From the banks of the Nile to your very own backyard, a Gabion could be the beautiful addition you’ve been looking to add in your landscape.

What is a Gabion?

A Gabion is a wirework container filled with materials, originally to stabilize soils and prevent erosion.

Derived from the old Italian word, gabbione, which means “big cage,” a gabion is an enclosure that can be filled with any sort of inorganic materials: rock, rip rap, oolite, field stone or any other materials. The cages were made of wicker thousands of years ago. Modern day Gabions are usually a welded mesh made of sturdy galvanized steel or stainless steel wire that won’t bend when filled with rocks.

In landscaping, gabion walls can be used as decorative structures, columns, borders, retaining walls and so much more.

History of the Gabion

Near 7,000 years ago, earliest found gabion-styled structures were found to protect the banks of the Nile River. In medieval eras, gabions were found to have been used as military fortifications.

Later, Gabions were used for structural purposes within architecture. It is known that Leonardo da Vinci used gabion as the foundations of the San Marco Castle in Milan.

Tropical Gardens Landscape has created beautiful additions of Gabions into the landscapes of prestigious homes and waterfront properties. A tropical beach themed landscape is generally the best fit for this style, although we have designed Gabions in mid-century modern style landscapes with great aesthetic success.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and we will discuss whether Gabions are the right fit for your homes landscape.