Trellis (architecture)

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For the Faberge egg, see Rose Trellis Faberge Egg.
A series of trellises forms the wall of a garden room
A trellis supports a climbing rose in a raised garden box
A trellis supporting speakers viewed from the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage

A trellis (treillage) is an architectural structure, usually made from an open framework or lattice of interwoven or intersecting pieces of wood, bamboo or metal that is normally made to support and display climbing plants, especially shrubs.[1] There are many types of trellis for different places and for different plants, from agricultural types, especially in viticulture, which are covered at vine training systems, to garden uses for climbers such as grapevines, clematis, ivy, and climbing roses or other support based growing plants. The rose trellis is especially common in Europe and other rose-growing areas, and many climbing rose varieties require a trellis to reach their potential as garden plants. Some plants will climb and wrap themselves round a trellis without much artificial help being needed while others need training by passing the growing shoots through the trellis and/or tying them to the framework.[citation needed]

Four styles of trelliswork

Trellis can also be referred to as panels, usually made from interwoven wood pieces, attached to fences or the roof or exterior walls of a building. A pergola usually refers to trellis-work that is laid horizontally above head height to provide a partial "roof" in a garden (pergolas are also used in agricultural settings).[citation needed]


Though it is unknown when and where the trellis was invented, the trellis has been mentioned in literature and botanical works throughout history. Pliny the Younger, in the first and second centuries, wrote about trellises in some of his letters about gardens. In the 19th century, Walt Whitman also mentioned a trellis in his poem Give me the Splendid, Silent Sun.[2]


  1. ^ The Book of Garden Furniture, C. Thonger, 1903
  2. ^ Simpson, Rick. "History of the Trellis". Pergola Kits USA. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 

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