Potting Shed

Potting Shed

Nothing reminds us that spring is coming more than digging out the potting soil, the rusted tools, and clay pots. For me, it involves cleaning the refuse out of my vegetable garden from the previous year, opening up the deer fencing, and bringing on the roto-tiller. Like many things in life, the process is often more important than the final product.  As long as we have a few wonderful meals from the garden, we are truly happy.

I think many of us have forgotten how powerful a modest structure can be in the landscape. Eighteenth and nineteenth century southern plantations almost always kept their pigeons or doves in pigeonniers or dovecotes. These small structures were utilitarian, but punctuated and emphasized the larger structures they were near. We design tool sheds, potting sheds, and generator enclosures (and all other buildings) to fit in with their environment and to complement the existing architecture. Garden structures create the feeling of a compound even though as buildings they themselves are quite modest. Because their presence in the landscape can enhance all else, their design deserves just as much attention as their larger cousins.

Wood Storage

Wood Storage

 

Garden Folly

Garden Folly

By Published On: March 23rd, 2017Categories: Miscellaneous5 Comments

About the Author: James Crisp

James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

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  1. Phebe Banta March 30, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Love these email — Fabulous taste of Jimmy Crisp!

  2. Marian Van Egas March 30, 2017 at 9:48 am

    I always take the time in my busy day to read your newsletter. Love reading your newsletter. thank you, Marian Van Egas

  3. James Crisp March 30, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Thank you! We love garden structures.

  4. James Crisp March 30, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks, we have great clients.

  5. Judi Smith March 31, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Love your articles, everyone of them! I can tell that you are a gardner at heart. Hope you get the okra planted – one of my favorites, fried crispy and golden brown or stewed whole when it’s young and tender. Down here in the Carolinas, we even pickle it.

    Keep designing those beautiful homes, they are a work of art!

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