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FRED'S GARDEN TENT

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n 2018, Fred's Tents & Canopies Inc., Waterford, N.Y., received a customer
request to design and manufacture a garden tent inspired by the conservatory
at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. The tent was unveiled at the

2019 IFAI Tent Expo in Orlando, Fla.
"Boy, was it a hit!" says Fred's Tents president Fred Tracy. "The combination
of the green metal framework, decorative rings and accenting fabric along
with the flowers and plant displays brought our vision to life."
The tent was possible because of the versatility of the shop's ADD Extrusion,
which allows the addition of ornamental decorations to any 120mm profile
structure beam, including decorative pieces, hanging parts, fabric, lights and

The Garden Tent from Fred's Tents & Canopies
Inc. showcases the versatility of ADD Extrusion
and Fred's proprietary dies. The decorations
are used to transform a standard 120mm
beam structure into a garden-themed space.
Photo: Fred's Tents & Canopies Inc.

more. The company owns dozens of proprietary aluminum extrusion dies.
Other equipment used to create the Garden Tent included a roll bender
on Fred's BFS (Better Fabric Structure) line and a CNC machine for the milling
and slotting of custom aluminum extrusions needed to attach the decorative
parts to the ridgeline, rafters and legs.
"It was a challenge because of the different lengths, angles and heights,"
Tracy says. "The circle design was 'same but different,' meaning although there
were a few different arches, when it all came together, they had to look uniform."
The design is also flexible-the decorative pieces are removable so the tent
can be installed without them for use as a standard structure.
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