bursting with color and texture from diverse landscapes coast to coast. Below is a photo journal of some magical summer moments; a mashup of images from private potager gardens, to island farms to spectacular public spaces.
Above: The summer landscape of the High Line in New York City is a breathtaking study in contrasts.
Above: Grasses, flowering perennials and trees weave interesting tapestries throughout the High Line gardens.
Above: Horticulture and architecture collide along the former elevated train tracks of the High Line.
Above: Fields of Rudbeckia (Black Eyed Susan) pop in a private New England garden.
Above: Echinacea 'Purpurea' (Purple Cone Flower) patch in New England.
Above: This hoop-house/greenhouse crawls through the gardens of Nip 'N Tuck organic farm on Martha's Vineyard.
Above: Planting asparagus and broccoli seedlings at Nip 'N Tuck organic farm on Martha's Vineyard.
Above: Native grasses frame vibrant pink mallows along a barrier beach pond on Martha's Vineyard.
Above: Akoris Garden Tuteurs support summer tomatoes in a raised modern potager garden by Elow Landscape Design in Los Angeles.
Above: Our Mira Garden Trellis Sr. does double time as a trellis and work of art in a California summer garden. Edible and ornamental plants include Distictus 'Buccinatoria' (Blood Red Trumpet Vine), artichokes and Rosemary.
Above: Our sculptural new Bird Cafe birdfeeder sits atop the Akoris Garden Tuteur Sr. in a southern California landscape. Plants in this edible/ornamental summer garden include raspberry vine, succulents, Rosemary and Wisteria Sinensis.
Above: A Gracie Modern Arbor supports Distictus 'Rivers' (Royal Trumpet Vine) and frames a birdbath, creating a stunning modern composition in a California front yard.
Posted by Terra Trellis on July 15, 2013 0 Comments
Integrating a TerraTrellis provides artistic license to the home gardener to create a living work of art in the landscape. In this case: a garden wall. This is simply achieved by the thoughtful pairing of plant + trellis, with the TerraTrellis acting as a canvas. Leslie, a garden-visionary client, sent us these photos of her latest inspired pairing: a stunningly beautiful Passion Flower (Passiflora) with our Ina Wall Trellis Sr. in Leaf color. Purple and chartreuse. We love how Leslie allows the vine grow wild playing with the trellis, twining as it may and meandering around the trellis frames. Exquisite.