Where I grew up, there was one type of landscape that appeared in many of the neighbors’ yards – the grape barber. However, today when I google the term, Grape Arbor appears more often than grape barber.
Back in the day, many of our neighbors had the grape barber located right outside their backyard door. So it served as a pathway, covered area and refuge for birds.
Another use of the grape barber was the defining of property lines. At my Dads house, the grape barber provided a property line between neighbor yards.
If I could name a few joys of having a grape barber, my list includes:
- Attracts birds and bees;
- Provides a beautiful living plant all four seasons;
- Ingredients for jams, jellies and wines;
- Provides a spot where neighbors chat;
- Reuse the vines for wreathes;
- Provides a resting or hiding place for birds.
I recall my Dad every few years rebuilding the grape barber. He used cedar trees stumps with heavy gauge wire. Though the years, he changed over to using fence post and vinyl covered cable.
My Dad is no longer with us; however, his hard work and dedication to the grape barber is still growing strong.
I loved the idea of having a grape barber at our house.
As you can see, our grape arbor has lots of grapes vines. I believe seedless red, concord, and seedless green are growing.
My Dads had concord grapes. I remember my fingers turning blue after eating too many of them.
I adore the fact that something as simple as a grape barber carries on in my backyard. I hope there is something you in your backyard that reminds you of another time.