The presence of a gate sparks curiosity: it’s impossible to spy a garden-door and then not want to investigate what’s beyond it.
When you mount an antique gate in your landscape, you create a portal between the past and the future. Every time you lift the timeworn latch of a wrought iron gate, you’ll marvel at the many other hands --- from other eras, in other worlds --- that have performed this same motion. And then, passing through the opening, you’ll begin wondering what you’ll discover in the next part of the garden. Every old gate tells you tales of the past while it suggests that there’s something marvelous, just ahead.
Worn-out horseshoes are welded together to make
a magical doorway at Miserden, in the Cotswolds. Courtesy of nanquick.com
A gate at Upton Wold, in Gloucestershire, gives a hint of the sumptuous gardens which are around the corner. Courtesy of nanquick.com
This entrance to Rousham’s Walled Garden is the ne plus ultra of ironwork art. Courtesy of nanquick.com