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Our History

In 1989, Rick Salm was a one-man crew with a cargo van. His first gazebo was for a local customer – a 16' site built gazebo with a deck. The next year, an interested party said to him “I see you build gazebos” and the crossover to multiple gazebos was complete. Of course, one gazebo a year is not nearly enough income to survive on and Rick stayed involved with remodeling, additions and also framing and finishing work for his father’s home building business.

The gazebo business advanced at a steady pace, keeping Rick and his wife, Barb, busy as they operated out of a rented warehouse.

Barb and Rick have been involved in the design, sales, marketing and day to day office details since the beginning of Garden Getaway Gazebos. Their son Brett has been working for the business for 30 years and began running the shop and installations in 1999. As of 2024 he acquired ownership of the business. 


Just thought I would send you another photo of the beautiful gazebo you built for us going on 10 year ago now. We LOVE it and spend almost every late afternoon and early evening in it, often having our meals out there. You do great work.

John and Laurale S.,  Sheboygan, WI

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