The origin of the name gazebo is lost in the mists of time but what is known is that these forms of shelter from the sun and elements go right back to some of the earliest known gardens.
More than 5000 years ago gazebos formed part of the mystical gardens of ancient Egypt and members of the royal families often had them built as part of their funeral rights, believing they would go with them to the after-life. Depictions of gardens are found in murals on tombs dating back to the 16th century BC.
Gazebos appear in descriptions of gardens in ancient Persia, Greece and Rome and are found in the ruins of Pompeii. They became popular in England and Europe from the 16th century. In America, they even have presidential connections as George Washington used an eight-sided gazebo at Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson even wrote about them.
In Japan they are often referred to as Tea Houses. In China, illustrations of gazebos appear in ancient texts, and these structures, often called Chinese pavilions, are still used in gardens today.
The common denominator is that the gazebo is a significant and beautiful feature in a garden, it shelters people from the heat of the sun and the rain and affords a 360-degree panoramic view of the surrounding garden and countryside.
The range of gazebos from Forest Garden retain many of the traditional features but encompass 21st century wood treatment and construction techniques. Forest’s latest gazebos, new this year, include the Classic Hexagonal and the Kalahari Oval Gazebos. A gazebo is an elegant focal point in the garden, ideal for dining and summer garden parties.