Sunday, February 12, 2012

Garden Swings for Grown Ups (who are still children at heart)

A beautiful artistic interpretation of a garden swing for two
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A place to ponder, to absorb the surroundings, listen to the birds, sip a glass of wine with friends; experiencing a garden is an essential part of design and creating a place to sit is one way to achieve this. Yet what about a place not only to sit but also to swing?

We can learn so much from a child
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I came across this photograph again recently. Little Lilly shows pure joy as she watches the clouds through the canopy of the great cedar tree in our garden. Indeed this image was the inspiration for a post I wrote some time ago; Through a Child’s Eyes. Yet swings aren’t just for children.

A single oak plank hanging from an old apple tree may not appeal to us today, if only because we require a greater degree of comfort! Yet whether your garden style is rustic or contemporary there is a swing that will blend perfectly and afford you such simple pleasures.

A perfect spot to enjoy a perfect view

The classic porch swing never seems to get old. Natural stain or painted wood finishes, adorned with comfy cushions or faded quilts, they beckon like no other as a cosy place to while away a few hours. They offer a gathering place or quiet solitude.


This dark rattan pod chair can be
used with or without a frame.
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Weather resistant rattan and wicker have become popular materials for outdoor furniture in recent years and many companies offer hanging chairs to match. These may be hung from the overhead rafters of a pergola or suspended from their own frame – a perfect option for patios or open grassy areas.

Copper cocoon
Design by Steve Myburgh

If you really like to think outside-the-swing so to speak what about these unusual copper cocoons by artist Steve Myburgh. Featured at the 2010 Chelsea Flower Show these generated lots of interest. I have to wonder how they would fare in extreme heat so perhaps such materials need to be reserved for shadier spots.

An updated version of the canopied swing
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In fact many swings offer the additional benefit of shade by virtue of an overhead canopy or frame – an important consideration as we become more mindful of the harmful effects of toasting our skin under the hot summer rays.

The perfect lullaby
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Find yourself slipping into a gentle slumber as you rock back and forth? Why not take the swing concept a step further and incorporate a swinging bed?! What a fabulous way to watch the stars on a clear summers night.



This globe chair offers luxurious comfort and
architectural style
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As you select garden furniture, whether you need an entire set for a patio or just a special bench to tuck into a shady corner, consider the gentle movement of a swing and allow yourself to relive that lost art of just ‘being’.

In a fast paced, multi-tasking world leave your laptop, iPad and cell phone indoors and simply swing.

15 comments:

  1. Nice selection of swings there, one of the most relaxing things you can put in the garden (wish we made room for one, maybe in the future). The copper swing might corrode and become green long term though.

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    1. I agree guys. I don't think it's very practical but it sure does look good!

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  2. My fav is the dark rattan pod swing. I could picture the bed swing on our deck, it's very inviting!!! Alyson

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  3. By the way, LOVED seeing the photo of Lil on the tire swing!!!!

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  4. I love the classic porch swing. The warm weather is a few months away and I'm looking forward to swinging away an afternoon or two.

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  5. I've never understood people who only go out to the garden to work, and don't take the time just to let themselves be idle. This reminds me of your "Pooh sticks" post.

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    1. Maybe I've reinvented the slow gardening movement!

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  6. Swings in the garden add so much beauty and romanticism...and call for us to take time to be idle and observe. I like all of these swings. We have one swing, but perhaps we will add more. You have given me some ideas.

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  7. Since we have had a very mild winter with hardly no snow I have been able to swing all winter...I love my garden swing!

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    1. Sounds wonderful Debbie! Do post a photo on my Facebook page for everyone to enjoy. Just click on the link shown to the right.

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  8. A garden is not complete without a swing! You have shown some great options. The copper one would be good in a more friendly material. I think any metal would be too hot in the sun, too cool in the shade, and too hard in either! A nice outdoor cushion would perhaps solve the problem. Lately I have been thinking the concrete bench in my woodland garden needs to be replaced with something more comfortable. A swing similar to the first one would be great!

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    1. I think that's my favorite too Deborah. Warm wood or squishy cushions are more my style than the copper but I like the way the artist pushed the boundaries of accepted style.

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  9. Where cab I buy the third swing down?? The one on a porch looking at the yard and lake.
    DonWylie - dwwylie@swbell.net

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