Urban Garden Denver Blog


Urban homes and gardens are generally small, so neighbors are a part of our life, whether we are indoors or outdoors. Our bedroom window looks into my neighbor’s dining room. Our kitchen window looks into the other neighbor’s dining room. Our patio is inches from my neighbor’s patio. While I am not fond of big fences, we did put a fence next to our patio. We can look around it and visit with our neighbor at the low spot on the fence, but it provides the illusion of a little privacy when I am sitting in my patio chair reading or planning my next garden project.

I was cleaning pictures off my phone this morning and found a pic that I intended to blog about sooner, but had forgotten. It’s a privacy screen a friend of mine made that is ingenious because it preserves light and privacy! It is a piece of frosted glass hanging in a sturdy wooden frame. It provides nice definition and privacy for a raised section of patio that is very close to the neighbor’s house. I love the simplicity of this and the year-round addition to the patio. Often people try to screen with vines or other plantings which is very attractive, but since we can use our patios in Denver many months of the year, the vine approach is limited in its usefulness. I love the creativity in solving a common urban garden problem.

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  1. * Derek says:

    Hi Carla. You have many faithful readers b/c a number of people forwarded me this blog. Just to clarify….the screen is actually plexiglass that I DIY frosted by sanding w/ electric sander. This makes it more “outdoor-blowing-n-the-breeze friendly” b/c not glass (and much cheaper than glass if someone was to go to hardware store to replicate). Plexiglass is great material. U can sand light or hard for diverse textures and drill though like butter for hanging with or w/o frame for screens.

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 8 months ago
    • Thanks for the additional info. I should have done a little more research before I posted! I did notice it was blowing in the breeze the night we were at the house, so actually attaching the bottom of the frame to the railing might also be an idea. You have done amazing things to your home.

      | Reply Posted 8 years, 8 months ago

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