Make a Bean House – An Idea from the Pierce Family, Heuvelton

From Carolyn Pierce, Heuvelton:

When I first saw your post about Garden Plot, I wasn’t sure I had anything “unique” to
share, but then I remembered the “edible bean house” we started this
year, so I thought I’d share some photos of it.

The Pierce Family in Heuvelton got the idea for this bean house from Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania.

Beans make their way up their cedar house, along with morning glories for color. Reggie Pierce helps train the vines up.

We originally got the idea from the “idea garden” at Longwood gardens in

Philadelphia,PA (we were on a tour there with the 4H Horticulture club).

This spring we purchased some cedar poles from an Amish  neighbor, and
my boys built the frame.  We planted climbing beans, morning glories,
scarlet runner beans, and gourds around the base.  As you can see from
the pictures, it is starting to fill in nicely.


4 Comments on “Make a Bean House – An Idea from the Pierce Family, Heuvelton”

  1. Martha Foley says:

    Carolyn — I love the bean house!

  2. Serena says:

    What a genius idea!
    I am in love…now, where I can find Cedar around the Clayton area?

  3. Renee says:

    Great idea! My children & day care kids want to do this next year. Thanks for sharing with us.

  4. Carolyn says:


    I got the posts from a nearby Amish neighbor – we were lucky to get there early and pick the thinnest posts he had. I have to check the dimensions again – I think we started figuring the roof (how much pitch and length that would fit the poles) and then figured the sides.

    I’ll get another photo soon – the vines have reached the roof, and it is nice and shady in the house!

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