Monday, November 5, 2012

NEW FOR 2013

What's new? We have added five furniture variations and some new, colorful Sunbrella® cushion options.

We now have a 60" round dining table with matching swivel rockers.

We added a 28" square dining table to our great selection of tables!

Additionally, we now have a bar-height end table and a versatile buffet table, available in every color including the new Aruba Blue!

Our chaise lounge is now available in Casual Back design!
Round Dining Table, Swivel Rockers
Bar-Height End Table

Buffet Table
Casual-Back Chaise Lounge

16 choices of fabric on Sunbrella cushions

Atlee Raber retires from Berlin Gardens

A fascination with backyard living is what led Atlee Raber, owner of Berlin Gardens form 1988 to 2009, into the backyard design business.

Beginning in the 1970s with a dedicated landscaping crew, he took joy in satisfying customers by creating beautiful backyards where they could relax and fellowship with friend and family. Backyard makeovers were his passion

For many years Atlee operated a successful landscaping business. Then the summer of 1988 hit, bringing severe drought and heat wave that was one of the most severe weather events ever - listed on the "Billion Dollar US Weather Disasters" list.

It occurred to Atlee that there must be a more stable way to help customers enjoy their  backyards, one less dependent on the weather. Some friends from Lancaster, PA gave him his answer - why not make gazebos?

Partnering with a carpenter and learning how to build them, Atlee found assembling skilled workers in carpentry and woodworking easier than hiring landscape workers. Plus, indoor manufacturing provided a controlled environment. Best of all, he could ship gazebos anywhere in the country.
So, in 1988 he began Berlin Gardens as a wooden gazebo and furniture manufacturer (those were the days before poly lumber was perfected as a building material). To meet his suppliers, Atlee traveled to the southern US for timber and to California for cedar shingles. 

Through the 1990s business boomed. In 2002 poly lumber finally reached the level of quality that enabled Berlin Gardens to add it to their line. Consumer demand grew and eventually lead to the elimination of wood furniture completely.

As a company owner, Atlee was always keenly interested in visiting customers and forming friendships. He was essentially the face and voice of Berlin Gardens. He always believed in the principle, "Take care of the customer and business will take care of you." He and his wife Liz received invitations to backyard barbecues and cookouts to enjoy both the gazebos and landscaping -- which Atlee had provided through his other company, Raber's Greenhouse. To Atlee, life's greatest pleasures came from getting to know people.

He also treated his employees like family, and they felt the same about him.

After a successful career leading the company, Atlee sold the business in 2009 to current owner Sam Yoder, although Atlee continued to represent the company as a salesperson and consultant. Finding Sam, Atlee says, was a real work of the Lord, and a blessing to him. He credits Sam for carrying on the concern for employees and their families that was so important to him.

This year marks Atlee's official retirement from Berlin Gardens. Our thanks and prayers go with him!
The bottom line on life for Atlee comes down to his faith in God and trusting His leading.
"Walking with God is worth doing," he says.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Berlin Gardens Brings the Tropics to You

The Berlin Gardens collection of Poly Lumber Outdoor Furniture is available in five bright and sunny tropical colors to make your back yard look like a tropical paradise!! Vacation at home in the sunny luxury of our bold and beautiful outdoor chairs, tables and more!

Choose from luscious Kiwi Green, citrusy Mango Orange, calming Pacific Blue, rich Scarlet Red or cheerful Sunburst Yellow. Mix and match the colors or use a single color scheme.
Poolside, beach-side or on the patio, these U.V. stabilized colors will stay vivid for decades! The poly lumber, made from recycled milk cartons, is mildew-resistant and impervious to the harsh effects of salt water and snow, so they can stay outside all year round!

See the full line of Berlin Gardens Tropical Color Outdoor Furniture by clicking here.

Garden Mission and Garden Classic Tables

All tables in the Berlin Gardens Classic Collection offer:
  • Umbrella hole with matching plug on table top
  • Umbrella hole on base with knobs for easy tightening
  • Aluminum frames for added strength and durability

All tables in our Garden Mission Collection offer these fine value-added features:

  • Umbrella hole with matching plug on table top
  • Umbrella hole on base with knobs for easy tightening
  • Aluminum frames for added strength and durability

To see the Garden Classic Collection go to our web site. And to see the full line of Garden Mission furniture click here.