A Teacher's Dream Garden Shed

A 35 year career 2nd grade teacher, Barb Kingery from Illinois designed her dream potting shed herself. The potting shed design is an adaptation of plans that were in the 2005 July/August Handyman magazine. Barb purchased the red door at an antique store, and the builder turned it into a Dutch door as well as building the carriage doors. Every item including the brass and crystal chandelier was bought at garage and yard sales driving out in the country hunting for gardening themed items. The interior items cost her around $300.00. She contracted the work that had to be done by any outside labor. Functional in every way this potting shed coverts into a playhouse for grand kids to play school and store when not in use planting the fall bulbs.You can learn more about gardening projects at www.gagasgarden.com.
he potting shed side view with double doors
Another view showing landscape and water pump
Barb Kingery's Dream Potting Shed
Welcome to a truly functional potting shed
A teacher's theme all around with an antique brass and crystal chandelier
Antique Haag wash tubs
A teachers desk with a chalk board to plan and record gardening work flow
An antique school house tapestry wall hanging graces the wall
"Teachers Plant The Seeds of Knowledge That Grow Forever
The landscaping completes the potting shed adornment
A cart to transport tools and paraphernalia around the yard
Antique Singer Sewing machine

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3 of 4 questions
  • Alicia Arrazola
    on Jul 22, 2016

    How much did this cost in material alone without labor?

  • Janice Akam
    on Mar 19, 2017

    Where did you get the plans to build this?

    • Gaga's Garden - Susan Fox
      on Mar 28, 2017

      Hi Janice, Read the complete article on www. gagasgarden.com the plans are in 2005 July/Aug Handyman Magazine. Barb changed the plans and added the doors and bought the chandelier at an estate sale out in the country where we live. Hope this helps. Susan Fox Twitter @gagasgarden Instagram @gagasgarden

  • Flipturn
    on Jul 27, 2019

    The shutters really make the windows look larger, and add delightful contrast.

    Did you purchase the shutters ready-made? If so, from where?

    • Gaga's Garden - Susan Fox
      on Jul 28, 2019


      The shutters can be purchased ready made at any big box store like Home Depot.

      Thank-you for asking

      Susan Fox


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  • Petterson Dawn
    on Aug 8, 2017

    Function & form, my favourite design teach would give shed this an A plus.
    Just beautiful!
  • Ginger
    on Oct 6, 2017

    Completely awesome! I love it! Inside and out!
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