Landscaping with Antiques in North Carolina

05 May

One Way Architectural Antiques had their yearly festival and what a perfect day. I was in my glory walking around the gardens full of aged treasures with wonderful patina to incorporate into my landscape designs.

It isn’t just one building, there are gardens and several outdoor structures connected by quaint garden paths meandering throughout. Upon entering the grounds, a large wooden home is the backdrop to many antiques, including the stained glass window below.

 At the base of the home was a large pond with many antiques being showcased. Many of these treasures would make great custom fountain heads.

 The addition of antique pieces to ponds give it a sense of history and most likely one of a kind. With the use of water plants, your pieces become focal points. The water plants will function to soften your piece and accentuate its architectural lines.














I saw many different styles of columns one could utilize at entrances to a garden, outdoor rooms or to create an eclectic pergola.















Wire could be attached for a lightweight vine such as clematis, black-eyed susan vine, or mandavilla vine to climb up. You don’t want to plant something invasive that would cover your beautiful treasure.















This wrought iron piece was used as a decorative corner brace for this entrance arbor. How rustic and beautiful.















I just love the patina on this piece below. A vine would have no problem climbing throughout















These quaint brick walkways lead us to different parts of the garden. Man-made clay bricks were used as flooring and as the retaining wall material. The walls were constructed in a way to hide any traces of mortar holding the bricks in place.















Adds an old world charm















It was a beautiful day to enjoy food, crafts, plants and architectural antiques in the most perfect ambiance.












Mark your calendars for this event every May at One Way Architectural Antiques and if you didn’t make it this time around, check it out when you can.












Designing with antiques and salvaged treasures is a wonderful way to express yourself in your garden and landscapes. Have a great time hunting for your perfect architectural antique treasure and remember your plantings should compliment your pieces.

Happy Planting!

Diana Gardner-Williams


Posted by on May 5, 2008 in Events, Landscape Design Ideas


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3 responses to “Landscaping with Antiques in North Carolina

  1. architectural antiques uk

    May 6, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Some great photos showing fantastic uses of architectural antiques. It’s also given me the idea that we should have an annual event like this in Bath…
    Thank you.

  2. Rick Anderson

    June 12, 2008 at 2:23 am

    This is a great post, very nice ideas, nice examples of peices, and photo presentation.

    Keep up the good work.

  3. Rji

    June 12, 2008 at 6:35 am

    Superb use of some excellent structural antiques. So much better than having them sitting on shelves.

    It echoes the fashion for placing abstract and modern sculpture in the grounds of parks and stately homes and helps visitors and passers-by brighten their day with a little thought provoking culture.


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