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Great Garden Benches

Updated on May 12, 2011


My parents used to spend two weeks every summer at one rented cottage or another. They were often in the Fenelon Falls, Ontario area, and my memories of that time, while somewhat fuzzy, are also warm.

When I was six my uncle bought a cottage not too far out of Huntsville, Ontario and we started spending our summers there. I loved it and hated to leave. Each night we had a bonfire with wood gathered from the forest all around us.

There were two benches, very simple affairs, basically a plan about six inches wide, two deep and six long fastened to two logs about two feet high and a foot in diameter. I am guessing at the sizes but that is what my memory offers.

My father and uncle hammered them together. We sat and enjoy the fire, toast marshmallows and bake potatoes right in the coals. My enjoyment of a good bench dates back to those days.

I view a bench as a temporary sitting place, a spot, hopefully quiet to enjoy the view, feel the sun and smell the roses. Over the years I have sat and contemplated my surrounding and my place in the universe on a wide variety of benches across Canada.

In the home garden, the purpose of the bench remains the same, a quiet spot to sit and watch the garden grow; to enjoy the birds and bees just doing their thing. You can get a garden bench that rocks or is made from recycled plastic called polywood. They come in a variety of colours and sizes and are designed to enhance yoru garden d├ęcor.

Of course, if you would prefer you can buy a traditional wood bench or one that is made from cast aluminum. The choice is yours.

The ideal garden setting is near a water feature such as a pond or in a quiet corner near your favourite flowers. I see the bench not as the place I sit and read but where I sit and immerse myself in the surroundings.

The meditation garden is a great site for a wooden bench, on with a good back support so that you can sit without feeling any lower back pain for an hour or so. Perhaps, the butt test is the best way to judge a bench, as I said; I see benches as short term sitting places, and so if you can sit on one for 50 minutes without your butt hurting, then it is fine.

The garden bench enhances the quiet place in your garden, the getaway spot where you sit and just be.


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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Cast iron makes a nice bench, thanks for dropping by.

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    Priscilla Chan 

    8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

    Love to have a grden bench! Can you make me one? LOL. I kept thinking that I want to buy a concrete one but it is expensive and heavy. I don't think I want to have a wooden one though with the weather in IL. Thanks for the hub, Bob. Nice!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Sometimes a chair is what one needs, thanks for dropping by.


  • jill of alltrades profile image

    jill of alltrades 

    9 years ago from Philippines

    I love this hub! Unfortunately, my garden is so small, there is not enough space to put a bench.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    I can indeed, thanks for dropping by.

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    9 years ago

    A bench makes a Garden, no doubt, and I am buying the flip camcorder, can you believe this LOL,Thanks,Kimberly

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, it is almost Fall here as well and the lsaves are turning, thanks for droppin by.

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    9 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

    I was just going to buy one, but now I will build it!!

    Thanks for the info! and judydiane, I am in northern MN and the leaves are starting to turn now..the maples are red...It is going to be another pretty fall!! Maybe I will take pics and post them for everyone...

    This was a great hub and reminded me of going to Cape Cod when I was a child.....(and eating scallops LOL)

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, enjoy and thanks for dropping by.

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    9 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

    It's still in the 90s here in Florida, so the best time to sit and enjoy nature outside is between October and May. It won't be long! I miss the cool weather up North sometimes, especially in the Fall, when the leaves turn.

    Thanks for giving me something to look forward to in October when I can go to the park and sit on a bench.


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