The garden bench at the far end of this bocce court is a simple three piece affair made from 10 inch thick slabs of Canadian granite. It took more than a few men to haul it to this spot, and set it up. Short of an earthquake, it will probably still be sitting quietly in this spot 100 years from now. A courtside bench is a utilitarian gesture-nonetheless, I like the look of it here. Though I don’t often sit in the garden, I like having that opportunity.
This classic English Chippendale style painted bench lightens the look of a massive stone wall. The curved seat makes it comfortable for longer than a moment. This picture was taken on a sunny, very early spring day; I remember the warmth radiating from the stone made it a very comfortable place to sit. Garden benches do a great job of providing a place to enjoy a moment outdoors.
Very old age has blurred the detail of the carved limestone legs and feet of this English bench. The feet remind me of a Clydesdale draft horse; this bench has a very strong and sturdy look. Though the legs are massive, the bench is short. It has a charmingly eccentric appearance that could make a shady spot in a garden seem more like an enchanted forest.
The long and low oak bench was made specifically for this spot on a pool deck next to a Belgian oak box. Both pieces are finished with marine varnish that is redone every few years. The warm golden brown color is a beautiful contrast to the white, greys and blues that dominate.
These galvanized and acid washed steel benches are reproductions of an antique French bench. The original bench was painted white; the paint is worn through and the steel has rusted in a number of places. Though the style and size of both are identical, the difference in finish makes them look entirely different. It is interesting how a color or a finish can change the identity of any object.
This country style bench is painted a beautiful French blue. A sitting area facing the garden-the person who owns this bench gives away what he considers the important view, by how he has placed the furniture. It is not so usual to walk into a space, and see the back of a bench. He clearly is interested in a front row seat in his garden.
These oak and steel benches were made to match an existing Belgian table with a concrete top. Benches at a dining table are friendly-people can sit elbow to elbow. This white oak will weather to a soft medium grey.
This grand Victorian cast iron bench with stylised fern leaves is flanked by a pair of antique English limestone pedestals. Very formal and elegant, it compliments a formally designed shaded garden. Cast iron in a garden will need to be repainted once in a while; the combination of iron , oxygen and water invariably result in rust. This seems like a fairly minor amount of maintenance for a garden ornament as lovely as this.
This bench, home to a resting French concrete deer, puts a pair of cylindrical planters in contact with an old composite science lab table top. No one said a place to sit in a garden has to be fancy, it just has to seat you in a style that pleases your eye. There’s nothing quite like sitting out in the garden.