It’s been a while since we took a look at arbors, so today, we’re going to bring you a couple of wood arbors.
The first one we’ll review is called the Old Growth Again Redwood Arched Garden Arbor, and its name tells you pretty much all you need to know.
That is, it’s made from redwoods, and the wood comes from an old-growth forest (also known as ancient forest, primary forest, primeval forest, virgin forest or frontier forest).
The arbor itself is 102 inches tall, 48 inches wide, and 64.5 inches long, and it weighs a substantial 250 lbs.
(Note that the bench is not included with the arbor.)
Of course, this is a self-assembly job, but the five-page illustrated assembly manual looks to be very thorough and easy to follow.
Now, this arbor is obviously designed so that you can let your favourite plants climb all over it, and if you don’t already have something in mind, then we highly recommend you check out our Climbing Plants article, as there are over 30 ideas for you there, from colourful Bougainvilleas and Clematis, to more subdued ivies, as well as many other flowers and plants.
The second arbor we’ll look at is called the Uwharrie Companion Arbor 5050:
These arbors and chairs are hand-crafted from thick, kiln-dried pressure treated Southern Yellow Pine, which is an American renewable resource from the Uwharrie (which is pronounced you-WAH-ree) mountains and national forest, in North Carolina.
The distressed finish treatment provides an antique, weathered appearance, although it may also be stained or painted, and these Uwharrie chairs are also insect and rot resistant.
This arbor measures 64 inches square, and it’s 90 inches tall.
So, which of the two arbors do we prefer?
Well, both of them have their merits.
On the one hand, who can resist a chair to swing on, which is, for us, the main attraction of the Uwharrie Arbor?
On the other hand, just picture the Redwood Arched Garden Arbor once the trelliswork is ablaze with colour from plants such as Bougainvillea San Diego Red or Climbing Clematis. Doesn’t that make a very attractive image?
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