Home Garden Gazebos: History of Gazebos

Home Garden Gazebos: History of Gazebos

home garden gazebosThe origin of the home garden gazebos dates back as far as 5000 years. Many ancient cultures, from Egypt, Greece, and Rome built these stand-alone structures consisting of marble pillars with an enclosed roof. Their purposes served as temples, places to conduct business, public gatherings, private retreats for the wealthy and powerful, and as a place to look out over the landscape. During the Middle Ages, the gazebo became widespread throughout Europe. It grew in popularity as a status symbol of the rich during the Victorian era, with its architectural designs that remain popular today. During the 1700’s, English gardens were influenced by the Japanese and Chinese teahouses, and the style included in many of the structures. During this time, it was dubbed with the word, gazebo, meaning, ‘I shall gaze.”

Transition to Home Garden Gazebos

Around the early 1800’s, in the United States, gazebos became popular in parks, town squares, and other public places serving the community. However, in the 1930’s the home garden gazebo as a backyard garden structure had its beginnings. Today, its design has evolved into a variety of sizes, shapes, designs, and materials. Its purpose in the backyard garden setting serves as a personal retreat and as a social gathering place for family and friends. It provides an enjoyable shady area for parties, eating, relaxing, and enjoying the outdoors with protection from heat, the wind, and light rain. They are used to partially enclose hot tubs, cooking areas, benches, and outdoor furniture. Many include lighting, and screening to keep out insects. Some home garden gazebos are stationary, while others are designed to be taken down with ease and set up again for seasonal use.


The ambiance of the home garden gazebo lies in its blending of indoor and outdoor space and the combination of the architectural structure and free-flowing forms of nature. Some gazebos use lattice on some of the sides for garden vines to grow and cover. The green foliage and colorful, fragrant flowers climbing the side posts or pillars of the gazebo unites both indoor and outdoor space, creating a uniquely relaxing, enjoyable space. Climbing vines and flowering plants directly planted around stationary gazebos should match the design of the garden and the house. For home garden gazebos meant for seasonal use, there are many annual vines, such as sweet peas, that grow well in containers around the structure.

Home Garden Gazebos Selection

The addition of a home garden gazebo to the backyard area benefits from planning a garden design with a drawn plot plan. The size, cost, design, maintenance and intended use are important issues to consider before purchasing. The following gazebos from Amazon provide variety in features and costs.

Handy Home Products San Marino Tight Knot Cedar Gazebo, 10-Feet, by Handy Home Products

The classic round shaped cedar gazebo comes with a metal cap and wooden finial. An optional feature includes a 10-foot screen kit and door to keep out insects. All the hardware comes in with the gazebo. Cupola, flower boxes, benches, shingles, and floor kit are sold separately.


Hampton Bay 12 ft. x 12 ft. Harbor Gazebo with Mosquito Netting, by Hampton Bay

With ample space for entertaining, this steel framed gazebo includes a ventilating, 2-tiered roof for good air circulation. The fabric canopy is weather resistant and will maintain its color and durability. Its corner and side pocket overhang extends shading to a 12-square foot area. The kit includes protective mosquito netting and hardware for all four walls, providing excellent air circulation. Elegant square column posts bordered with fence panels aids in the sturdy structure design.


10 x 12 Regency II Patio Gazebo with Mosquito Netting

This kit features a double vented roof design for reducing heat and wind stress on the canopy. It includes mosquito netting, plant rings, corner shelves, ground stakes and center hook to accommodate hanging plants, fan or lights. The frame includes powder coated, rust resistant steel and the polyester canopy is water and fire resistant. The assembly requires no tools.



Coral Coast Prairie Grass 8 x 8 ft. Gazebo Canopy, by Coral Coast

A beautiful design for garden or patio, the gazebos’ steel frame has four unique scrollwork corner legs. The complete corners are a perfect place for outdoor furniture. The top is a neutral color, weather-resistant, and includes a mosquito net protected top vent. Set up and dismantling is easy.



Suntime ST-1 Fully Eclosed Canopy Instant Popup Gazebo with Solar Powdered LED Lights and Mesh Insect Screen, Portable

This attractive, portable design is perfect for parties or relaxing. It includes a fine mesh netting for protection from insects. The gazebo is constructed of steel and aluminum, and the accordion design system makes it easy for one person to set up. The fine mesh netting zips around the entire structure, closing it off from insects. A storage bag is included in the kit.


Sunjoy L-GZ120PST-2L 11.8′ x 9.8′ Franklin Bay Window Gazebo Large, Gray, by Sunjoy

Made of durable steel construction with powder coated finish, the 3-piece classic bay window panels on the sides provides extra stability, and along with its gray canopy, adds to the structure’s beautiful design. The two-tiered valance top adds ventilation. The kit includes full-length mosquito netting around all four sides, ground stakes, and center light hook.


Sunjoy L-GZ815PST 12′ x 10′ Sonoma Wicker Gazebo, Large, Brown/Gold Trim

Highlight features include a durable powder-coated steel frame, a 2-tiered domed, and soft topped wicker. The gazebo has a beautifully detailed rattan panel design. The kit comes with mosquito netting, curtains, and ground stakes. It has a decorative keystone centerpiece and built-in hook underneath the center of the canopy for hanging plants, fan or lighting. It comes with privacy curtains as well.

Variety and Enjoyment of the Home Garden Gazebo

With all the various designs, styles, and choices available, the home garden gazebo makes an excellent addition not just as a functional structure, but as an enhancing design feature and focal point of the garden.

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