The Perfect Gift: Garden Tools

Christmas is left than a month away! While you evaluate your shopping list don’t forget that garden lover in your life. An avid gardener or just a new homeowner is the perfect recipient of an outdoor-centric gift. Love the gift now, and use it once the weather warms! These gift ideas are perfect no matter your budget and don’t require measuring or special ordering so you can really give them a surprise…

Small Garden Tools

Small Tool Hod

Small Tool Hod

Keeping up a garden takes dedication and hours upon hours of work. Give a gift that will make everyday gardening a little easier. The small Tool Hod is a classic and endlessly practical gift. This cedar or AZEK hod is perfect for carrying tools as you move through the garden and also doubles as a cute planter for the picnic table or by the front entry in the springtime.

The Garden Hod Basket is also a great idea for the springtime harvest. This handy basket is light and perfect for carrying around as you pick flowers or harvest your springtime veggies.

 

Large Garden Tools

Folding Potting Bench

Folding Potting Bench

If you are looking to spend a little more money make an investment in your friend or family member’s garden! A practical and stylish tool is the handy Folding Potting Bench. This cedar and AZEK bench easily folds and unfolds for easy storage. This bench is great for using around the garden whenever a sturdy table is needed. This is also a great piece to use inside a storage shed to keep tools organized.

Another handy tool (that can also double as a stylish decoration when you aren’t using it) is the Vermont Garden Cart. This cart is perfect for moving pots, plants, soil and anything else you need to move around the garden. This cart is made of steel with heavy duty wheels making it sturdy, easy to move and able to handle up to 300 pounds of weight.

 

 

The perfect gift for the gardener in your life is only a click away! Get your gift before it’s too late. Browse our catalog of garden tools of every size or drop by one of our many retail locations to get an in-person viewing.

 

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Photo Gallery: Shopping Centers

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Middlebury Consignment and Home Design Middlebury, CT   Gloucester Premium Outlets Blackwood, NJ   Merrimack Premium Outlet Merrimack, NH Trombetta’s Farm, Northborough, MA   Tanger Outlet Centers, South Haven, Mississippi

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Solutions For Shopping Centers and Retail Locations

Merrimack Premium Outlet Merrimack, NH

Merrimack Premium Outlet
Merrimack, NH

One of the biggest design trends for shopping centers is open outdoor spaces.

Developers and architects concentrate on enhancing their shopping centers by creating attractive sites, new looks, places for shopper enjoyment and enhanced property value.

Structures included in the landscape plan welcome the traveler, help guide motor traffic, beautify the grounds, provide shoppers with resting spots and shade, provide way-finding and security, and conceal waste collection and utility areas.

Whether it’s fencing or a shady pavilion, a pergola, a decorative rooftop feature or a dumpster enclosure, everything outside must be made of durable material and be finished to withstand any tough climate condition.

Walpole Outdoors specializes in crafting beautiful and durable structures for a variety of outdoor spaces. Walpole works with developers and architects directly to create custom products that meet each unique project’s individual needs.

Each project has been crafted in high quality, low-maintenance wood alternative material AZEK for infinite life, factory painted for style, color and durability and kitted for the simplest of installation cost.

A beautiful gazebo adds a stylish and practical touch to the Merrimack Premium Outlet.

A beautiful gazebo adds a stylish and practical touch to the Merrimack Premium Outlet.

Built by Walpole in modules and shipped to Mississippi, the Tanger Outlet entrance tower hides HVAC equipment and is an attractive signature feature that can be seen for miles around. Because the location of the structure is nearly inaccessible it was built with reinforced AZEK and Sherwin-Williams paint to make maintenance unnecessary. Designed in Chicago, engineered by Walpole Outdoors right here in Massachusetts, built by Walpole in Maine and installed on-site by the contractor.

One of the most popular structure at Walpole Outdoors are stylish pergolas. Many AZEK pergolas go to commercial sites to add appeal and value to a public space, ambience to a restaurant’s outdoor dining area or shelter from the elements over a sidewalk.

Walpole’s ornamental Iron fencing, AZEK lantern posts, lattice panels, planters, post and rail fencing all share the same objective of style, durability and ease of installation. Many are off-the-shelf and the rest are detailed by our engineers to finalize the architect’s concept.

See more of our recent work in our project photo gallery.

Give us a call, a sketch or send us a link to your plans so we can help you bring your job to a successful completion. Call us at 800-343-6948or email our team at sales@walpolewood.net

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The Perfect Gift: Bird Houses and Feeders

Finding the perfect gift every year can be stressful. But what better way to celebrate your friend or family member who loves the outdoors than a piece they can appreciate for years and years to come.

Coppertop Mini Feeder

Coppertop Mini Feeder

A great gift this holiday season is a Walpole bird house or feeder, a piece that your friends and family can enjoy all spring and summer long! Walpole bird houses and feeders come in a variety of shapes and sizes for all types of homes. We offer simple classic hanging houses and feeders to more ornate post houses and feeders depending on your taste and the look of your outdoor space.

Birds will come flocking to Walpole Outdoors products strategically placed around your yard. Our more classic birdhouses are crafted in low maintenance AZEK cellular PVC, pre-finished white and have decorative finials. Bird feeders are crafted from clear polycarbonate and steel hardware to ensure long life. Ceramic birdbaths bring a daily splash of pleasure until your visitors fly south. And, with a handcrafted AZEK cellular PVC or cedar post, you can locate your birdhouse or feeder anywhere you choose. Houses and posts are sold separately.

Place your house or feeder within sight of a window so you can watch the beautiful birds enjoy their new outdoor space! Here are a few suggestions…

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A smartly crafted house with a great deal of room inside. At home in a yard where birds are always welcome. Painted white with color accents to match your choice of faux copper or verde finished metal roof.

Small, 11 3/4″H, 8″sq. Medium, 16.”H, 10 1/2″sq.  Large, 22 1/4″H, 13 1/2″sq.

 

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Yes it is possible to enhance the charm of a classic Walpole fence. Simply add a delightful bird house, designed to fit snugly and invitingly on a 5½” sq. post. Equally appealing, of course, on a Lattice Obelisk. Painted white. Metal roof in copper or verde finish.  17½”H, 9″ sq. base.

 

 

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Birds love to eat from it but squirrels can’t. When a squirrel steps on the perch, a connection is made with a motor that makes the perch spin and the squirrel is flipped off. Unit comes equipped with rechargeable nicad battery and a recharger. 4 qt. capacity. 21″ H

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Award-Winning “Akimbo” Design to Feature at New England Grows EXPO 2016

 

From the creative mind of playground designer, Sarah Carrier, comes “Akimbo”, the first winner of the Boston Society of Landscape Architect’s Design Challenge 2016.

This playful geometric and flexible design for public seating, inspired by children’s blocks and the human figure, will occupy pride of place at the upcoming New England Grows Expo, November 30th to December 2nd at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

The Design Challenge was conceived by the BSLA and New England GROWS to display the talents of the society’s members in the creation of physical products for parks, schools, and cityscapes.

Whether on their side or standing up, the various “Akimbo” pieces can be set up easily into a comfortable seating height. Pulled together, “Akimbo” can form a social bench that accommodates more than 20 people. Sections can be moved around to create fun, imaginative shapes.

This functional and highly imaginative interactive installation was handcrafted by Walpole Outdoors in AZEK cellular vinyl at their fabrication facility in Maine.

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Playful geometric and flexible project created by BSLA member Sarah Carrier and handcrafted by Walpole Outdoors.

The low maintenance material, donated by AZEK, is a cellular PVC that requires very specific skills and advanced technology to produce an exceptional, long-lasting end product.

In crafting “Akimbo,” the design and manufacturing team at Walpole Outdoors started with meticulous CAD drawings.

Then, raw AZEK sheets were fed onto Walpole’s CNC routers to ensure maximum accuracy, precise detail and repeatability.

“At our Maine facility, AZEK cellular vinyl can be cut, routered, molded, and shaped with the same exceptional results that we have delivered to our fence and outdoor structure customers for generations,” said Walpole Outdoors president, Lou Maglio.

“We spent 10 years researching and testing wood alternative materials, laminating techniques, and advanced adhesives before choosing to handcraft with AZEK vinyl.

Today, Walpole is the largest fabricator of AZEK cellular PVC in the country,” Maglio continued.

To finish the fun, user-friendly look of the “Akimbo” project, Sherwin-Williams donated the very best in finishing paints. Working closely with Sherwin-Williams, Walpole developed a unique factory in-line coating system with meticulous sanding and drying, to ensure complete paint coverage and a deep, rich, flawless finish.

“In conjunction with our partners, AZEK and Sherwin-Williams, we were delighted to help complete the highly creative “Akimbo” interactive installation. Along with Sarah, we look forward to seeing just how the attendees at Expo interact and have fun with the “Akimbo” pieces,” said Maglio.

 

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Planned Communities – Photo Gallery

River Dunes Community, North Carolina

 

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Cedar fencing, at the community center and pool area.

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Entry gateway arbor and lantern post with lantern dress up this cluster community.

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Decorative fencing and gates for rental cottages and neighborhoods.

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Square Paneled Planters outside the community chapel.

 

Kiawah Island Community, South Carolina

 

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Split Rail Fence perimeter fence along neighborhood streets and golf course.

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Cedar true-Split-Rail perimeter fence along neighborhood streets and golf course.

 

Newtown Community St. Charles, MO

 

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Decorative fence adds interest to the front of this home.

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Decorative bracket at sheltered doorways.

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Decorative custom fence with rounded post tops and recess panel end posts.

 

Toll Brothers Neighborhood The Summit at Bethel, CT

 

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Gated community guard house fencing.

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Manchester post and rail fencing, pillars and gate.

 

Common area at the D Street Apartments, South Boston, MA

 

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This is a large custom Western Red Cedar Pergola on roof top – completes an outside common area that includes grills, seating and play areas.

Glen Ridge, Storrs, CT 55+ Active Adult Community

 

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Apollo pergola top with AZEK beams and posts. The motorized louvered pergola top can be opened and closed.

 

Condo community Narragansett, RI

 

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Walkway pergola with lattice panels and privacy fencing behind.

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Privacy fencing surrounding outdoor storage and dumpster.

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Courtyard entry arbor with custom scalloped gate.

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Pair of Spindle Top Arbors – decorate a private courtyard and a public walkway.

Standard lattice panels add architectural interest.

Standard lattice panels add architectural interest.

Winnapaug Cottages Westerly, RI

 

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Automated community entry gates.

Matching mail post throughout community.

Matching mail posts throughout community.

 

Newbury Village

Entrance spindle and pillar post feature with carved village sign.

Entrance spindle and pillar post feature with carved village sign.

 

Unique Homes, Medfield, MA

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Planned community with privacy and decorative fencing between units.

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Picket fence and perimeter board fence with topper adds privacy.

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Westchester picket fence and gate to patio.

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Low Maintenance Structures For Planned Communities

When you are embarking on a complicated project finding a designer and supplier that can provide reliable, quality products is essential to getting things on time and under budget. With complex projects like planned communities Walpole Outdoors has provided a myriad of services and products that have delighted homeowners and developers alike.

River Dunes Community, North Carolina

River Dunes Community, North Carolina

Whether you are looking for a grand entry gate into the community, a custom sign welcoming residents and visitors, large scale fencing, mail and lantern posts that will feature throughout the community or structural elements like pergolas and arbors Walpole can help.

Architects and developers choose Walpole Outdoors to help craft their planned communities for the quality products and flexibility of designs. Walpole products are crafted in low-maintenance AZEK wood alternative. This material has the look of painted wood without all the splitting and rotting that occurs over time. AZEK comes in factory-finished white but can be customized with Sherwin Williams vinyl safe paint to meet the exact color needs of the project. With such a large scale project that will require daily maintenance and attention providing a product that is virtually maintenance-free is highly desirable and one less thing to worry about.

Walpole also works with architects and developers to craft custom designs that suit their exact needs so they can cultivate the perfect look for their community. Walpole specializes in working with developers design products that are unique like custom front entrance signage to products that require uniformity like mail and lantern posts that will feature throughout the community.

In addition to fencing, gates, pergolas and arbors Walpole also supplies planned communities with options for storage including sheds, durable privacy fencing and small buildings as well as decor items like stylish planters and window boxes.

Give us a call at 800-343-6948 or request a free design consultation online to get started on your planned community. We will happily discuss our variety of products and styles to help you find the perfect structure for your planned community!

 

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Light Up Your Autumn

Hammond Lantern Post

Hammond Lantern Post with Beacon Lantern

There’s no better time to give your outdoor lighting an upgrade. As the days grow shorter the need for a little light in the driveway, walkway or at the front entry is no longer just a style choice but a practical one as well.

A lantern and post is an investment that will not only provide you with much needed light in areas of high foot traffic but one that will also boost your homes’ curb appeal. A great lantern and post will last you years and years and give you great opportunities as far as seasonal decorating and landscaping are concerned. A wreath at Christmas or a bed of flowers in the springtime – Can you picture it?

One of the most popular and versatile lantern posts is the Hammond Lantern Post. This beautifully crafted post features four recessed panels and a decorative cap, all crafted in low maintenance AZEK, an advanced wood alternative material. The Hammond Lantern Post can withstand even the coldest winter weather and requires little to no maintenance – no peeling and no rotting.

The Arlington Pillar Post

The Arlington Pillar Post

You can also add your own touches to your Hammond Lantern Post with size options as well as your choice of Sherwin Williams vinyl safe paint if the standard white doesn’t suit your outdoor aesthetic. Additionally you can add a mounted bracket that can hold a hanging hand-crafted sign of your choice.

Another popular lantern post is the beautiful Arlington Pillar Post. This post is bold and sturdy complimenting a variety of lantern styles. The Arlington features recessed panels on two sides and a decorative collar giving your home a stately look.

Each post compliments any one of the dozens of lantern styles we offer online or at our retail locations. A popular style (and the one featured in both of the above images) is the Beacon Lantern. This is a traditional lantern with single bulb and hurricane glass enclosed by four panels of glass and a beautiful brass finish. This classic lantern look also comes in a side-mount version for lighting up your front entry.

Whether your style is more traditional or contemporary we are happy to help you find the perfect lantern and post combination for your home. To see our entire range of lanterns and lantern posts visit our website or drop by a retail location.

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Preparing Your Yard For The Cold Weather

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The seasons are-a-changing! Now is the time to pack up the summer supplies and start giving your garden and backyard a little TLC before the cold really hits. Preparing your garden and storage shed for the cold weather not only improves the look of your yard but also helps ensure a beautiful growth come spring.

Prepare The Garden

Prepare the ground by assessing the growth from spring and summer. Weed the soil, divide out overgrown plants, and remove under-performing bulbs. Trim back plants that have grown a little too much and remember to deadhead blooms that have faded with the cool weather. Also don’t forget to remove the summer annuals and store them for the next season. The more prep you do now saves you from digging up frozen ground in the winter and rushing come springtime. Protect what’s already in the ground by adding some fresh mulch and peat moss that can provide protection from the elements and add much needed nutrition to the soil.

Prepare The Lawn

To avoid a patchy look in the springtime take the time to work on the lawn. Once you’ve removed all the leaves (which can be a task in itself) you can give your lawn a good dose of nutrition with a natural fertilizer. Fertilizing now will enable the grass to store carbohydrates and grow better and greener in the spring regardless of how cold the winter gets. Now is also a good time to get rid of weeds that have taken root to make sure they die off with the cold. Use natural herbicides or other natural methods to spot remove weeds to keep your lawn healthy and only kill off the troublesome plants.

Prepare The Tools

Fall is an ideal time for a post-season tool cleaning. Disinfect tools after you have done your fall garden cleanup and put them away someplace where they will not get wet and rust also add a little oil to the metal and wood parts to keep them in good condition. Do a good once over in the shed as well! Check expiration dates on chemicals and throw away anything that will be expired in the spring or that looks suspect. Replace through the off season to both save money and be ahead of yourself next spring.

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Photo Gallery: Kit Pergolas

Walpole Outdoors Pergola Kits feature exceptional style and unmatched construction. Standard pergola kits are crafted in your choice of natural cedar or low maintenance wood alternative AZEK and fit a wide variety of outdoor locations.

Arched Top Shade Pergola with canopy at a retail store.

Arched Top Kit Pergola with round columns outside a retail location.

Arched Top Kit Pergola with round columns at a senior living center.

Freestanding AZEK pergola at the Norfolk Public Library in Massachusetts.

Freestanding AZEK pergola at the Norfolk Public Library in Massachusetts.

Arched Poolside Pergola with ShadeFX Canopy Extended installed by builder for a new home.

Arched Poolside Pergola with ShadeFX Canopy Extended installed by builder for a new home.

Standard kit pergola integrated with deck railing.

Standard kit pergola integrated with deck railing.

Kit pergolas with canopy on a boardwalk in Sea Isle City, NJ.

Kit pergolas with canopy on a boardwalk in Sea Isle City, NJ.

Five kit pergolas with extended canopies on a boardwalk in Sea Isle City, NJ.

Five kit pergolas with extended canopies on a boardwalk in Sea Isle City, NJ.

Shade pergola kit installed at a Bed & Breakfast.

Shade pergola kit installed at a Bed & Breakfast.

Shade pergola with extended blue canopy at a Bed & Breakfast.

Shade pergola with extended blue canopy at a Bed & Breakfast.

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