The Timeless Appeal of the Pergola

The History of the Pergola - a shaded, open garden feature supported by columns

10/11/20231 min read

Pergolas have been gracing backyards and gardens for over 3,000 years, with the earliest known version dating back to 1400 BC in Egypt. While the inspiration behind the first pergola remains a mystery, these ornamental structures have stood the test of time by providing both beauty and practicality.

In ancient times, pergolas served many purposes - lush hanging gardens, support structures for growing vines, shaded walkways between buildings, and protected terrace areas. Built from brick, stone or wood, with vines trained to wind through the lattice for shade, pergolas were both beautiful and functional.

Today, freestanding pergolas continue to offer versatility as well as vintage charm. They provide breezy, lightly-shaded sitting areas and vertical support for climbing plants and vines. When designing an outdoor space, pergolas have many potential uses:

  • Shaded relaxation zone

  • Poolside cabana

  • Patio cover

  • Entryway accent

  • Framework for an outdoor kitchen

  • Al fresco dining room

While materials and designs have evolved over the centuries, the purpose remains the same - pergolas add aesthetics, functionality and a touch of timeless elegance to backyards and patios. They expand outdoor living spaces in endless, innovative ways.

With proper planning and permitting, it's relatively straightforward to add a custom pergola to enhance your landscape. Contact your local building department to learn specifics about height and location regulations in your area. With the right pergola design, it's possible to enjoy the same stylish outdoor enrichment that's been cherished for thousands of years!