The Garden Shed

potting shedGarden sheds are a source of inspiration for me- they inspire memories of a potting shed long ago at the back of our garden in Washington D.C. We lived in a white brick and black-shuttered townhouse in Georgetown. My mother designed the garden to be formal with wrought iron furniture, brick and raked gravel paths, trimmed box hedges, a fountain and a central birdbath. Although formally beautiful, it lacked a sense of wonder to engage a child’s imagination. Soon I discovered the rustic potting shed at the back of our garden, tucked in between two giant magnolia trees. The first time I went inside, the heady aromas of potting soil and burlap bags filled me with a sense of comfort. Neither of my parents used the shed, just the gardener who came twice a month. The shed became my secret hideout and playhouse. There was enough light from the small window to read for hours. The colorful packets of seeds, the rakes and shovels, spades and shears, hoses and watering cans provided an endless source of fascination.  Since then I have longed for a potting shed, although I no longer need a hideout or playhouse. The shed pictured above is an approximation of the one in Georgetown. The following photos show eccentric sheds made by some very creative Brits. Let me know which ones are your favorites!

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  1. Christina Olds
    Jun 20, 2015 @ 06:24:47

    I love potting sheds too – and the wood-working shop that filled the garage behind the house in Georgetown. Funny how much that entire back garden was our refuge!

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  2. terrienix@comcast.net
    Jun 20, 2015 @ 10:00:08

    Loved this piece!! (and my favorite is the one immediately below)

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  3. Johnna Bara
    Jun 23, 2015 @ 19:58:00

    So beautiful!  Makes me want to re-do the garden sheds too!!  Whoops, another project.  😉 xoxoxoxo   From: Ancestral Bird To: jlberrybara@yahoo.com Sent: Friday, June 19, 2015 7:14 PM Subject: [New post] The Garden Shed #yiv7217969953 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv7217969953 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv7217969953 a.yiv7217969953primaryactionlink:link, #yiv7217969953 a.yiv7217969953primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv7217969953 a.yiv7217969953primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv7217969953 a.yiv7217969953primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv7217969953 WordPress.com | Susan Bird Olds posted: “Garden sheds are a source of inspiration for me- they inspire memories of a potting shed long ago at the back of our garden in Washington D.C. We lived in a white brick and black-shuttered townhouse in Georgetown. My mother designed the garden to be forma” | |

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