Pergola Pictures From Around the World

Garden path and pergola
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A pergola is like a garden ceiling — a way of creating an intimate space or passageway using living plants to create shade. We went looking for examples of this ancient garden feature and found some stunning pergola pictures. Not a gardener? Not to worry. These pergolas are an architectural statement by themselves. Get inspired by these pergolas from around the globe, starting with this one from Hestercombe Gardens in Somerset, UK.

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands

Cuyaya/Wikipedia.

Bougainvillea blankets a pergola in a park in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa.

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Lotusland, Santa Barbara, Calif.

brewbooks/Flickr.

Eureka lemon trees grow over a pergola in the citrus orchard, which also has oranges, limes, kumquat, grapefruit and guava.

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Doblhoffpark, Baden, Lower Austria

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Doblhoffpark has a restored Baroque orangery as well as the largest rose garden in Austria; some of the flowers are trained to grow along this pergola.

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Mirabell Palace Garden, Salzburg, Austria

Andrew Bossi/Wikipedia.

Fans of "The Sound of Music" are sure to recognize Mirabell Castle and Mirabell Gardens as the place where Maria and the Trapp children sing "Do-Re-Mi." Did the gang frolic under this pergola? Now's a good time to check out the movie and find out.

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Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden

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Visitors can take a stroll along this graceful path set in the garden, which was founded in 1808 by John VI of Portugal and opened to the public in 1822. It sits under the right arm of the statue of Christ the Redeemer.

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Pioneer Square, Seattle

Seattle Municipal Archives/Flickr.

Not all pergolas are draped with greenery. This Victorian-style, iron-and-glass Seattle landmark was built in 1909 as a grand entry to a lavish underground restroom. Set in a park in the area of downtown where Seattle was founded, the pergola was designated as a national landmark in 1977. In 2001, an 18-wheeler crashed into and destroyed the pergola, which has since been restored.

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Garden of Five Senses, New Delhi

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In addition to taking in the sights (like this pergola, of course), garden visitors are encouraged to touch the rocks and displays, smell the flowers, listen to the ceramic bells and water falls, and enjoy the food courts.