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  • [French Inspiration] The Provence Collection

    Posted on by Ashley Bel

    The classic design that inspired the Provence outdoor patio collection were found along the coastal region of France.  The beautiful blue sea, the impressive view, and the history of the region molded the design of each piece in the collection.   

    The Provence collection is constructed of wrought iron in the process of shaping the iron into the design that creates the gentle angles. 

    The Provence Patio Collection comes in a standard 48-inch patio table and chairs set, 

    Sunset West Provence Wrought Iron Dining Set

     Wrought Iron with pewter finish 
     Sunset West Progressive Springing System technology used in deep seating
     Sunset West exclusively uses Sunbrella fabric for cushions
     Select from additional Sunbrella swatches as special order
     Product is designed in the US and scaled for the American consumer
     All Sunset West products are warrantied for personal and commercial use
     Low Maintenance clean with a hose or cloth and water with diluted dish detergent

    • Table Dimensions: W44 X D44 X H29 70 lbs
    • Chair Dimensions: 24W x 26D x 36H inches
    • Chair Weight: 18 lbs

    Some of the other nice features of the Provence collection is the large oversized Sunbrella® covered outdoor cushions.  The collection has both a love seat and large outdoor sofa.

    Sunset West Provence Sofa

    Sunset West Provence Sofa

     Wrought Iron with pewter finish 
     Sunset West Progressive Springing System technology used in deep seating
     Sunset West exclusively uses Sunbrella fabric for cushions
     Select from additional Sunbrella swatches as special order
     Product is designed in the US and scaled for the American consumer
     All Sunset West products are warrantied for personal and commercial use
     Low Maintenance clean with a hose or cloth and water with diluted dish detergent

    • Dimensions: 76W x 36D x 36H inches
    • Weight: 60 lbs

    To learn more about the Sunset West Provence Outdoor Patio Collection, visit here.

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  • Garden Fountains of New Orleans: From Witchcraft to Weddings

    Posted on by Ashley Bel

    Witchcraft to Weddings 

    This past Sunday, I was looking for inspiration for a new garden design that was going to have a large garden fountain as the focal point.  I decided to look for inspiring garden fountains around the city of New Orleans, and I headed to City Park. 

    I walked into the Popp's Fountain located on the west side of City Park just off of Marconi Boulevard.  I have tried over the years to remember that you can only enter the fountain in Sundays between 9a-5pm.  It is amazing.  Massive amounts of water shooting into the sky creating this mesmerizing sound.  I could have spent the day just sitting and watching.   The Popp Fountain at City Park in New Orleans has some interesting history. Built in 1937 and used for magical ceremonies by Mary Oneida Toups of The Religious Order of Witchcraft.

    My goal today was to find inspiration for a client for their project in Florida.  I decided to use the Campania International Estate Longvue Fountain.  It is replacing an existing fountain that has an issue with paint falling off the fountain.  They have chosen a cast stone fountain because of the acid patina as well as the durability of the stone.   

    The garden will have four pathways that meet in the middle where the Lougvue Fountain will be placed. The garden will be farmed with wintergreen boxwood and the pathways will be compacted pea gravel.  The interior plantings will be used for seasonal perennials and color to create a showplace.  In addition to the fountain, we will be using several other pieces of cast stone garden decor such as garden benches and urns.  

    From Witchcraft to Weddings.... from The Garden Gates on Vimeo.

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  • Outdoor Projects: Planning for Spring

    Posted on by Ashley Bel

    Planning for Outdoor Projects for Spring 

    Each year Spring gives us the opportunity to create a new outdoor space or design at home in the garden.  As the weather transitions, " Spring Fever" begins to take over all our outdoor activities.   

    Planning Outdoor Projects: 

    Planning for a new outdoor project during the colder months gives you the chances for excitement when the weather changes.  Here are four tips to make planning those outdoor projects. 

    1. Pictures: Take photos of the area - taking photographs allows you to draw design mock-up of design ideas.  Each time you think of a new idea or design, sketch it out, this will help you visualize the space. 
    2. Color: Think about colors that compliment our home and existing outdoor decor. Often, we see bad choices on color selection of outdoor statues, patio furniture, and plant material that does not enhance the existing outdoors.  
    3. Research: Create Pinterest boards, research hashtags in Instagram, and follow your favorite designers on YouTube.  This research will allow you to build a better project that looks professionally designed. 
    4. Budget: Setting up a budget that is sensible is the key to a completed project.  Often, projects are left unfinished, or corners are cut because of the budget. It is always best to allocate a 10-15 percent increase in any budget to cover an unexpected cost.  

    Ideas for Outdoor Projects  

    Create a focal point using a stand-alone fountain

    https://www.thegardengates.com/collections/large-garden-fountains
    Outdoor seating areas with all weather rattan furniture

    outdoor seating areas


    Add garden statues

    Campania International Four Seasons Fall Garden Statue
    Grouping of ceramic planters

    Campania International Delphine Planter Set Of 5 In Falling Jade

     Planning outdoor projects for the Spring is never easy but with some research, careful planning, and a practical budget, it will be a success.  

     

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  • Dirty Little Secret About Potting Soil

    Posted on by Ashley Bel

    How Dirty Is Your Potting Soil 

    There is a huge misconception about the potting material we use for planting, growing, and repotting- not all soil is created equal.  Most likely as the weather begins to warm and the sunsets later in the day, the Miracle-Gro commercials start to roll. Our favorite Home Depot and Lowes home centers will be exploiting the high quality of the potting sold for sale for $8.99- $13.99  for a huge bag of garbage.  

    Many of the products sold at the mass merchant's are nothing but colorful bags of Marketing budget.  When you take a bag of Miracle Gro potting soil and open the bag, you will find a mulch like material and several people have reported debris, poison ivy, cigarette butts, and other junk found in the bads.  Using the product for seasonal color, herbs, or flowering baskets produces poor results.  Other potting soils sold at low prices at these same stores are full of some organic material but with closer investigation, it is nothing more than looks like ground up 2"x4" and other waste.   

    As this blog about potting soil is promotional about the sell Metro Mix Potting Soil. When we owned production greenhouses, we grew hundreds of thousands of annuals, perennials, and herbs using Metro Mix potting soil with exceptional results.  Today, NYU, FSU, and several other universities purchase Metro Mix 360 potting soil from TheGardenGates.com. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Get Fired Up: Let That Outdoor Chef Come Alive

    Posted on by Ashley Bel

    As the outdoor cooking season gets closer with the temperatures rising, it has never been a better time to get outdoors and grill.  Outdoor grilling allows you to prepare meals for family and friends that will challenge today's greatest culinary stars.  

    The Primo Grill gives the user the ability to cook a wide variety of meals from grilling to smoking as well as baking.  Over the years, I have been able to create some amazing meals on the Primo Grill will my go to meal spatchcock chicken.  It is such a simple way to easily cook chicken by " breaking the chicken" by removing the backbone.

    Once you have removed the backbone, just season and place on the grill with the temperature 350 degrees for 60 mins on average for a chicken that is five pounds. If you are using another grill, make sure to cook the internal temperature to 165 degrees.  

    Grilled Chicken Cooked on a Primo Grill

    Smoke, Grill, Sear - Our Two Best Grills for an Outdoor Chef

    The Primo Oval JR 200 All-In-One is deceptively large when it comes to cooking ability. Two 14 lb. turkeys can be roasted simultaneously. Perfect as a primary grill or as a complement to your existing grill. Features include a cast iron top vent, easy-to-read thermometer, porcelain coated reversible cooking grates, and stainless steel draft door.

    Primo Oval JR 200 All-In-One

    Grill Weight 145 lbs. 67.77kg
    Cooking Area 210 sq in. 1,355cm2
    Optional Rack System 150 sq in. 968cm2
    Total Cooking Area 360 sq in. 2,323cm2
    Cooking Grid 13.5” x 18.5” 34cm x 47cm
    Temperature Range 150°—850°F+ 66°C—454°C+

     

    The Primo Oval LG 300 All-In-One is perfect for cooking “large” amounts of food. Grill, bake, roast or smoke any food. A great choice when you want to cook for as little as two people or up to 20 guests. Features include a cast iron top vent, easy-to-read thermometer, porcelain coated reversible cooking grates, and stainless steel draft door.

    Primo Oval LG 300 All-In-One

    Grill Weight 250 lbs. 113.40kg
    Cooking Area 300 sq in. 1,935cm2
    Optional Rack System 195 sq in. 1,258cm2
    Total Cooking Area 495 sq in. 3,193cm2
    Cooking Grid 15” x 22” 38cm x 56cm
    Temperature Range 150°—850°F+ 66°C—454°C+

     

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