Allium Gates – from concept to completion

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From the initial design brief – based on the concept of ‘bounteousness’ – to final installation, these ‘allium’ gates for a vegetable garden in Doynton have proved a challenge and delight in equal measure.  Our client wanted the design to reflect the bounty of nature which immediately prompted the idea of a swelling onion bulb. Once the design had been refined in collaboration with the clients, each aspect was hand-crafted in our workshop, where the onion leaves were forged in the fire in the traditional manner and bent into shape. We were thrilled to receive this message a few days after installation:

“I finally got to see the gates properly yesterday and we are absolutely delighted with them. You and the team have put a huge amount of ingenuity and creativity into producing an amazing feature and talking point for our garden.  We wait to see what the muntjac will make of it – they are resourceful little critters!”

As ever, we left site without being able to capture the gates in their full glory when the garden is at its most bounteous, but we look forward to sharing more images in the summer months.

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Holburne Friends Plant Sale

Come and see us at the Holburne Plant Sale on Sunday 7th May.  We’ll be on the front lawn.  You can’t miss us – bright orange Larkhall Cafe Chair (new colour we’re trying out). More info here: http://www.holburne.org/support-us/friends-of-the-holburne-museum/friends-activities/

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Our Larkhall Cafe Chair and Table Base brightening up the spray shop

 

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.)

 

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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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