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Are you sitting comfortably? A series dedicated to garden seating.

Seating in a garden turns a display of plants into a place in which to become entranced. We only have a quarter of an acre of garden but we have a seat  around every corner and a seat to enjoy every view. I started taking photographs of seating in gardens at the beginning of last year’s garden visiting season, photographs of any bench or chair that appealed to me or seemed particularly well-placed or particularly welcoming. In this series of posts I shall choose an interesting selection for you to enjoy.

First up is this elegant metal table and chairs in a wild area of a garden away from the house where tea and cakes can be enjoyed whilst appreciating the wildlife that shares the peace that pervades this patch .


This benches in one of the green spaces at our allotment site provides an ideal place for a picnic. Here we can sit amongst meadows of grasses and wildflowers growing beneath young apple trees in one of our orchards. The feeding stations and “Edible Hedge” close by attract lots of entertaining wildlife. The birds feel safe so confidently feed a few metres from us.


Under the big old Oak tree other picnic benches provide a resting place for youngsters who visit our allotments. After exploring the meadows and the turf spiral a time to rest is in order.


In our own garden we have seats wherever there is a view or where we can sit and relax engulfed in plants.

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In the next post dedicated to the humble garden seat we shall search the gardens of Yorkshire and find places to sit comfortably. Throughout the autumn and winter I shall post issues of  “Are You Sitting Comfortably” so keep an eye out for them.

By greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.

6 replies on “Are you sitting comfortably? A series dedicated to garden seating.”

Nice post Malc. Really like the metal chairs in the first picture–very elegant and look perfect in this setting. And those in your garden placed among the plants look so inviting. It’s nice you take the time to enjoy the beautiful garden you’ve created.

Your allotment seems to be so much more than just vegetable plots, what a nice area! I also prefer the “engulfed in plants” seating, a good place to hide as well as enjoy the going ons of the garden.

Part of gardening is having the time to sit and enjoy it. Great piece – love the chairs engulfed in the flowers – very restful. It can be hard in the winter as we tend to lock the doors and not enter the garden until spring, but with winter proof furniture it ca be an all round affair. One day i’ll have a swinging seat :O)

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