Potting Shed

Growing a Potting Shed from the ground up with seeds of inspiration from Country Gardens magazine. A blend of new and salvage and materials, galvanized sheet metal counters and windows dressed with landscaping burlap. Lots of DIY inspiration and projects!


My Potting Shed is 10 x 16~ not nearly big enough :)

The exterior inspired by my early spring issue 2012 of CountryGardens Magazine.

Country Gardens Potting Shed

 A project that I was thrilled to have finally completed in 2012 after years of planning and procrastinating!

Click on the links to the posts below

the photos to see how she’s grown~

A Place to Pot

Nesting & Window Dressing

New Life for a Chest Gone to Pot

Skirting the Issue

Potting Shed Update- Fall Dressing

Bits of Fall & Blooms

Window of Opportunity~ Harvesting & Gathering

Potting Shed Christmas

Potting Shed Christmas


A Ladder from Santa


It’s a Wrap!


M is for Merry Christmas!


Bird Watching~ Chickadees


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{Inspired} Seed Catalog Wreath


Reliable Seeds for a {Staffordshire} Bouquet


Winter Window Dressing


Gardening Under Glass

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Repurposed Chandelier Bird Feeder

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Ready for the Bloom


Up & Down the Bunny Trail

Stepping Stones Potting Shed3

…And A Little Flower


Chalking it Up~ April Showers

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Seed Box Planter


Adding a Little Punch~ Flowering & Fluttering Branches


Canning Season

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Life is a Garden~ Chalkboard Inspiration

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Patriotic Dressing


Stop and Smell the Lavender~ Chalkboard Renewal


Not Just for Chickens~Window Gardening


Hanging from the Rafters


Freshly Picked~ A Watering Can Welcome


Butterfly Migration


Gathering in the Garden with May Rain

Bits of Fall Potting Shed-001

A Little Bit of Fall


Autumn is a Second Spring


Fall Around The Potting Shed

Raking Season

Raking Season

Potting Shed~ Happy Harvest

Potting Shed~ Happy Harvest


Decking The Halls in The Potting Shed


Potting Shed Christmas Nesting & Feathering

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Potting Shed Year in Review: Puttering, Playing & Potting


Winter Nest Feathering


Moving Day


Potting Shed: Blooming Inspiration and Spring Planting


Dreaming of an Early Spring: Spring Green Ball Jar Giveaway


Bloom Where You Are Planted


In the Potting Shed: Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life


You Are As Welcome As The Flowers Of Spring

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A Photo Shoot for The Potting Shed


Tabletop Gardening with Pfaltzgraff Naturewood


Bluebottle Flowers for Blue Bottles

Spring Planting and Potting Inspiration Home is Where the Boat Is

Spring Planting & Potting Inspiration


A Garden Metaphor for Life & Chalkboard Inspiration


Please Pass the Peonies


May All Your Weeds *Bee* Wildflowers and Giveaway!


Home is Where the Potting Shed Is


A Flower Fix, Black-eyed Susans and Winners!

Vintage Garden Picnic

A Vintage Garden Picnic in the Potting Shed


Red, White and Blue Transferware


Potting Shed: Pumpkins, Gourds, and Mums!


A Bicycle Built For Pumpkins


A Potting Shed Happy Haunting


Potting Shed: A Haunted Tableau


Birds of a Feather Advent Calendar


Potting Shed: Christmas Sprucing of the Porch

DIY Bird Seed Treats Advent Activity

A Tree for the Birds & DIY Bird Seed Treats


Growing a Poinsettia from a Cocktail Napkin and a Poinsettia Cocktail!


Putting Out The Wise Men and Shopping Wisely


A Picnic With The Birds

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Potting Shed 2014 Year in Review


Potting Shed Winter Fun: Grapevine Wreath Snowman

Dining with Snowmen


Feeding Our Feathered Friends

Weighing in on Ball Jar Love: Purple Heritage Jar Giveaway

Heritage Collection Ball Jars and Flower Therapy

Home is Where the Shed Is in Flea Market Gardens Magazine


An Irish Blessing and St. Patrick’s Day Table


Gardening with a Superior Flower Seeds Box


Spring on a Ladder!


Earth Laughs in Flowers and Flowers in a Seed Box


How to Build a Blooming Easter Basket


In the Potting Shed with Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail


Happy Spring Wreath With Blooming Wellies


Welcome Snowball Effect


Stop and Smell the Peonies!


A Ladder to Plant for the Potting Shed


Make Hay While the Sun Shines and a Blooming Monogram


Flowers Feed the Soul and Ball Jar Bouquets


The Novel Bakers Present: The Vintage Tea Party Book!

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Window Dressing for the Potting Shed


A Patriotic Salute in the Potting Shed


Summer Blooms Around the Potting Shed


The Bees Knees: Summertime Sipping


Gardening on Wheels:  Bicycle Planter


Purple Passion Flower and Tippling Bees

Dressing up the Potting Shed with Vintage Garden Tools

Watering Can Love


In the Potting Shed: Fleur Du Soleil


The Potting Shed Garden Shop {Sign}


Post to Summer’s End

Chalking it Up: Autumn, The Year’s Last, Loveliest Smile!

Fall on a Ladder

Fall on a Ladder


Fall in a Ferry’s Seeds Box

Dining with Snowmen


Nest Feathering: Christmas Around the Potting Shed

Christmas Joy Around the Potting Shed

2015 Potting Shed Year in Review

Around the Potting Shed: 2015 Year in Review


In the Potting Shed: Winter Nesting and Giveaway


Winter Window Boxes for the Potting Shed


Love Around The Potting Shed

Perfectly Imperfect: Transferware and Flowers

How to Grow a Vintage Seed Box

Growing a Vintage Seed Box

Welcome Spring Chalkboard Door

Chalking It Up To Welcome Spring


Hopping Down the Bunny Trail and Easter Egg Hunt Table


Planting Spring Bulbs in a Drawer!


Wisteria and Blooming Dishes


Jardin de Legumes and Bunnies


Shed-Keeping and Spring Cleaning


Blooming Tole Trays and Flowers!

Bachelor Buttons

Singing the Wildflower Blues


Gardener’s Recipe for Planting Summer Annuals


Pretty in Pink Blooms and Peonies


Tabletop Nesting with Blooms and Dishes


Planting, Puttering and Potting Shed Sign


Peonies Last Hurrah


Oh My Stars and Stripes!


Chalking it Up to Celebrate the Red, White and Bloom!

Potting Shed Door Basket with Flags

Red, White and Bloom: Potting Shed Door Basket


Room to Grow and Gravel Paths

Potting Shed New Perennial Bed

New Perennial Bed


Celebrating the Red, White and Blue!


New Red Bench & Blooms Around the Potting Shed


A Mad Tea Party in the Potting Shed

The Faded Beauty of Hydrangeas


A Mad Tea Party Continues


After the Rain: Summer Blooms Around the Potting Shed


Photo Shoot and Feature in BH&G Halloween Tricks & Treats Magazine


Wild Vines and Volunteers


Bits of Fall Around the Potting Shed


Welcome Back October


Brown Transferware, Hydrangeas and Pumpkins


Fall Window Boxes and Pumpkins


Fall Harvest Around the Potting Shed


Fall Around the Potting Shed Part 2 and A Nod to Halloween


Watering Can Welcome and Welcome November

Chalking it Up Plaid Christmas

Chalkboard Runner and Plaid Tidings


Sprucing Up the Window Boxes for Christmas

Potting Shed 2016 Year in Review

Around the Potting Shed: 2016 Year in Review


Woodland Table with Birds and Winter Nesting

Potting Shed Featured in She Sheds: A Room of Your Own

A Heartfelt Arrangement for Valentine’s Day

Valentine Greetings with Transferware and Flowers

Birds, Nests, Butterflies and Teacups

A New Pair of Chippy Shutters and Camellias

Chalking it Up: Happy Spring Blooms

Tabletop Gardening with Bunnies and Spring Bulbs

Growing a Garden Hose Wreath with Blooming Wellies

The Chain Gang

 Happy Earth Day

 Le Jardin Botanique and Bunnies

Garden Rules 

Window Dressing:  DIY Board and Batten Shutters

Tabletop Nesting 

Coming Up Roses and Blooming Tole

Tabletop Nesting with Majolica and Hydrangeas

Wheelbarrow Makeover

Morning Glory Vine Bottle Tree

Garden Blooms

Bees Knees Table

Blooming Door Knob Hose Guards

Woodland Table and Vignette

Blue, White and Limelights Table and Vignette

The Hum of Bees is the Voice of the Garden

Easy 5-Minute Potting Shed Door Update for Summer

More in the Garden Grows Than What the Gardener Sows

Ladder Trellis and Favorite Summer Vine

Botanic Blooms and Butterflies

Celebrating Everyday Life Magazine and Potting Shed Feature

Chalking it Up to Fall and Garden Blooms

Hello Autumn Wreath and a Wheelbarrow of Pumpkins

Fall Nesting: Brown Transferware and Hydrangeas

Christmas Greenery Around the Potting Shed

Filling Window Boxes with Christmas Greenery

Potting Shed 2017 Year in Review 

Chalking It Up: The Love of Gardening + Giveaway

Ball Jar Bouquets and Transferware in the Potting Shed

Bunny Garden Table in the Potting Shed

Tabletop Gardening with Seeds and Veggies

Celebrate the Red, White and Blue: Stars and Stripes Ball Jars + Giveaway

Peonies, Roses & Blue and White

May Flowers Around the Potting Shed

Celebrating the Red, White and Bloom!

Blooming Drawers on a Ladder

Dining with Bees + National Pollinator Week

Bees, Butterflies and Blooms Around the Potting Shed

Pitcher Perfect Garden Blooms

Public Service Annoucement: Plant a Limelight Hydrangea…or Five

Fresh Flower Market and Tabletop Gardening

Chalking It Up: Bees and Flowers Around the Potting Shed

Slinky Garden Hack and Trellis for a Favorite Flowering Vine

Late Summer Garden Update: Winged Beauties, Blooms & Bunnies Around the Potting Shed

Anyone Can Be A Gardener: Garden Hose Wreath for the Potting Shed

  162 comments for “Potting Shed

  1. October 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Love it!!!Thanks for sharing…
    Have a nice day
    Love from the netherlands,

  2. October 28, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Love your blog! Love your look… so many fantastic ideas!

  3. January 10, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Can I move in?? Love the Country Gardens potting sheds and yours is fantastic!! I can see your retail talents on display… aren’t you just happy to don’t have to take inventory of all your wonderful collections?

  4. Darlene Badgley
    January 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I love your blog! It inspires me, and makes me happy!! Thank you so much!!

  5. February 1, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I LOVE this Mary!!! Really LOVE it!! In fact, I believe I could live quite comfortably in the potting shed!! Your talents are awesome! xo
    Jeanne (Chloe and LadyBug too)

  6. February 23, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I have N E V E R seen such a perfect potting shed!! Well done!!

  7. Mary Ann O'Dell
    April 10, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Hi Mary! You wouldn’t believe it but I was also inspired by the same exact potting shed that was on the cover of Country Gardens magazine from last spring. Both my brothers are home builders and they are finally going to build me a beautiful garden shed within the next few months. I collected an old door from Columbia Falls, Montana along with a variety of old windows and pillars from my hometown, Gig Harbor, Washington that will be included in the 10 X 12 design. I can’t wait! Thanks for the inspiration and beautiful photographs.

  8. October 1, 2013 at 8:20 am

    I am so envious of you! You are so lucky to have that potting shed to store extras and to work in. Fall is a great time to inspire projects🍂

  9. October 27, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Absolutely beautiful and creative, designs…they really make me smile. I am so inspired. Thank you for creating and sharing…I love your style

  10. Pollyanna
    November 27, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Wow, your potting shed really can’t be called a “shed”. It’s gorgeous. I just discovered your blog today via a link from pinterest. I need to read your old posts. I too am a lake person, I know I’ll enjoy your blog. I live in Raleigh, but our lake property is in SC. I think I need to check into Lake Norman for retirement!

  11. June 8, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Wow! I am very very jealous! Emma xx

  12. September 14, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Love the repurposed chandelier! 👯

  13. Jess
    October 14, 2014 at 11:26 am

    I wish you had a pin button for pinterest!

    • October 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      There is a pin button, just hover on the left corner of the photo and it will pop up :)

  14. Esther Edwards
    October 18, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I absolutely love your potting shed and everything about it! I especially love the door. Would you mind sharing the color with me? Love your blog. Thank you,

  15. Diane
    December 19, 2014 at 6:24 am

    I want to come live in the Potting Shed!

  16. March 8, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Just saw this, how gorgeous, fun, and absolutely charming!

  17. Judy
    May 4, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    So enjoyed looking @ your creative ideas during all the seasons & holidays. Wow! Just moved to the country & can’t wait for my husband & I to build” my potting shed”. I hope he won’t procrastinate!!!LOL.

  18. July 24, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Oh my,,,, you have the cutest shed in all of blog land. I love how you change up and stage it just picture perfect. What a great sense of style you have. Love your site.

  19. November 28, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    A cup of tea and scrolling your blog – Ahhhh, so wonderful, so peaceful, so inspiring, so beautiful. Thank YOU.

  20. November 29, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    I recently came across your site from Pinterest. We used the same design to make our garden shed to build a 10×10 shed for our backyard. I bought an old door and rectangle window at an antique shop in Blissfield, MI. My dad had lots of white barn board, windows, and tin roofing. We recreated another garden shed that is now our chicken coop, 8×8. I used old boards from an old firetruck for the deck/porch that my dad had saved and tore off old red barn board from my grandpa’s barn. Put a old door from my grandpa’s barn on the side as a wall and my husband designed unique windows for ventilation that open like shutters. He also designed a one of a kind front door for the coop.
    Love your site and will be following your Pinterest board. Such cute ideas!!!!

  21. Tim Taylor
    May 22, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    love your shed and all the ideas

  22. Linda Bevis
    July 1, 2016 at 2:54 am

    Hello Mary good morning from a wet and damp uk ( well it is summer) found you via Pinterest such an abundance of goodies to be found in the u.s too many I fear for my suitcase!!
    Look forward to following you enjoy the heat Lyn

  23. Sherri Smith
    November 10, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    My husband is building a potting shed for me using materials from my grandparents’ farmhouse that was built in 1792. I love the “Potting Shed” sign you have on the front door. Where did you purchase it? I absolutely love ALL your ideas … you’ve definitely inspired me to “grow” and “bloom”!

    • November 10, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      How fun Sherri! The sign came from Gibson Mill from a dealercalled “Ful O’Bright Ideas”. The last time I was there they didn’t have it but they probably would again in the spring when it’s gardening season or maybe the Mill can you put in touch with him :)

  24. December 2, 2016 at 12:52 am

    eclectic and perfect!

  25. January 14, 2017 at 12:54 am

    I was just wondering- do you live on a boat full time or do you have a house? Would love to see your home interiors if you have one!

    • January 14, 2017 at 5:45 am

      Hi Nancy, We don’t live on a boat, we live in a house on a lake. “Home” is where we dock our boat :)

  26. Susan Bergman
    April 29, 2018 at 8:04 am

    I’d be happy to LIVE in that little shed! Just beautiful, cozy, romantic and sweet!

  27. Laurie
    December 23, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Love them all! Extremely inspirational!

  28. April 27, 2020 at 7:39 am

    In these housebound times, your potting shed is a visual treat. Thank you!

  29. Debbie
    May 25, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Hi, Love your shed as inspiration for my little shed my husband and I are building. I was wondering what color green paint is on your two little shelves on the front wall above and below the little window by the front door.

  30. cathy mccall
    January 26, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    Absolutely wonderful!

  31. July 14, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    hello! I really love your little potting shed. Would you be willing to share the plan so we can make one?

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