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POV: Unusual garden structures add interest

Lastly, if your garden area is naturalized or informal, the “wattle” fence may work for you. This type of fence is meant to be a natural fence section that screens off an area or provides a division. It is hand made of woven green wood and one or two sections only are constructed. The terminology is again British as the wattle-and-daub was used as a woven fence technique to form the panels of walls for thatched cottages. The woven sections were packed with mud and mortar and smoothed out to a solid finish. A wattle fence might be a fun project for those lazy days of summer!

For more information on these features, looks to the following resources:

www.bbc.co.ukgardening/design/projects/plantsupports_pergola; www.epa.gov/greenacres/wildones/handbk/wo27fence.html; www.mgovens.freeserve.co.uk; www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/egypt/explor/luxor.html; www.simplywillow.co.uk; David Stevens. “The Garden Design Sourcebook, The Essential Guide to Garden Materials and Structures,” Conran Octopus Press.

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