Glory in the Garden! A Raise Bed Revival

Image-1In March of 2010, I began my raised bed adventures by constructing and installing my very first raised bed. I blogged about the experience First Raised Bed.  Drainage issues and a desire to add more and more roses to my growing collection spawned not one but eventually six raised beds in our garden.


My son Tyler in the garden 2010

The original raised beds were approximately 3′ x 6′ and were made from pressure treated fence panels from my local home center. Over time, the beds began to deteriorate and my architectural skills being what they are, did not foresee issues such as the need to be structurally sound. My original redneck theory was, build a box, fill it with dirt, grow me some roses.   Our son Tyler even helped me with construction.

old bed

2016 – Debilitated Raised Bed

Last year, we had a permanent concrete border installed which eliminated three of the beds. This year, with the remaining beds deteriorating by the day, I decided to let them go and seek the advice and guidance of a professional.

I first met Doc & Eric Hurt on Facebook. Their company Yard360/Landscape 360 specializes in custom built raised beds made of cedar. This really appealed to me. I love the look of cedar, they are beautiful as well as weather and rot resistant.

The brothers Hurt came out about a month ago and walked the garden with us, were eager to learn about our garden and what we wanted to accomplish. I had the distinct impression that they were different from some of the others I had talked to. Most seemed bothered that I called, while Eric and Doc seemed genuinely interested in my garden and how the beds would be used. We drew out a plan that worked for us. They said that they would build the beds on site and install them the same day. Excited about the prospect of finally having the raised beds I have dreamed of, we asked them to partner with us in this raised bed revival.

The word revival by definition means to renew that which is tired, fallen away, has become old and unusable. To restore that which has lost it zeal. These poor beds have seen better days.


Eric Hurt of Yard360/Landscape360 custom cutting cedar onsite for our new raised beds

The team arrived early and went right to work. They measured again, walked the garden with us again to make sure that they had it right. It wasn’t long before they had the frames completed.


Once the frames were completed, they attached cedar shakes to dress up the outside. Scratch the screen, can you smell the cedar?  (some terminals are not scratch n sniff enabled)


They topped em off with a mitered cap. Built so strong, even this redneck can stand on them, they are a masterpiece of construction and stability.


Three completed raised beds in our garden

Can I tell you how absolutely thrilled we are with the finished product? I have never worked with such a dedicated crew of guys whose main interest was our satisfaction. It is a rarity in today’s world to find such a team


Proud to call these guys my friends

Glad to have these guys enter our lives at a time when our garden desperately needed a revival of structure and we needed a revival of spirit. We got both. GLORY!


If you need superior quality cedar raised beds, give these guys a call 205-213-7222

*Disclaimer: I paid full retail price for the raised beds and promised no promotional consideration. They were just that good.


About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at and on his popular website;, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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5 Responses to Glory in the Garden! A Raise Bed Revival

  1. angelasommers says:

    I have been following your blog for a while, and I love it, but this post is truly awesome. I love the revival theme and the end product looks fantastic. I look forward to finding out how your roses like their new homes! All the best,

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  2. Those look fabulous… Revival indeed!! 🌹Here’s to a wonderful rose-growing year!

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  3. Woo Hoo! Send them my way…road trip! Love the result! Clever man! See what I was up to this week…


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  5. The cedar beds are lovely! A wonderful post that includes the process and history. Perhaps they will build commercial ones available for assembly in far away locations. I’m hybridizing roses for Southwestern climates – build my own beds as you did, then I bought some mail order ( were better than mine but not perfect) – yours appear sturdy and will last. Thank YOU


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