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Where to buy functional garden bridges...

Posted by annaca CA (My Page) on
Fri, Oct 30, 09 at 0:03

Hi all gardeners,

I am a newbie here and in the gardening field And has been amazed by the members here and their passion for gardening.. We are having our really small yard landscaped and are on the look out for a walkable bridge. What size do you guys think would be the best without overpowering the yard and more importantly, where can I buy one without breaking the bank? We live in San Ramon if that is of any help...
I am eagerly waiting for replies...


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RE: Where to buy functional garden bridges...

Hi Anna,
I have never seen a reasonably priced bridge, and I have been looking for five years. If you find a nice arched wooden bridge eight feet long, four feet wide, let me know!

We built a flat wooden bridge across our pond. The bridge is four feet wide, and I would not want it any narrower. I suppose if you are only walking over it occasionally for fun it could be as narrow as two feet, but we use ours daily to get to the office and the back yard. Here's a photo:

pond 2005

The style of the bridge has much to do with its presence in a small yard. Very fussy bridges with high arches and elaborate handrails feel different than flat plain bridges without handrails.

I am of the school that thinks bigger is better. In a small yard, I like a big, low arched bridge with no rails built into the landscape.

Welcome to Gardenweb!
Renee


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Thanks Renee, for your reply and your welcome to GardenWeb. I have to say, your garden looks great! And you built that yourself? Wow! I kind of like the bridge with the low railings, but our landscaper says a bridge with no rails is best. Anyway, I think we cannot afford a bridge right now :(. One website I contacted offered a 4 feet arched bridge with no railings for $300.00, which was still beyond our budget. If only we had the talent to build one like you...


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Oh, Anna- no talent required. The bridge is two 4x4x8s laid across the water and sixteen 2x6x4s screwed down on top.

Cutting an arch takes talent. That's why ours is flat. Some day I'll sit down and figure out arched bridges...

And you can always put a bridge in later if you plan for it now. If you get the time, post a photo of your yard when it's done- we'd love to see it!
Renee


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Sure Renee, I'll definitely post a pic... :)


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Hey gals,

I just googled garden bridge plans and wooden garden bridges and lots of websites and some plans are free and some you pay for.
Lowes and HD websites also have how-to libraries.
HGTV and DYInetwork also have help.
I definately think Anna you can do this, just make sure you buy the right wood.


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Thanks for the vote of confidence :) ... I'll definitely look ar those sites....


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  • Posted by cagary zone 10 CA (My Page) on
    Fri, Oct 30, 09 at 22:40

This bridge was on sale at Green Thumb Nursery in Lake Forest (south Orange County). Its made from cast iron. Its heavy, but it'll last in my garden for a long time.

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There's a nice one on ebay for around $120. Australian, including shipping....

Here is a link that might be useful: bridge


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Your garden sounds lovely. I just googled this out of curiosity and found that Target has a cheap one. You may want to keep checking other sites as well.

Here is a link that might be useful: Target Garden Bridge


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Thank you so much guys... I'll definitely check these links out...

What do you think of the following?

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/decorative-wooden-bridge-with-planter-rails.aspx?a=554360

Here is a link that might be useful: Bamboo Bridge...


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The price is right on the first one. With your time and buying wood, you couldn't make it for that...but depends on shipping. It would be easy to make.
If your garden is asian themed the bamboo would be nice also...and being renewable your garden would definately be green ;)


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I loved the bamboo but almost fainted at the shipping... $101!
The wood bridge is far better shipping wise $18...

What about these...

http://www.egardenbridges.com/garden-bridges/cedar-garden-bridges/6ftfunctionalwoodenbridge.cfm

http://www.egardenbridges.com/garden-bridges/cedar-garden-bridges/4ftfunctionalwoodenbridge.cfm

The 4 ft one might be better for a small yard? ...


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I love the bamboo bridge. I think the little one is too little. You should try walking over one that is that size to get an idea of how it feels.


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Found one more site!

Here is a link that might be useful: Redwood Bridges


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I made an arched bridge from redwood with a Skilsaw and a cordless drill, a piece of string, a pencil and a little arithmetic. The most time consuming part was painting all of the pieces with the Thompson's Water Seal.


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Thank you so much for all the info.... I'll definitely look into all the information...


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