Welcome to Garden Gate’s website! Allow me introduce you to my dear family, our sweet rabbits and our extraordinary work. While raising and showing pedigreed rabbits we are sharing our delightful experiences through the photographs I take of our rabbits that we dress and pose to illustrate our books, calendars, notecards and various Garden Gate® products. Meet famous rabbits and their families on our “Rabbit Park” pages, read stories and press releases on the “news” pages, and enjoy shopping at our store where you can buy our extraordinary books and gifts!
Each morning we visit our rabbitry where we are greeted by our eager bright-eyed furry friends. Read More…
Remember to send our beautiful Garden Gate Note Cards……
because you care enough to send the very best!
” Immeasurable benefits result from the reading and handling
of excellent bound books whether common or rare!”
Our Newest Book in the “On the Banks of Durbin Creek” series!
This is truly an extraordinary book with an exciting perspective
as you see our wilderness along the banks of Durbin Creek through the eyes of our adventurous rabbits Chip and Sherwood! From sunrise to sunset there is adventure as you meet the wild animals, travel the wooded paths and are thrilled at the close up encounters! The beautiful detailed full page panoramic photos show the “rabbit’s eye view” of the forest foliage, the gardens, berry patches, the thickets and follow the rabbit visits to the sandy shoreline along Durbin Creek. What a visual feast for the eyes that every reader enjoys whatever their age. Loretta Hayward’s amazing collection of photographs depict the challenges of capturing pictures of wildlife especially rabbits. Every page is a splendid teaching tool with helpful footnotes identifying new animals that are introduced throughout the story.
Readers will also enjoy searching some of the special pages for camouflaged creatures! Those activities will heightening their awareness of life surrounding them and the animals that are watching the rabbits on the trail. Our four page illustrated glossary is another valuable asset for vocabulary development and reinforcing new reading skill development. Adults are enthralled as well as youth! Elementary as well as high school teachers also use our fascinating books in their classes and instruction.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE BOOKS!
stop by our blog by Loretta Hayward
I love everything about good books beautifully bound!
I love fine art and this painting of the three children sharing a book!
I even love the paintings of people reading books!! …. More of our blog…
Laurens Library News
Laurens Library Press Release
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Loretta Hayward and her Garden Gate Rabbits make a special appearance at the Clinton Library for the spring Family Night Out program. Come for an evening of storytelling and fun with the beautiful live rabbits of Garden Gate. The Laurens County Public Library’s Family Night Out series provides our community with entertaining and enriching family oriented programming throughout the year. The event is free, open to the public and all ages are welcomed.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Loretta Hayward and her Garden Gate Rabbits make a special appearance at the Laurens Library for the spring Family Night Out program. Come for an evening of storytelling and fun with the beautiful live rabbits of Garden Gate. The Laurens County Public Library’s Family Night Out series provides our community with entertaining and enriching family oriented programming throughout the year. The event is free, open to the public and all ages are welcomed.
Don’t miss this! We look forward to seeing all of you there!
Loretta and the Hayward Family!
Books by Loretta Hayward can be autographed!
Garden Gate Rabbit Park Calendars are amazing and quite extraordinary in every stage of their development and production! After talking with our printer Jordan Finn today about our Rabbit Park calendar ( which is currently at Indexx) and explaining some of the work that we do, the need to share our story was pointed out.
People need to know much more about our fascinating rabbits and all the labor that is necessary to produce our beautiful pictures with those amazing rabbit expressions and poses. Since we raise several different breeds of rabbits there are different sizes of bunnies.Those are some of the challenges we have as we determine which size to work with and which rabbit will be the best color of rabbit to feature in the picture! I take time to sketch the kind of a picture I want to take, where it will be taken and what extra flowers or details will be included. We have rabbits pose in our garden areas where real flowers and real plants are thriving. The planning stages take time and then if I need to make a hat, bonnet or item for a rabbit to wear that is the next creation I work on. READ MORE
“Sow a seed of friendship today!”
“Anyone can count the seed in an apple
Only God can count the apples in one seed.”
Are the gardens
Are the roots
Are the flowers
Are the fruits.
“Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent
if no birds sang except for those that sang best.”
~ Henry van Dyke
Jack & Kimberly shared the news about Garden Gate Cards and the rabbit park with their viewers!
After we met Jack Roper and his wife at “Pioneer Day” in Gray Court we were invited to “Your Carolina!” Jack told his producer about us and the work that we do with our rabbits here at Garden Gate Rabbit Park! We have had the wonderful opportunity to be on the TV Show “Your Carolina” with some of our rabbits on several occasions! It was a joy for Gloria and I to make new friends and also introduce some of our interesting show bunnies as well as some of our rare rabbit breeds!
Take a closer look and see who is reporting from FOX 21!
Summer and Joe Gagnon, meet with Loretta and Ronald Hayward and enjoys getting acquainted with several of Garden Gate’s adorable rabbits that live at the Garden Gate Rabbit Park!
Mindy, one of our English Lops may appear to be shy at the moment
but she actually enjoyed our special visitors. Read more…
“Whenever you need a smile~come back to see us!”