Design That Says “Welcome to My Garden”

Some gardens seem to ooze the sentiment “welcome to my garden” whether through gates, entries, welcoming pots or window boxes. After seeing about 40 gardens over the past couple of months, I could not help but notice how many different ways gardeners used to say “welcome.”

This post will be mostly pictures and I hope you find them as inspiring as I did.

How does your garden welcome visitors?

rose covered gate

This rose-covered arbor and gate between two houses in New Ulm makes for a beautiful transition from the street to the garden. The roses are used throughout the garden and are an old-fashioned climbing variety the home owner has had for years.

Here’s another gate — this one in Duluth. The gardener has covered the arbor with grapes.

This small front stoop is decorated with coral begonias that complement the dusty blue window boxes. It’s not shown, but the front garden features a bench to rest on also painted coral to match the begonias.

barn welcome

This pergola covers a walkway between the house and an out building on a farm outside of Garvin, Mn, which I saw during the annual Tracy Garden and Quilt Tour. It’s a fun event in southwestern Minnesota.

succulents say welcome

This window box in south Minneapolis gets intense sun all morning long. The succulents are an interesting touch — so much more welcoming than just bricks.

In Rochester, this brick and grass path leads from the backyard into a garden extension behind the house. The homeowners show how to garden well on a budget on a large property. The path says, keep on coming!

This shed is in the backyard of a beautiful shrub garden in Duluth. Do you blame me for feeling a bit of shed-envy? Who would not want to sit awhile on that welcoming front porch.


  1. Soni Forsman on August 22, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Great pictures Mary. All say ‘Welcome.’

    • Mary Lahr Schier on August 23, 2019 at 5:29 pm

      Thanks, Soni!

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