Magazine article Sunset

Potting with Pizzazz

Magazine article Sunset

Potting with Pizzazz

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Garden work centers that put the fun in function

These two garden work centers embrace the gritty realities of gardening--a hodgepodge of tools, empty pots, bags of fertilizer and soil, and flats of seedlings--in graceful, even elegant, ways. Built in small yards, the structures are designed to be seen as well as used--what you might call functional garden follies. One is freestanding, like a playhouse, while the other attaches to the rear of a garage and is open to the sky.

Though they differ in appearance and size, both have the one element essential to every garden center: a long counter for potting, with open storage shelves below. Real or symbolic windows and doors, shingles, vertical wood siding, and operable lattice panels add enriching details.

Ultimate garden center: Butted against a garage and a storage shed, this 12- by 12-foot center has plenty of room for potting and propagation, as well as thoughtful features that organize and soften the open redwood structure. An L-shaped potting counter has a built-in plastic utility sink, running water, and a hose bibb. Rising from the rear of the counter is a divider large enough to hold five mud flats (above left). …

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