Furnishing the Garden

I’ve been on the hunt to find two matching solid Teak benches for our new garden. A couple of sitting options strategically placed for reflection and repose in the unfolding plan.


With the winds that often come off the bay they needed to have a good weight so they don’t blow away (my neighbours have been warning me). After much searching on design, price point and shipping, I connected with John Philbrick the owner of Muskoka Teak. I liked what I saw of his selection online and decided to make the day trip and take a closer look at them at his shop. He’s been around for 20 years and has a good reputation for building quality outdoor Teak furniture that lasts.

Unlike many folk I love Teak best when its light brown finish turns a weathered grey. So while the garden won’t be finished until next year, I wanted to get a head start on the weathering process by putting them out in the elements.

John’s shop is worth a visit if you’re up in the Port Carling area. I particularly found his teak animal sculptures fascinating. Even had thoughts of buying a moose to incorporate in the garden, now that we’re in the Canadian north and maybe growing English Ivy over part of it…hmm? Sculpture and topiary just seems a good combination.