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Your questions answered

We’re looking for a gazebo for summer entertaining but want something more decorative than timber. Any ideas?

‘A rusted-iron gazebo will extend your outdoor living space and create a very decorative garden focal point,’ says Jan Howard, owner of Room in the Garden. ‘This elegant, hand-crafted pavilion comes with a rusted-iron chandelier for candlelit summer evenings and can be left as an open structure for climbing plants or fitted with roof or side liners. The gazebo can be seen in situ at The Walled Garden at Cowdray in West Sussex.’

I’d like some quirky seating to inject wit into a favourite area of my garden. Any ideas?
‘The Blooming bench, designed by Tom Hatfield, is an eye-catching piece,’ says Sean Sutcliffe, Managing Director, Benchmark. ‘Hand crafted from solid FSC iroko with an oiled finish, it’s angled at 1° and includes a zinc channel for rainwater, which runs down into a frost-proof pot (included) at one end to keep plants watered.’

Can you recommend a striking swing seat for my garden?
‘A wooden swing seat is a wonderfully relaxing spot from which to enjoy your garden,’ says Martin Young, owner of Sitting Spiritually. ‘The Kyokusen frame is handmade from naturally curved FSC oak in five back designs, and available as a two-, three- or four-seat model.’

Can you help me find a heavenly garden hideaway?
‘Our imaginatively designed Mypod swing cocoons you to give a feeling of sheer escape,’ says Stephen Myburgh, owner of Myburgh Designs. ‘Hand crafted in copper, the ridged sculptural design brings a magical touch to a garden and mellows with age to blend beautifully with its surroundings. The swing is virtually maintenance free, but occasional waxing with soft beeswax brings out the copper’s lovely patina.’

I’m looking for a tree bench for our country garden. Any ideas?
‘The gentle, organic shape of this spiral design creates a scenic spot in which to rest and enjoy the views, scents and sounds of the garden,’ says Simon Burvill, Managing Director, Gaze Burvill. ‘Hand-crafted in solid oak, the dramatic curves are achieved by steam-bending the wood, and the seat can be made to any size. If you don’t have a tree, you could plant fragrant herbs or wild flowers under the middle section of the bench.’

Can you suggest the perfect modern country-style hammock for my garden?
‘While away a sunny afternoon relaxing in this stylish, rustic-looking striped cotton hammock from Danish company Lene Bjerre,’ says Kate Mooney, Chief Executive Officer, Occa-Home. ‘There are two round hooks at either end of the hammock where the rope strings join after passing through wooden batons, designed to help spread the fabric open to full effect and allow the hammock to dry quickly if it rains.’

I’d like to invest in a small bench for a wooded area. Any ideas?
‘A well-placed bench makes a world of difference to a garden and a stunning handmade piece will sit timelessly throughout the seasons,’ says Marnie Moyle of Green Oak Furniture. ‘My benches are hand crafted, using traditional woodworking skills, in English green oak and have a hand-scrubbed finish to enhance the timber’s texture and reduce the environmental impact of planing and sanding. As a finishing touch, an inscription can be carved around the edge of the seat.’

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