• Historic Shed is pleased to be participating in the $16,000 ULTIMATE BACKYARD MAKEOVER. The contest is hosted by Backyard Getaway and sponsored by WQ|Magazine. The contest is open to homeowners in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Entries may be submitted starting August 1st and the Top Ten Finalists will be announced August 24th, 2009. The finalists will be voted on during August 24 - September 18th and the winner will be announced on September 23rd, 2009. For more information go to whatabackyard.com.The contest winner will receive a backyard makeover up to 1200 s.f. with a water feature, butterfly garden, exterior lighting, and, of course, a perfect garden shed.

  • There is a recent post on the Fine Gardening website entitled "Cottage Garden with a Twist". Aside from having some gorgeous photographs of quaint cottages set amid lush, colorful landscapes, the article has great information on laying out the structure that you need to anchor the casual look of the cottage garden. This includes using rock and brick walls along with pathways to create a hardscape structure, then incorporating water features, trellises, and outdoor furnishings into the landscape. These items, along with the garden cottage as the perfect focal point, surrounded by a selected array of colorful, lavish plantings can create a quaint garden environment for both human and animal visitors.