photography LYNN KARLIN

versatile, creative, useful,
personal and inviting

“We had the garden shed built by Billy Hastings and Royce Varnum of Quality Construction [no longer in business] of Blue Hill in the summer
of ’93.

“The 30- x 90-foot garden came first and we decided that the shed would be a good focal point with a path up the middle, leading to it. The shed is used for garden supplies and tools and storage in the winter—it makes a great place to dry onions in the fall. At first the shed was natural wood, then I painted it pastel colors, then we settled for the green-and-cream color scheme. The cupola with rabbit weathervane was eventually added.

“We got the idea for the design from a photograph in a magazine and altered it to suit our needs. People who have visited our garden have even taken the design and made their own version, using the same basic plan.”
—Blaise deSibour and Leslie Clapp


“Our little potting shed was moved to its current home in 2005 from a property that we purchased in Rockport. We needed to make way for a parking area and thus the little potting shed was in the way; we had Jim Rutledge move it. The spot did have a broken-down shed that was irreparable. I fell in love with the little shed from the moment I opened the door. Old clay pots lined the shelves, along with mystery seeds contained in old jars—the previous owner was also a gardener—along with a slew of garden books, some of which I added to my library of garden information.

“We did a few repairs on the outside—some missing shingles, we added a recycled door that I found at the dump—and we painted it to match our home. The floor and shelves remained from when it was built, probably in the ’30s or ’40s—not quite sure about that.

“The sign I painted: ‘le jardin’ (French for ‘the garden’), I just liked the way it looked. The shed is also very handy. We keep our lawnmowers and garden tools along with gas cans. (On two separate occasions we have found $5 bills on the shelf by the gas cans for fuel. We suppose someone ran out of gas.) Funny little stories that little potting shed could tell ...

“It is a perfect backdrop for my shade gardens and we have found it extremely charming and a sturdy little shed.” —Ben and Nancy Allen


“Harry and I had the outbuilding built after we bought the house to use as a storage shed for lawn and garden tools and furniture projects for my former antique business. We chose the site because it is visible from the back sliding doors.

“We had the framing done and finished it with clapboard siding, a cedar shingled roof and a reclaimed yellow door that has become weather-aged rustic! I occasionally put Clapham’s Beeswax on it ... a little protection that allowed it to
still age.” —Harry and Patty Read


“Dennis built the shed in board-and-batten style to match our house. The window
in the gable end is from the front door of our 1860s historic home. The copper cat weathervane commemorates the good cats we’ve had in our lives. It is used as a garden shed to store tools, etc.” —Dennis and Chris Urick


“We had the Treehouse built to store our lawn mowing equipment and garden tools; we even moved it when we relocated to another property. The apple tree inspired the idea of that shape and, really, the concept of using a silhouette of a plant form to hold up a gable roof came from a magazine for a day-care center, but on a much grander scale.” —Terry and Dianne Hire


“I’d always dreamt of having a little studio. It would smell like wood, sunshine,
dust and paint. My best friend Joe Holmes helped me put it together. He can
make anything. I found old doors, windows and boards. He had a great antique wood stove.

“It’s a quiet place where I can forget about my work, laundry and paperwork. It’s a place to daydream. The deck is fantastic for summer dinner parties.” —Kate McLeod

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