The Arbor Project: The Side Details (Sneak Peek 3)

Today’s sneak peak reveals a couple more features of the Arbor.  The picture to the right reveals the sides but also offers a glimmer of the landscaping.  I could have built solid sides for the arbor but I had an idea that repeats a diamond shape theme from another element of the arbor. The diamonds are made from 1″x2″s with eyehooks in the corners.  The eyehooks attach to a black chain that matches the solar lanterns we hung. My orginal intent was to have the diamonds attach at each corner to the arbor to become mostly stabilized.  As I was attaching the top I realized that the diamonds would gently turn as they caught the breeze and become a wind feature. My mom even recommended I add some prisms to the inside of the diamonds to reflect the light. I think it’s a good idea and may do that later. 

In the back you can see a couple of the plantings and the stone border. The stones are 16 inches long (41 pounds!) and define the border between the self seeding garden and the arbor.

Previous Peeks!

Sneak Peek 1: Solar Lights

Sneak Peek 2: Scotch Moss

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About Dave

Dave has written since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 4 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave has a side business growing and selling heirloom vegetables and herb plants through Blue Shed Gardens and works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.


  1. You sure are being a tease, Dave! I can’t wait to see the whole thing!

  2. Wow not only are you handy but creative! Now I need to go check out the sneak peak 2 since I obviously missed it completely. 😉

  3. This looks beautiful. I can’t wait to see the finished project.

  4. Love the triangles. That sure is going to be some arbor. Can’t wait.

  5. What a great idea to have the diamonds hanging so the will move in the breeze, and the prisms in the center will be the crowning glory.

  6. Looking good Dave! You have worked really hard and are most creative.

  7. Dave, Love the picture frames blowing in the wind! The prisms are even small stained glass pieces would look lovely. I think folks can invidualize your design to suit their gardens. gail

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