Magazine article Sunset

Gardeners' Play Stations

Magazine article Sunset

Gardeners' Play Stations

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Two perfect places to exercise your green thumb, whether you're a dabbler or a devotee

For the dabbler

Rustic and compact, the potting table pictured above is perfect for casual or beginning gardeners: It's basic, movable, and has just enough storage for a few pots. Tom Ecklund of Sebastopol, California, built the table of reclaimed redwood, incorporating a vintage window as a backboard for framing a view and a counter with a removable enameled-metal basin. The diluted exterior acrylic paint gives it a weathered look that's right at home in a cottage-style landscape.

From $250; sonomagardendesigns.com or 707/823-2438.

For the devotee

Stylish, solid, and as functional as kitchen cabinetry, this built-in garden center features ample storage and the kind of forgiving work surface that experienced gardeners appreciate. After searching for the ideal potting table without success, Jim and Jane Rawlinson of Woodacre, California, designed one to include all the features they wanted. They poured a concrete pad between two existing deck posts to set it on, then built it of tongueand-groove redwood over several weekends for about $1,000 in materials. The table features an ultra-durable counter, running water, and plenty of room for supplies.

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Well-designed work surface

At 25 inches deep, 34 inches high, and 42 inches wide, it's a good size for most gardeners to handle simple potting chores. A removable basin slips into a hole at one end and rests on its wide rim. It has no drain, so it can collect any soil spilled while potting for reuse; it's also great for watering small containers. …

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