Mister gardener built a garden shed for me, a wonderful sanctuary in a style straight from Mr. McGregor’s English garden. It’s a lovely 10×10 cottage garden shed that houses everything garden. I’ve had it for several years now and inside it is neatly organized into work areas. I have containers of potting mixes, Holly Tone, Plant Tone, coconut bricks, on one wall. Shelving holds clay pots organized by shape and size and well organized wall grids and hooks hold gardening gadgets and tools of the trade. Other shelving holds plant labels and seeds and Neem oils, watering cans and gloves.
I love my small home away from home just a short walk from the house. I can throw up the window sashes to catch breezes off the river and putter inside to my hearts content. The shed is now nestled into the border with trellises on two walls for climbing plants… clematis, honeysuckle, and even tomatoes sometimes grow up the wall. A Williamsburg bird bottle on the side attracts a fussy wren every year and crushed oyster paths around both sides of the shed lead to the compost. On the shingled roof, a copper weather vane sings an eerie melody as it turns with the wind atop the cupola.
When it was first completed and mister gardener proudly led me inside, I looked around at the empty roomand loft that seemed vast, and thoughts of a day bed and a lamp on a small table jumped into my mind. But it’s become a different spot of relaxation where I can daydream and plan for future garden projects.
Two of my granddaughters, ages 6 and 8 at that time, took a good, long look at the shed and began to whisper. Later they drew up their own list of improvements that they left for me and mister gardener to find. Of course I saved the list. It’s marvelous and who knows what the future holds? Anything can happen.
Annie’s and Caroline’s list of improvements for Nana’s shed:
- Add a garage
- A pink and a green golf cart
- T.V. and Wii
- A pink refrigerator
- 2 pink spinning chairs
- Bathroom and toilet with fuzzy seat
- Small stove
- A pink rug
- A table for two
- Hot tub
- Monogrammed towels, one white, one lavender
- Pull out beds
I would love to read about YOUR garden shed. Leave a comment.
Ann Hohenberger, The Garden Club of Gloucester