A Fab Prefab

This potting shed proves that stylish storage doesn't have to be custom designed.
By Rebecca Bull Reed

More than a place to store a growing collection of trowels, turning forks, and spades, this little building offers the perfect spot for learning how to garden like a Southerner. When time permits, it is where the homeowners contemplate their morning chores with their favorite coffee cups in hand and music playing softly in the background. At the end of the day, it is a welcome escape where cuttings are taken and plants are repotted.

Don't fret that this sort of bond between garden shed and gardener can be achieved only as the product of exclusive design. If you have access to the Internet, a shed this beautiful and practical can be yours too.

Foreign Accent, Local Color
When Canadian couple Lynne and Bruce Walker decided to put down roots in Williamsburg, Virginia, it was because they loved the regional architecture. Influenced by British parents who were avid gardeners, Lynne was drawn to the tidy dependencies, or service buildings, that the historic homes in the area boast. Finding such a structure prebuilt locally was difficult at first, but then their luck changed.

Diligent sleuthing revealed Gardensheds, Inc. (www.gardensheds.com or 1-877-743-3711) as a great source. Appropriately enough, Lynne and Bruce's choice was the company's flagship model, the Williamsburg Gardenshed. A mouse click and several phone calls later, the centerpiece of their garden was delivered on a flatbed truck, preassembled and almost ready for use.

Page