Magazine article Sunset

Party Arches ... Blooming

Magazine article Sunset

Party Arches ... Blooming

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Nothing invites guests into the garden faster than festive trellises laced with bloom. The freestanding arch pictured above--built by Bill Caldwell as a backdrop for his own garden wedding and decorated by Laurie Stern Floral Art, of El Cerrito, California--is a good choice if you entertain in the garden frequently. The trellis pictured at right, made of three green-stained tree stakes lashed together with florist's wire, goes together quickly and inexpensively.

Portable floral arch

To adapt Bill Caldwell's design, buy a wood trellis ($129 to $200) at a garden supply and set it over a pathway. Some wood trellises come with bottom stakes that sink into the ground. For ones that don't, you may need to provide extra support in windy areas. Sink ends into soil, or secure the trellis to stakes set into the soil on either side.

Instant trellis of tree stakes

At a nursery, buy two 8-foot-long stakes (at least as sturdy as 1-by-ls), and one 5-foot-long stake for the top.

In windy areas, use thicker stakes (or double up the 1-by-ls). Sink the 8-foot stakes about 1 1/2 feet into soil, one on either side of the path, then position and secure the top stake to them with wire. …

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