A Garden Shed Fit for the Greenest of ThumbsBy Marvin Windows
As evidenced by unusually beautiful and functional garden sheds, homeowners are turning their backyard sheds into extensions of their own living rooms. For Ellie Dryer of Duluth, Minn., double hung Marvin windows in Evergreen helped boost the curb appeal of her small gardening space.
Ellie Dryer of Duluth actually does use her shed for plants.
“About eight years ago when I retired, my husband thought I needed a hobby,” she said with a laugh. So they had the shed built as a functioning garden shed that blends in with the surroundings, yet stands on its own without looking like the Dryers’ house.
Dryer requested a green metal roof, green Marvin windows and pavers as the floor of the shed. This way, when she spills water, it seeps between the pavers and into the sand below. Inside there are shelves for storage and a long countertop for transplanting flowers and plants. She requested the builders install a pull-out bin below the counter for potting soil storage, making it much easier to access than bags on the floors.
While it may be a working potting shed, that certainly doesn’t mean it’s dirty with soil anywhere to be found. In fact, Dryer is dressing up the shed even more with burlap valances. The builders used cedar inside, which gives off a warm smell while working in the shed.
Outside, Dryer maintains a lush Lithuanian garden, a tribute to her heritage. She uses plants in yellow, red and green — the colors of Lithuania — and has a couple other ornamental decorations that point to her father’s birth country. She also has a milk can and a cream can out front that came from her childhood farm in Rhinelander, Wis.
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