Gingerbread Finds New Life in the Garden

As you may or may not know, we’ve been restoring our New York farmhouse over the past couple years.  Built in the 1850′s some of the original details seem to have come in and out of style – at least according to the previous owners who removed some of the more ornate details of the home at one point or another.

We really adore the vergeboard that was hand carved and restored this past year – as a result I always have an eye for gingerbread and architectural detail.

We also added a classically styled pergola to the back which has made a wonderful space for entertaining and whiling away the hours.

But I’m always curious as to what people do with their original gingerbread details after they’ve rotted or been removed.   Certainly salvage and garden shops revel in even the smallest pieces used on birdhouses or as individual ornamentation for patios and interiors.

I was really inspired when I saw this beautiful arbor made of both new construction and from salvaged and reclaimed pieces of gingerbread detail.  Isn’t it lovely?  It’s located in the Calendar Garden in New Paris Indiana.  Read more about it here>>

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