What turns a bunch of plants into a garden? The area pictured above was just a scrubby patch of woods when we moved in. Two trees were removed. (You can see the stump of one of them under the little table.) Then I pulled or cut numerous tree seedlings, and carefully pruned the sapling behind the bench so it would provide a sense of shelter without poking anyone in the ribs.
But remove the bench and it still looks like a scrubby patch of woods. Why? A garden is a human creation and the bench suggests a human presence. It tells you that people belong here. I would go even further and say that when you see that bench in the distance, it invites you to come and sit down.
Add a bench; create a garden
The easiest way to turn a plant collection into a garden is to add a bench. Ideally you will be able to situate the bench among the plants so that it offers a pleasant view and a sense of protection. Often you can do this by placing the bench diagonally in a corner, or up against a tree or a wall. It may take a little more imagination to come up with a good view, especially if you are in an urban area. You may have to resort to a screen of some sort, or have your bench face a wall or fence that has plants or artwork hanging on it.Earlier this year I received a bench from Teak Closeouts to review. The bench was shipped flat, but was easy to assemble, though it does help to have a second person to hold things while you screw them in. It felt extremely sturdy once assembled, which was a relief to me, as the last bench I bought actually fell apart on me.
I thought it was so attractive that I gave it pride of place on the porch. Without a bench, a porch is just a place to fish your keys out of your pocket without getting rained on. Seated on the bench, you can enjoy a summer rainstorm, or get your homework done while listening to the birds and smelling the fragrant flowers growing nearby.
Check out Teak Closeouts for benches, tables, chairs and more
I was impressed by the unambiguous language and honest explanations on the Teak Closeouts website. They tell you exactly what they are offering and why they are able to keep their prices low. They clearly explain the different grades of teak and illustrate the difference between oiled teak and weathered teak. Besides benches, they offer all sorts of outdoor furniture, as well as unique decorative items. If it’s time to turn your collection of plants into a garden, I can think of no better place to buy a bench than from Teak Closeouts. It will be more expensive than the bench I bought from a certain hobby shop with a 50% off coupon, but it will last a lot longer and will look good while it ages.
I received a complimentary teak bench from Teak Closeouts for the purpose of this review.