Harnessing the Magic of Moon Gates
Adding hardscape elements like walls, terraces, and paved walkways to your garden design will bring a welcome dash of whimsy, intrigue, and visual interest. One such oriental, Tolkien-esque addition is the famous moon gate. These circular or semi-circular entryways have been around for centuries, originating in China during the Tang dynasty and later being incorporated into Japanese and English gardens as a popular landscaping architecture style.
While these round structures are traditionally built into a wall and made from natural materials like stone, brick, wood, or bamboo, they can also follow a more contemporary freestanding design constructed using steel or concrete. The shape symbolises harmony and unity, and is traditionally thought to bring good luck and fortune to those who pass through them.
The moon gate is often used to encircle a stunning view, whether it be a distant mountain range or a nearby pond. Its symmetrical shape creates a natural frame for the landscape, drawing attention to the beauty beyond. This effect can be further enhanced by placing plants or other elements that complement the view, creating a stunning backdrop.
Moon gates can also be used to direct the flow of traffic through the garden. For example, a moon gate strategically placed at the entrance of a garden can create a dramatic sense of anticipation and mystery, drawing visitors into the space. Alternatively, a moon gate can be used to mark the transition from one area of the garden to another, especially when placed at the end of a path or garden section.
Favoured for more than just its aesthetic value, the moon gate can create a sense of enclosure, bringing a feeling of privacy and seclusion. It can also provide shade and shelter from the elements, making it an ideal spot for relaxation or meditation.
Imagine walking through a magical portal that transports you to a world of beauty and wonder. That’s what a moon gate can bring to your garden design. So, why not take a leap into the mystical world of moon gates and make your garden an even more beautiful and captivating place?
Brief Garden, Sri Lanka
Surrounded by lush planting, this verdant moon gate takes a uniquely tropical slant.
The Long Garden, Bedford
This moon gate cleverly connects the main garden area with a raised vegetable garden, creating a sense of harmony and flow. The shape mirrors that of the fish pond whilst framing different perspectives, welcoming visitors to explore.
Brahman Hills, KwaZulu-Natal
Tim Steyn Landscaping
Diverging from the normal use of brick or stone, this statement straw structure becomes a portal to different parts of the garden, while also paying tribute to the area’s agricultural past.