Gabion Garden Architecture - Bringing a European Tradition Home
When visiting our blomus headquarters in Sauderland, Germany we frequently see the use of the Gabion in garden and architecture. As a European brand, we wanted to bring awareness about this European tradition, gradually making its way into the US landscape.
Gabion structures are wire containers or baskets filled with earth, rock, concrete debris, wood, sand, shells, etc.
Gabion has been used throughout history. The first gabion-type structures were used 7,000 years ago to protect the banks of the Nile River. Originally, the cage was made of reed or sticks, not wire. Gabions have been used in civil engineering since this time to manipulate sand, soil and water. In the late 16th century, gabions were used as round cylinders filled with rock to protect field artillery. More recently, gabion has become decorative and useful in gardens throughout Europe.
Gabion is used in landscaping to: create spatial definition, assist with erosion control, provide a furniture base (such as for a bench or table), add privacy or simply create a focal point of beautiful minerals.
Benefits of the gabion wall are that air and water can typically pass through larger fillers (like stones), allowing a breeze and free drainage to occur.
The gabion as a structure allows the landscaper or architect to exhibit local materials (indigenous rock, shells or polished stone) reducing cost and transportation.
Several of our blomus “lifestyle” images feature gabion landscaping. We encourage you to consider this European tradition in your next outdoor project.
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