Distinctive Design, Fabrication & Restoration for Interiors, Garden & Landscape
Plank Road Studios
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By the mid 19th Century in America, Gardenesque
and Victorian styles adopted elaborate trellis
patterns for gazebos, summerhouses, belvederes,
bowers and arbors. From a simple pergola underpinning a clematis to a splendid pavilion hosting a wedding, intricate geometries of Treillage provide both shade and dappled light while its diaphanous structure invites cooling breezes.
Casting a dramatic silhouette within a landscape tableau, sturdy treillage frames serve to support vigorous vines and cultivars with vibrant, fragrant blooms, creating enhanced ambiance in any garden.
two steel hemispherical arch bowers, Yardley House, Historic Jamestown, VA
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The Romans used trellis for grape vines, the Egyptians for their dwarf fruit trees, and by the 17th Century the European art of Treillage [Fr. from treille, a vine arbor] had achieved a new apogee. Fine examples built by highly skilled 'treillegeurs' were found at Versaille's cabinet du verdure in the Enceladus grove, and in the Dutch gardens of Hett Loo. These grandiose architectural structures, replete with intricate joinery, details and motifs, were celebrated by royalty and their courtiers while strolling through vast pleasure gardens.