Definition: A Ramada is a simple, often rustic structure, derived from the Spanish word ramaje (arbor). Originally built to provide shelter from the sun during harvest time, they were often made of mesquite or cottonwood poles and ocotillo stems, and were open on at least three sides to maximize the potential for breezes. Modern versions may be attached to a residence or freestanding. Roofs are solid or partially open.
Used for: Outdoor dining, evening entertaining, or supporting plants.