Handcrafted Wood Vertical and Hanging Planter Frames

March 14, 2012 by

The Six-Frame Hanging Planter Frame. 

Update 2022: This product is no longer in production, but this post may offer some DIY inspiration. See this one on Etsy.

I came across Planter Frames at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle. The free-standing wood planters are handcrafted by Pacific Northwest native, Matt Miller, who says he comes “from a long line of woodworkers–as far back as anyone has a record of. I have a special love of wood that runs in my blood, I guess.”

The vertical Tower 24

Planter Frames, which are available in three styles–Vertical, A-Frame, and Hanging–are crafted almost entirely of fallen and salvaged cedar from the San Juan Islands, where Miller lived for seven years.

From Tree to Stand
Miller, who works with his father, takes the project literally from tree to planter stand. As the root base in the San Juan Islands, explains Miller, is very poor because of the shallow bedrock, trees are very vulnerable in wind storms. The wood Miller salvages and uses for the planters is milled by his father on a small sawmill, hence the unusual custom dimensions (full thickness instead of thin lumber yard variety.)

The hanging planter frames are available in a six or eight pot configuration. For a freestanding option, there is an A-Frame design that includes one that holds 21 basic garden pots and another that holds nine. The Arbor 3 holds three window boxes (not included.)

Miller offers a vertical stand, the Tower 24, that holds 24 pots and would be perfect for a small space urban garden. The larger frames are held together with wing nuts and come apart easily for winter storage.

The Arbor 3 uses traditional window box trays.

For all the bigger stands, Miller can produce custom configurations. For example, he can put one 24″ tray frame and two 8″ pot frames on the same stand, or all tray frames on one arbor 24 tower configuration. Use your imagination then have him create the frame for you.

Arbor 21


  1. Kylee from Our Little Acre said:

    Wow. I was at the NWFGS for each and every day and never saw these! I love them! Thanks for bringing them to my attention, Robin!

    — March 15, 2012 @ 09:07

  2. Robin Horton said:

    Kylee, he had a small booth on the very edge. But glad you found them here!

    — March 15, 2012 @ 09:25

  3. Eugen Oprea said:

    I really like these frames and especially the vertical Tower 24.

    — March 15, 2012 @ 11:10

  4. TPS Lawn said:

    Love the new take on vertical gardening! Anyone using these frames? Do you like them?

    — March 15, 2012 @ 16:13

  5. abercrombie paris said:

    Merci beaucoup pour le partage de l’article sur la trÃ?�Ã?©sorerie. C’est un article gÃ?�Ã?©nial. J’ai bien aimÃ?�Ã?© l’article beaucoup lors de la lecture. Merci pour le partage d’un tel article merveilleux. Je tiens Ã?�Ã?  dire trÃ?�Ã?¨s merci pour ces prÃ?�Ã?©cieuses informations grands

    — May 19, 2012 @ 03:55

  6. Tina Smith said:

    how do you order the vertical tower 24? Not able to find with the link — takes you to some GoDaddy web page but on link to Mat Miller.

    — December 8, 2012 @ 12:38

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