Debra Prinzing

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In Lydia Oliger’s Seattle backyard, elegant columns and overhead beams create a pergola large enough to accommodate table and benches for outdoor meals

There are various definitions for a Pergola, but a widely-used one describes a cross-beam and pillar support for climbing plants, either as free-standing arches or in the form of a shelter.

Source: Garden Mania: The Ardent Gardener’s Compendium of Design & Decoration by Philip deBay and James Bolton (Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2000).

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