Buffalo Garden garden art Tip

Bridging gardens

Do you have, or need, a bridge in your garden?

Does your garden have a bridge?

I don’t have one. Nor do I need one. But I had a request from Kathy Purdy of Cold Climate Gardening to see some bridge photos from my nearly 65,000+ garden photos. I found a few.

Most bridges straddle a stream, whether man-made or natural. Some are a larger scale that you might be considering in your own space. Some are tiny though, and approachable for a home gardener.

So these are for my friend Kathy, and anyone else that’s contemplated having some bridge-work done.

Are there any garden features I can find for you?

Whatever it is, I may have it in those 65,000+ photos! Let me know- leave a message below. Here are other garden features I’ve assembled from my collection.

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One of my favorites. This is on Prospect Street and is open for Garden Walk Buffalo. This is the tight space between two garages on a small urban lot.
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Close up of the bridge above – the bridge covers most of the stream. I think the concept of “fording” some water and the sound of the babbling fountain help put a mental distance between the comfortable sitting area and the rest of the world.
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Industrial chic. Found in a Garden Walk Buffalo garden in the Parkside neighborhood.
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Okay, it’s still a bridge – but in miniature. This can be found in the moss garden of past Garden Walk Buffalo president Arlan Peter’s garden on Norwood Avenue during Garden Walk Buffalo.
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Kreutzer Creek has a simple curvy bridge. This Cheektowaga garden is open for viewing during our Tours of Open Gardens on Thursdays and Fridays in July.
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The moon bridge in the Japanese garden of the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in Pasadena, California.
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A bridge in the Chinese garden of the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in Pasadena, California.
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Timeless stone in the Chinese garden at Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua NY.
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Classic colored red in the Chinese garden at Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua NY.
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Another miniature bridge, found in the Cheektowaga garden shown earlier. If I were to have a bridge in my garden, it would be along these lines.
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Another view of the bridge in the Kreutzer’s Cheektowaga garden. Slippery when wet.
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Rustic in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park.
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A bridge to no where. It’s got all the parts, including water underneath, but is functionally useless. Found in a garden in the KenTon Garden Tour.
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Garden author Felder Rushing on the bridge shown in the lead photo, Atlanta.
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The Japanese Garden at Butchart Gardens, Victoria BC, Canda.
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The lead photo. It’s a bridge in a Monet-like garden over a man-made stream in the garden of a Arthur Blank, a Home Depot co-founder in Atlanta, GA.
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The bridge over a stream on the lake where I grew up. Friends and family made the bridge as a gift for my dad’s retirement. The other side of the bridge was my aunt and uncle’s lakeside property. It got a lot of traffic. Sometimes sober.
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Wouldn’t you like to have this covered bridge in your garden? This bridge in Williamsville, NY, crosses a natural creek and ties the property on both sides of the creek together. As a matter of fact, the family pool is on the other side of the creek (you can see a bit of it in the background) from their house.

I have a long-time garden blog, a popular garden on America's largest garden tour, and have co-written a book on garden design titled, "Buffalo-Style Gardens: Create a Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Private Garden with Eye-Catching Designs" When I'm not doing all that, I am an advertising designer always out looking to design things to promote your business. Look me up at #jcharlier.

1 comment on “Bridging gardens

  1. Thank you! Lots of good ideas here.

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