Cedar trees are indigenous to southern Indiana and many parts of the Midwest. An evergreen, they add color to the winter landscape. They often grow on soil where other trees can’t seem to get a foothold, limestone, sandstone, and rocky.
This year my family surprised me with refinishing two cedar benches in the garden. Although the benches were still serviceable, after 25 years, they needed an update. This locally cut cedar was selected due to its resistance to insect damage and other wear. I was told by the guys that even the old cedar boards were still in pretty good shape beneath the surface of lichen and weathered materials.
The iron bench supports were repainted and new boards were planed and sanded for this lovely look. If you are not familiar with cedar, it has a wonderful smell which will fade in time as will the bright coloring to a silvery grey.
I’m looking forward to spending some time on these benches this coming year (whenever a gardener has time to rest). They also are a reminder of my mother who owned the original benches so I guess they’re about 40 years old now. I remember many conversations we had on those benches over the years.