Everything’s coming up roses

Summer is here and everywhere you look the roses are in bloom. We have had a flurry of orders for garden structures since an editorial piece about Ironart’s fruit cages appeared in Gardens Illustrated magazine this month – the most popular being wrought iron rose arches.

Here at Ironart our arches are made from solid mild steel round bar, which is then galvanized before being painted. Unlike a lot of the tubular steel, powder coated look-a-likes you find on the high street, they really are built to last.

If your garden is crying out for one of these, follow this link to the rose arch section of our website, because we’d love to make one for you. (But please note that there is a reasonably long lead-time on these at the moment.)


Rose arch crop



Ironart fruit cages in Gardens Illustrated magazine

Ironart are featured in Gardens Illustrated magazine this month. The magazine’s July issue which went on sale last Friday – includes a design sourcebook editorial page on “Fruit cages: made-t0-measure garden solutions to protect your fruit and vegetables”. The editors picked up on a gothic fruit and vegetable cage we made for talented Garden Designer Marion Mako, which graces a beautiful garden near Colerne on the edge of Bath. Here’s a link to that particular gothic bespoke fruit cage on our website. If you grow fruit and vegetables, have a  problem with birds and would like an elegant solution to the problem.. please get in touch.

Fruit cage design by Marion Mako Gardens  www.makogardens.co.uk   01453 872 041 
Gardens Illustrated - July 2015

An elegant garden gazebo

A few weeks ago we made and installed this simple, elegant garden gazebo structure in a private garden in Farmborough near Bath. This unique and unusual structure was designed to support four trees and form the focal point for a terrace in front of the house.

The intention is that the immature trees will be trained to follow the curves of each corner so that the entire piece will form an arbour, covered in foliage over time. The gazebo has been left unpainted in it’s galvanized finish, which will weather from silver to a matt grey patina. Martin and Andy made up a small scale model for the client to approve prior to making the finished piece (pictured). If you thinking about commissioning a bespoke garden structure and need some advice, we’d love to help so please get in touch 01225 311 273.

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Pergola, tunnel arch or arbour?

We created a series of arches for a house in Coleford near Radstock recently, one aspect of which is a wrought iron covered walkway. There is always a bit of a debate in the office about what people call these structures… the most popular suggestions are: pergola, tunnel arch or arbour! Whatever you decide to call it, we think it looks great.

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The roses are in full bloom

Ever thought of installing a rose arch in your garden? Not sure where to buy, or what style would suit the space? We would love to help.

Here is a snap sent to us by a client who commissioned a bespoke metal rose arch a few years ago – with the roses now in full bloom and mature, it looks absolutely stunning.

We offer two standard wrought iron rose arches through our shop – follow THIS LINK to take you there.

If you have something more unusual in mind, maybe with a finial on top, or a pergola or tunnel rather than an arch – take a look at our BESPOKE rose arches. The only limit is your imagination – anything is possible!

Hambledon rose arch - June 2013


Fruit and vegetable cages

Spring is finally in the air! As gardeners all over the UK are dusting off their trowels, Andy and Jason erected some large pergola-style fruit cages last week for a private customer with a large estate on the edge of Bath.

Ironart supplied two identical fruit cages last year (pictured below) and we were commissioned to make two more. The frames were galvanized before they were painted and then covered in netting to protect crops from butterflies and rabbits amongst other things! If you are looking for a similar solution for your garden – not necessarily on such a grand scale – we would love to help, so pick up the phone or email us with some dimensions for an idea of cost. 01225 311 273

Ironart at the Eden Project

We’re thrilled to tell you that the beautiful flower arch that we made last year for RHS Malvern is now on loan to the Eden Project in Cornwall. Andy and his daughter Emily drove down to Eden at the weekend and installed the arch outside the Meditereanean biome where it looks just the job.

Ironart's flower arch at the Eden Project, Cornwall

Ironart's flower arch at the Eden Project, Cornwall

The asymmetric organic floral arch structure was based on some contemporary trellis posts that Andy designed for a private roof garden in London. The large galvanized flower arch has been much admired since it was made; as well as spending a week at Malvern (where it won Ironart a Silver Gilt medal) it was also featured on Alan Titchmarsh’s TV series Love Your Garden. We’re all really excited that it’s now on public display at the Eden project and will be seen and enjoyed by a huge number of people. The chance to showcase our work in this way is great publicity for Ironart – a small business in the West Country with big ideas! The arch is a wonderful example of the artistry and skills that abound here in the Ironart team, and all credit goes to artist blacksmith Jim Purry who made it. We blogged about Jim making the arch last year – heres the link.

If you would like to commission something really unusual for your garden and have an idea in mind, please pick up the phone and give us a call because we relish this type of creative project and would love to help.

Andy and Emily Thearle at the Eden Project

Andy and Emily at Eden


The Asymmetric Flower arch at the Eden Project

The Asymmetric Flower arch at the Eden Project

The Bathwick Hill Gazebo

It seemed like the end of an era when the Ironart Gazebo (or Pergola – depending on who you speak to!) was disassembled and taken off the Bathwick Hill roundabout last week. It’s been in situ for two years. So many people have commented to Andy and the team that they liked it, and it certainly added drama to the elegant backdrop of  Georgian houses and St Mary’s Church. 

The Bath Chronicle wrote a some editorial about the gazebo coming down, and we were delighted to learn that the American Museum will be exhibiting on the roundabout to publicise forthcoming exhibitions. Happily we were contacted by a member of the public almost immediately after the article was published who wanted to buy the Bathwick Hill gazebo for their private garden just outside Bath.  We want to say a HUGE thank you to the BANES Parks & Green Spaces department for doing such a beautiful job of enhancing the gazebo with beautiful planting throughout the seasons, and to everyone who gave us positive feedback – we’re glad you enjoyed it!

A Silver Gilt at Malvern

Well – all that hard work paid off and today the RHS judges at Malvern awarded us a Silver Gilt for the presentation of the stand. Apparently we could only have improved by a) relaying fresh turf instead of using the existing grass… and b) having a bigger stand!

Our silver gilt medal

Thanks so much again to the entire team for all your hard work. We had heaps of great feedback from customers at the show today. Lots of interest in the Lansdown wrought iron benches, the gothic two seat wrought iron bench which sits within a pretty gothic arch and of course the big draw at the front of the stand – our amazing flower arch.

Ironart tradestand at Malvern