Garden Shed Inspiration for Better Homes & Gardens
I want to build a new garden shed in my backyard this summer. This is an idea I had last summer and it never happened, so I’m moving it to the top of the “to do” list for this year. Most homeowners will agree, there’s no such thing as enough storage space. There’s a limit, after all, to the things you can stash in your basement and garage. What I really need is a garden shed – one large enough to house a pretty big arsenal of outdoor power tools while providing organized space for everything from rakes and shovels to mulch and fertalizer. All of my outside spaces are landscaped, so it will have to be in a somewhat visible area to the left of my water feature, above, one of the main focal points in my garden.
I had an earlier thought of creating a shed with a “green” roof, and when I came across this wonderful green garden shed on BHG.com , right, photo credit to Better Homes & Gardens, it pretty much made me realize I was thinking in the right direction. Thanks, BHG, for giving me the inspiration when I needed it most!
There are so many advantages to using recycled materials when creating a hardscape garden project — for the environment and your wallet! We use recycled concrete for paving systems, recycled glass in stepping stones (see picture,) and crushed recycled stone and granite for patio surfaces whenever possible.
An added benefit to using recycled materials? It cuts down on the cost of the installation of a landscape design. If I can incorporate larger pieces of old concrete into a design, the purchase and delivery of new materials is eliminated. Also eliminated -the cost of removing and disposing of old materials.
If you think that you can’t afford to install your next hardscape project, be sure to ask your landscape architect/designer about using recycled materials. The savings just may bring the project down in cost enough to fit into your budget.
Capture Your Garden & Share with Family & Friends!
This is coolest gift for anyone interested in watching a living plant bloom & grow – The PlantCam!
The PlantCam is a digital garden camera, and a great spring gift for the gardener in your life who starts every day with a quick tour just to see how well everything is blooming. It’s a four-megapixel time-lapse digital camera that captures mini-movie frames of your plants as they grow. It costs less than $100.00 and operates with a motion-sensor camera that also photographs wildlife at the backyard perch, feeder or nest. It can zoom in for closeups of sprouting seeds or capture an entire garden in wide angle. It comes in a weatherproof case, and takes about five minutes to install.
The best feature? It‘s PC and Mac compatible, so you can share your garden’s progress with family and friends on facebook and YouTube!
Look out for GardenWise‘s J. Mark White on HGTV’s “Curb Appeal” tomorrow! This latest episode was great fun to shoot as Mark’s real life clients, Matt and Chris, are always a pleasure to work with. Mark also had the chance to bring Matt to the GardenWise Studios to see the different types of flowers and plants that thrive in the Washington, D.C.-area, which is included in the episode.
Mark created, designed, and installed all of the landscape, hardscape, stonework, garden accents, lighting, and custon ironwork featured in this episode of Curb Appeal. GardenWise, Inc. also owns the rights to design work.
Here’s an inside scoop — at the 11th hour, Mark had to reach out to Arlington, VA-based architect Dwight McNeill, AIA, for assistance when the show’s designer just couldn’t come up with an acceptable design. Dwight quickly met with Chris and Matt and got to work. He went over choices for the exterior color palette, and delivered the exact combinations Matt and Chris hoped to find, which are used in the episode. Dwight didn’t receive credit on the show for his work, so we’re giving him a well deserved shout out for saving the day.
For more of Dwight’s work, check out Better Homes & Gardens. Another shout out to Furnari Iron Works, who did an amazing job in bringing life to Mark’s iron work design.
Below is the plan Mark designed and installed & some before/after pictures.
I received my Plant Cam as a Christmas gift, can’t wait to set it up!
Mark is a feature story in both Landscape Hardscape Design Build and Turf magazines, and talks 2010 garden trends with reporter Marcia Duffy.
Including environmentally friendly stone and hardscape options.
GardenWise, Inc. has been moving forward with “green” trends for several years, and Mark was pleased to share some easy to follow tips and ideas for home- owners across the U.S. who plan to go green with their next landscape/garden project.
All pictures featured in the story are of Mark’s landscape design work in Bethesda, Maryland; Alexandria, Virginia; and in Arlington, Virginia; and were photographed by Lydia Cutter.
If you live in Washington, D.C., consider the different landscape and hardscape spaces you can create to occupy the space between your home and the street. In the district, front garden spaces can be a major challenge as some of our front doors can be a mere 3-5 feet from the sidewalk/street. As a native Washingtonian, I’ve faced these very challenges for many years with my own homes, and I’m here to remind you there are no limitations — only possibilities!
Your front space can be a secure, lush, and green, where you can spend many hours of enjoyment throughout the year. With the right design plan incorporating various hardscape elements, such as new walls, stairs, walkways, and patios, and landscape elements, including plants, shrubs, trees, flowers, and plant containers, your home will come to life before your eyes. By adding other landscape design elements such as custom iron work, new lighting, and a new front door, an unused and uninspired front yard space can be transformed into an eye-catching, lush, and sophisticated space. You’ll enjoy more of your home in a way you never dreamed was possible, and the 10-15% increase in your home’s value is an added bonus. Below are before and after pictures of a small front yard space I designed and installed on Capitol Hill.
I hope you will contact GardenWise, Inc. via email or at 202-543-3422 to discover all of your possibilities!