Stone Posts and Saddles

Stone fence posts have a long time tradition in the vernacular Vermont landscape. The origin stemmed from the very real need to have non-rotting fences and a plethora of available stone. In our modern landscape, stone posts provide a great accent element which punctuate the end of a wall or planting bed, or demarcate a set of steps. Placed in rows they can define a space very nicely without making the space feel boxed in.

Saddle Stones originated in Europe, where they were used as a base for grain bins. Their mushroom shape acted as a pedestal, which elevated the shed and the rounded top made it impossible for rodents to climb into the grain. Their unusual shape and historical background make them an interesting point of interest in the garden – particularly in the winter when they stand out against the snow.