Home Improvements - Moon Gates - Garden Entrances
I love gardens - the flowers, the art work and the various structures. Unique to the Chinese culture is a very special garden structure that I recently came across and wished to share with you - moon gates.
A moon gate is a garden structure that originated in China. A sign of great wealth and prosperity for the upper class in China that still holds true throughout the world today - from China to Bermuda to the United States. It is an impressive and expensive structure to design and create. What does it do besides add beauty to the garden? It is a decorative structure that invites the visitor to the garden - typically located at the entrance into the garden.
In China, the structure has a spiritual meaning - every piece of the tile and every single shape means something. The sloping roof is said to represent the half moon of the Chinese Summers and the tips of the tiles have a talisman ("A talisman (from Arabic طلاسم Tillman , ultimately from Greek telesma or from the Greek word "telein" which means "to initiate into the mysteries") is an amulet or other object considered to possess supernatural or magical powers.").
The Moon Gate Circle
The circle is a symbol of perfection to the Chinese, who have a saying, "Flowers are beautiful when the moon is full."
The Good Luck of the Moon Gate
It is said that a moon gate brings good luck to all who pass through it....
Gate - Garden Entrance
The elaborate garden entrance design of the moon gate was mimicked in the British tropical climate of many of the Bermuda gardens.
The principal difference between the Bermuda moon gate and the Chinese moon gate is often the Bermuda moon gate is open or free-standing. On occasion, a low wall may be attached.
In China, the moon gate is typically connected to a wall or solid enclosure as soon in the photo above.
Moon Gates Around the World - Bermuda China and United StatesClick thumbnail to view full-size
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As an avid gardener, I had never heard of a Moon Gate. After traveling China, I still was not fully aware of this structure. When I was writing about Bermuda I came across this term and researched it and found it fascinating.
I wanted to share my findings with you. I hope you enjoyed the beauty of this Asian treasure and like me have a new appreciation for this garden art form.