Moon gates go back to the fourth century in China. The full moon-formed opening has been considered by numerous to be an entryway to a different universe. As a section to a garden, a moon gate draws guests into an inviting open air space. Moon gates were brought to Bermuda in the late 19th century thanks to the British fascination with Asian culture. In China the gates were meant to serve as ornamental and luxurious doorways to homes and gardens, but in Bermuda they’re mostly freestanding.
No matter the origin or the tales associated with them though, the moon gates do have an undeniable elegance to them.
The solid stone moon gate is the primary entry to the garden. It frames the pagoda style pavilion and the “good karma” boulder. Masons hand chiseled each stone on site and set the stone against a wooden arched form to ensure consistency of the arc.
DRIVEWAY TO EL PATIO
This idea is great for your complimenting your farmhouse style. The moon gate provide a beautiful entryway to the patio.
ECLTECTIC MOON GATE ENTRANCE
A circle can represent the unity of family in Chinese culture. This moon gate creates a transition between public and private life, between this world and the next.
ZEN ENTRY GARDEN
The gate is fabricated from steel and has a mounting bracket welded to each of the bottom legs. Much simpler than the traditional one but still has the same deep meaning to it.
Many modern Asian-style gardens make use of circular openings and motifs to convey an Eastern feel, fused classic elements of rocks, bamboo and water with a contemporary stone wall, a moon aperture and Japanese maples.
OPEN TRELLIS MOON GATE
This kind of application injects the charm of the moon gate without the grandeur and bulk. Rather than a solid wall, this moon gate is constructed from wood and set in an open trellis that filters the view and doesn’t overwhelm the compact space.
The spirit of Chinese moon gates is echoed in the way these gates provide both a barrier and a welcome, framing a different scene from each side.
SILVERY MOON GATE
As alluring as a moon gate is in daylight, it becomes otherworldly when illuminated at night. Magic and mystery? Definitely!
When open, these gates form an elegant arched corridor. When the gates are closed, the full perfection of the round window is seen and the eye is still drawn to the view beyond.
FUTURE MOON GATE
The Chinese moon gate archetype is reinvented using pussy willow branches. Mixes a range of horticultural elements really represent traditional Chinese garden.
Bermuda Island tradition promises that those who step through a moon gate, especially newlyweds, will have their wishes granted. Finger crossed!
A moon gate is a circular opening, which acts as a passageway. More generally, though, a moon gate is thought to offer an auspicious welcome or fortune to those who pass through.