How Seating Helps To Define A Mood In The Garden

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The seating you choose for your garden is a reflection of the mood you’re trying to create.

Everything from a simple bench to an artistic or architectural piece makes a statement or suggestion.

Here are photos of some of my favorites:

My garden – looking out towards meadow


Bryant Park - Manhattan

Bryant Park -Manhattan

Romantic respite in a Dutch garden


Courtyard of Dutch Garden


Locus Flavum Garden


Chanticleer – stone seating area beyond The Ruin Garden


Seating Area – Private Garden In Holland


Quito, Ecuador at Cafe Cultura


Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia


NOW IT’S YOUR TURN. What type of seating do you have in your garden? What’s the most extraordinary piece you’ve ever seen that you would love to have in your garden?



Fran Sorin

Fran is the author of the highly-acclaimed book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, which Andrew Weil, M.D., recommends as "a profound and inspiring book."  

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Donna November 1, 2012, 7:00 am

Seating gives a garden intimacy and lets the viewer interact within the space. The variety of choice is endless too to help set the ambiance of the space. In my garden, I have your standard bench and patio set, but also have a seating wall and cut poplar logs for a more informal seat. Seating is important for entertaining and it takes being creative to serve a crowd.

ann November 1, 2012, 7:15 am

Love looking out toward meadow, would that be a white syringa?

Richard S. George November 1, 2012, 9:30 am


My gardens:

Lisa-St. Marys ON November 1, 2012, 9:53 am

I would like the Adirondack chairs from Chaticleer that are painted with ferns.

Africanaussie November 1, 2012, 10:16 pm

We have a swing where we sit every evening – just magic….

Cathy November 1, 2012, 11:15 pm

As much as I absolutely love the romantic corner of the Dutch garden (perfect for tea for two), those bright blue Adirondack chairs are the BEST. I can smell the wildflowers and the spring air. What a place to curl up with a thick afghan, pillow, and a book.

Sandie Anne November 4, 2012, 8:30 am

Your photos are beautiful! This is something for me to think about because I rarely sit and look at my garden which is sad. I remember my father would work in his garden and then just get any garden chair, sit, have a beer and look over his garden! He always seemed to enjoy this meditative time, relaxing after his work in the garden! I need to incorporate his habit into my gardening!

adam November 6, 2012, 1:50 am
growing rhubarb November 13, 2012, 11:05 am

I love almost all the garden settings that you have here. However the looking out towards meadow and the private garden In Holland are my personal favorites. I like them mostly because the setting looks so serene and peaceful.

gardenbug November 15, 2012, 7:49 am

We use two chopped logs with a board on top as benches in several places on our property. We also have two well used porch swings in different areas near the house

We have a cement table and two cement benches at a distance from the house.

On our patio we have chairs that are quite similar to those in your photo of the romantic Dutch garden.

We have also been known to spread out quilts for picnic moments.

Fran Sorin November 20, 2012, 1:29 am

Hi growing Rhubarb-
Thanks for your comment. I am a lover of seating that creates a place for reflection and dreaming. After all, what better place to dream and find peace than in nature? Fran

Fran Sorin November 20, 2012, 1:29 am

Thanks Adam!

Fran Sorin November 20, 2012, 1:31 am

Thanks Richard. Much appreciated. Fran

Ria November 23, 2012, 10:16 am

Fran, your meadow is beautiful! I’m gathering ideas for my own garden (fingers crossed I’ll be getting my first house in a few months) and I love reclaimed stuff like this canoe bench:

Just need to harvest my money tree and it’ll be all mine!

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