St. Alban’s Garden Arcade
A Rose-Covered Walkway – The Epitome of Romanticism
An arcade in garden architecture is a walkway enclosed at both sides and covered with a roof of plants. While often created from hornbeam hedges, it can also be made from wooden or wrought-iron arches along which climbing plants are trained. In the Renaissance and Baroque periods, arcades were a common feature in the gardens of stately homes, the perfect place to promenade, or to meet up for an intimate rendezvous. Today we still regard the arcade as the epitome of Romanticism.
Arcades give a garden structure, while at the same time connecting its different parts. They provide shade from the hot sun and invite us to take stroll, transporting us back to an earlier era of romance. As free-standing structures separate from a house, they guide us through larger gardens and create special defined spaces. In smaller gardens, of course, this won’t work as well, as an arcade can easily seem oversized in a more confined space. However, if erected along the perimeter of a garden, it can be an ideal way of providing greater privacy.
An arcade heavily laden with climbers
Regarding measurements, there is a rule of thumb: the longer the arcade, the wider it should be, as this helps to ensure optimal proportions. However, it is also possible to produce optical illusions by playing with height, length and width. A short arcade can be “lengthened” by making it slightly narrower – and vice versa. As well as being extremely stable, our unpretentiously elegant metal frames are also much more durable than the wooden structures that were once in fashion. Climbers with blooms, such as roses or clematis, are quick to conquer this arcade and, in no time, they create an enchanting play of light and shadow. Alone or in company, a walk through the garden becomes an experience to savour.
At St. Albans in Hertfordshire, in the Garden of the Royal National Rose Society, Classic Garden Elements erected an arcade extraordinaire – an elliptically curved structure 114 metres long! Three metres high, 2.5 metres wide, and supported by 8 cm-thick steel tubes, it is hot-dip galvanized and powder-coated in black. “St. Albans” is the name we have given our arcade and we will be very pleased to manufacture one for you, in line with your design specifications and measurements. You will need a specialist contractor to install the arcade either by bolting it to a concrete base or by using concrete plugs.
The ‘Garden Archway St Albans’ is made of steel, hot-dip galvanised and powder-coated. 10 years guarantee on rust.
Garden Archway St Albans / Basic Element (Width 250 cm. Height 300 cm. Length 600 cm. Altogether 8 Poles): £4.480,00
Garden Archway St Albans / Follow Up Element (Width 250 cm. Height 300 cm. Length 200 cm. Altogether 2 Poles.): £1.270,00
The prices listed here cover the technical drawing and shipping costs (not including installation) in mainland UK. They serve only as a rough guide and we will be delighted to send you an individual quote on request.