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While all garden gates practically beg you to peek over, around or through them because what lies beyond is a secret space, a private place, a MOON GATE is a rather special one. The moon gate invites you to step through, it beckons you come enter this magic world. 

Moon gate... not sure why I am so drawn to this, but it seems magical almost, like a portal to another world or something lol:

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A moon gate can work for any type of garden.

Chinese in origin they were meant to represent the Chinese summer moon and once upon a time no noble home would be without one.

Moon gate:

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Moon Gate, Jianshui, China:

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Yuyuan Gardens in Shanghai:

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The British imported the idea to their Bermuda protectorate where a number can be found throughout the island today. These gates are usually free standing or attached to a low wall. Moon gates feature in Bermuda wedding traditions today, where a bride will have good luck if she steps through one on her wedding day.

Moon Gate

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Let’s say you missed out on this extra luck bringer on your wedding day, or are not yet married but have found your happily ever after person:

A moon gate could also just as easily take on a hobbit type of look and be the portal into an informal cottage or English garden.

stone arch garden entry:

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moon gate - cooooool, I think I'll wait till the boy grows up before I try to make one of these :)

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Pick your favourite herbs:

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A metal or wood ring moon gate would be a fantastic entrance to a contemporary space as well.

Visitors enter the garden along a shady gravel path, stepping through a moon gate:

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Now I want one for my garden AND I want to visit Bermuda!