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Gallery of Benches in Gardens - Relaxing in a Garden or Park

Updated on November 25, 2011
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Stopping to Relax while taking the outdoors.

"Give your stress wings and let it fly away." Quote by Terri Guillemets

We all could use a little less stress in our lives. Gardens can be very relaxing and beautiful places to relieve stress. Really, anyplace outdoors where you can stop and sit or just rest a while can do wonders for the heart, mind and soul.

I am a huge fan of gardens of all kinds. I try to go to them whenever I can, because they do relieve stress and are a great way to learn new things, and get one's mind off of other things. Taking a break, a rest, in this way can do so much good. I notice that avid garden lovers often leave a gift or donation of a bench to a garden at their passing. It is like they knew it would be a great gift to give to others, the gift of stopping and resting in a garden setting. What a wonderful gift to give to others.

One does not really need a bench to do this, as we can really sit down anywhere on a fairly clear day, and enjoy the outdoors. We can sit in chairs or just keep walking, etc. Still, this gallery is dedicated to benches in gardens. To me, they are an image of peace and tranquility and quiet happiness. I have seen people bring a book to sit and read on a bench like these, or even take a short nap. So nice!

Photos of Benches in Gardens and Parks

Photo 1 - This photo was taken in a very quiet area in Chesterfield Missouri. It was down a dirt road where there were some trees changing color, getting read for fall. I loved the white bench looking so small near the trees. Its just an inviting thing.

Photo 2 - This is a little path going to a koi fish pond. I loved the flowers in bloom, and those about to bloom one early spring day. Taken in St. Louis Missouri, I love this spot not too far from a beautiful Japanese Garden at the botanical gardens there.

Photo 3 - This may be one of my favorite photos, because of the colors changing in some of the trees, along with the dark colored bench that is just so beautiful. Its such a peaceful area and it would be so nice to go and rest by yourself there, or with a loved one or friend. Do we do that enough? I think I could do it more.

Photos 4 & 5 - These were taken in a woodland garden setting. Its usually very shady and so nice in this area. More wooded than anything, with water nearby and little animals running around. You can hear the birds chirping too. These are great places to get calm and refocus on what is really important in life.

Photo 6 - This is another favorite photo of mine, and I think the gardeners that created this and keep it up do a wonderful job. This one is also taken at the Botanical garden, and this area changes throughout the year a lot. I love the color combination, the woman statue, the fountain in the background, and the little garden pond nearby. All so lovely.

Photo 7 - This is a pond with a nice little bench and lovely trees nearby. The ducks love to come here, and every year I see new ducklings when I am able to go there. What a nice place to relax and watch some wild life and take in the surrounding beauty.

Photo 8 - This stone bench blends right in beautifully with the path it is on. It seems to have grown right on up out of the path, just waiting for people to come and rest a while.

Photo 9 - This is a really neat area, like a courtyard kind of but different. There are big wooden trellises and wooden arches throughout here. The bench sits tucked away, inviting people to come and take a rest. I loved the mums hanging in huge baskets around the building in multiple colors.

Photo 10 - This is a neat little garden structure with a nice little fountain inside of it. You can see the bench, which I love, tucked away in there. Nice for some shade on a hot day or just a place to rest your feet a while.

**My own Step Dad, loves to garden and have a bench or other optional places to sit for a time out in the garden. We had a swinging bench that we used a lot. So thankful for those times, even though I may not have fully realized how special they were long ago. Over time, that bench needed to be repaired, but he always did repair it. Thank you to the people that help to make enjoying life a little bit easier, by sharing or giving of a bench.

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Barry, thank you for your comment and visit. :)

      Mary, I think its great you have a favorite bench you stop at when you walk your dog. That is very sweet. What a neat habit, and to meet a new friend each time is wonderful! :)

      Cresentmoon, thank you very much!

      Happyboomernurse, Thank you so much, I appreciate that. :)

      Simone, so glad to hear that! That puts a smile on my face, thank you!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Ah, I feel as though I've just spent a couple quiet minutes sitting in a garden. How refreshing!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Beautiful photos and hub. It is always a delight to happen upon a bench that's been strategically placed in a shady garden spot on a hot day, or one that's in the sun on a cool day.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

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      Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      Those are absolutely beautiful photos and I enjoyed the hub. Voted up.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Another one of your beautiful Hubs. I love benches, too. I have a favorite bench in our local park where I walk my dog, Baby. We sit there every day and watch the children play;it's such a happy place. Every time I go there I meet a new friend who will sit down beside me. Hope you day is wonderful.

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      Barry Rutherford 5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Park Bench's never seemed so attractive until now- the homeless know something we don't :)