It took me a long time to decide what type of structure would look best, but when I discovered Jim Warren of Ornamental Steel Designs at the Greenville Gardening Symposium earlier this year, I knew I had found the right person to guide me through the process. I gave Jim a handful of photos I had taken, or found on the internet, and we played with several ideas before I made a selection. The final design is an updated version of a trellis on the historic Seibels House in Columbia, South Carolina, where many weddings are held.
I love the bold and graphic simplicity of the final product. Jim’s superior workmanship is evident even from a distance and the custom trellises do the house proud.
Jim’s careful measurements ensured an absolute fit. And since his day job is with GE, where he tests turbine engines, I wasn’t a bit surprised that he took such care to make sure they were perfectly installed. As Jim noted, “these trellises are going to be here as long as the house is standing!”
There’s only one thing left to consider…and that’s to make a decision about the Confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) which covered the previous trellis. The choices are either to cut it back within a few inches of the ground and encourage it to regrow, or to thin the vines and weave them into the new trellis.
What do you think?
You can contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org.