Garden bench
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Have a seat – garden benches

25 ways to rest in the garden

I have about 70,000 garden photos. Every once in a while I go through my collection and find things within them that many gardens have in common – but uncommon and creative versions of them.

Here are just some of my garden bench photo collection. I had to edit many out!

Other collections I’ve done include:

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Jim Charlier is an advertising designer/photographer/crafter with a serious gardening problem. He's co-written a garden design book featuring the funky, quirky and fun gardens by the gardeners of Buffalo titled "Buffalo-Style Gardens: Create a Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Private Garden with Eye-Catching Designs" (; he writes a long-standing garden blog (; led the largest garden tour in America, Garden Walk Buffalo; has written for, or provided photography for dozens of magazines and books; has made presentations and participated in panel discussions on garden design and garden tourism nationally and internationally.

4 comments on “Have a seat – garden benches

  1. I’d like to see a collection of garden bridges.

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  2. Pat Webster

    Some fascinating photos, Jim. I have problems with some of the benches, though — they don’t look comfortable or in some cases even sit-able. And surely that is a basic requirement for any bench!


    • Agreed! I think many are just for looks. Can’t imagine sitting on any too long. But I rarely sit in my own garden anyway!


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