Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Planning for a Shed-less Garden Shed
They aren’t allowed in my subdivision.
I knew they weren’t allowed when I moved here and so I made sure the garage was big enough to store the countless hoes, hand tools, chipper/shredders, wheelbarrow, garden cart, tiller, cultivator, truck, and other gardening tools I’ve accumulated over the years, along with the lawn mower. (Okay, mowers, plural, but that’s not the point here.)
What I didn’t count on was that I would someday like to have a shelter of some kind in the garden, a retreat where I could keep garden treasures and secrets to achieving happiness in the garden. I didn’t realize I would want a place to go to be closer to the garden in any kind of weather.
But I do.
And I have a plan to get that place, without violating any covenants.
The other day, when the Garden Designer came to see my garden for the first time, she and her Partner in Digging went inside the house to look out the windows to see what I see in the garden when I look out. According to Helen at Gardening With Confidence™, considering the view from the inside out is number one on her list of 50 ways to love your garden. I would have been surprised if the Garden Designer hadn't wanted to see these views.
Once inside, we went into the sunroom, and the Garden Designer commented how nice it was to be in there surrounded by the garden.
That was kind of her to say, but the room really isn’t set up to allow for spending much time in there. It mostly has plants in it taking up all the space in front of the windows, as plants sometimes do. I go in there just to water them but don’t find myself sitting in there enjoying the views of the garden.
So here’s my plan.
I think the views out the windows of the sunroom will improve considerably with the Garden Designer’s design, and I want to enjoy those views in all seasons. So at the end of this new gardening season that is just beginning, I’m going to work on making that room more of my personal “garden shed”, where I can go to be in the garden without being outside. It will be a shed-less garden shed.
I’m getting plenty of inspiration on how I might do this by reading Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways by Debra Prinzing*. The book is loaded with ideas and photographs of a variety of different styles of garden sheds, personalized to fit the needs of the owners. I think some of their ideas can be adapted to my sunroom.
Reading through the book, I'm inspired to bring in some of the retired, antique garden tools I have, move some plants out to other places, add some more comfortable seating, improve the lighting for night time and for reading and writing…
Maybe I’ll start working on this room sooner than next fall?
*It was my pleasure and privilege to meet Debra Prinzing last fall at the Garden Writers Association symposium, where she gave me a copy of her book, Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideways.