What would we do without trusses to add a sense of style and grace to the garden? How could we brake the disconnected vines or show off that splendid clematis? Have you ever stopped to ask me about the history of the trellis? You are likely to take the trellis for granted and you probably haven’t thought much about the use of the plant trellis in gardens. Let’s explore the history of the trellis.
Where do the pylons come from?
Nobody knows for sure who invented the first trellis, but we know that they were used by ancient civilizations to support vines and climbing roses and that decorated and carved trellises were a distinctive feature of the gardens as early as 14th and 15th centuries.
Some historians think that the pylons were probably used in the Garden of Eden, but obviously we have no way of knowing for sure. However, thanks to the first Roman and Greek wall paintings, we know for sure that they were a feature of Mediterranean gardens.
European palaces: use of the vegetable trellis in the gardens
King Louis XIV hired an architect to build an elaborate trellis for his French garden. There was talk of the king’s magnificent pylons, and it wasn’t long before the idea spread to buildings across Europe.
The trellis was no longer strictly limited to functionality, but became an art form specializing in elegant European gardens.
History of the trellis in North America
Early 19thth century, the pylons were widely used in the garden, but also in closed environments where they provided an airy and luminous effect. The approach was bold at the moment and not always appreciated. However, the trellis as an art form, often designed by well-known artists and architects, has continued to grow in popularity despite critics and opponents.
Today, the trellis ranges from simple and functional structures that help support climbing plants and keep the vines out of the ground up to elaborate structures built of wood, plastic, metal or bamboo.
Inside, we also use trusses in various ways, such as the support for paintings, hats, coats, jewelery or to contain pots and pans and expand the storage space in the kitchen.