The Garden Guide

Book: Landscape Gardening in Japan, 1912
Chapter: Chapter 6. Garden Enclosures

Construction of post and rail garden fences

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GARDEN FENCES. Garden enclosures are sometimes constructed with a framework of posts and horizontals, filled in with wattling, and afterwards plastered. The faces of the timbers in these constructions remain visible, and support a projecting roof of boards or tiles. Round the small gardens of buildings in crowded towns, where it is absolutely necessary to obtain privacy and seclusion, these wood and plaster Fences are of a considerable height, sometimes attaining fifteen or twenty feet; the upper portions are supplied with square, circular, or multi-foil openings, railed or latticed, by which means the interior light and ventilation of the narrow courts is increased, and a very ornamental appearance produced externally. This kind of Fence may be frequently seen in Osaka and Kioto, but is not so common in Tokio.