Archive for the ‘Gardening’ Category

Monday Must-Haves: The Great [Spring] Outdoors

Monday, April 8th, 2019

These five must-haves take your outdoor living spaces from post-winter drab to cheerful spring freshness. Click on each image to learn more, and share your personal must-haves for elevating the charm of your backyard and/or garden in the spring.

Flower Basket Bunny Doormat | Dianna Swartz | USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Iris Solar Light Stake | Blue and Purple | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopFlower Basket Bunny Doormat | $34.95

We always say that a decorative doormat can transform a porch, front stoop or entryway in an instant. This USA made doormat features a design by artist Dianna Swartz, and emanates both spring sweetness and country charm.

Flower Pickin' Garden Stake & Sign | Susan Winget | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Iris Solar Light Stake | $59.95

The newest of our flower light stakes, this lighted garden stake celebrates the beloved spring Iris with seasonal color and a stylish shape.

Flower Pickin’ Garden Sign and Magnetic Garden Stake | $74.95

This spring sign and garden stake combo is a welcoming sight in any outdoor living space, and with new signs coming in summer, this must-have will also be a perfect fit for seasons following spring (sign featuring artwork by Susan Winget).

Eucalyptus Serving Cart With Tray | Garden Decor | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Multi Color Petal Spinner Garden Stake | Garden Decor | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Eucalyptus Serving Cart | $179.95

This multi use cart can function as a place to hold plants and flowers waiting to be planted, or as a serving cart during an outdoor party. The removable top tray can be relocated to a bench or table, and the eco-friendly eucalyptus wood is perfect for the outdoors.

Multi Color Pedal Spinner Garden Stake | $199.95

This garden stake makes even windy spring days fun and cheerful. The wind-activated spinner features the colors of the rainbow, and three of the fans hold small lights for an illuminating effect.

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Thursday’s Theme: The Garden Shed of Our Dreams (a wishlist)

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

In March we talked about the components of our dream garden – a water feature, both flowers and vegetables, among other things – so it only seems right to create a wishlist for our dream garden shed.

Photo by Petersson & SvenssonDiscover shed design inspiration


First thing’s first – the outside. A storm door or screen door would be great on our dream garden shed, but we can’t resist the charm of a Dutch door. Maybe the storm door can go in the front and then the Dutch door could lead out to our well designed and flourishing dream garden

Photo by O’Connor Brehm Design-BuildMore shed ideas

We also like the half-shed, half-greenhouse look (and function!) – so that’s exactly what ours would be like, with the addition of an outdoor space to prepare pots for planting.

Photo by Backyard BuildingsSearch shed design ideas
Photo by VPC Builders, LLCMore shed photos


Typically cabinetry, counter tops, flooring and paint would not be priorities in our everyday garden shed. But remember, this is the shed of our dreams so those things are just as important as the garden tools and accessories. Wood is the perfect counter top material for our dream shed, and the washed out brick floor offers a complete look that is still rustic. The farmhouse sink is also a dream necessity, making it easy to fill watering cans and give potted plants a good drenching if they need it. A quick coat of green paint on the walls, shelves and drawers creates a natural yet cheerful atmosphere.

Photo by Historical ConceptsSearch shed pictures

And while we do love the cozy galley style of the above shed, we’d maybe put in a larger addition to one end of our dream shed so we could have a rustic wood table for planting projects.

Photo by Norris ArchitectureMore shed ideas

Have you ever dreamed up your perfect garden shed? Do you already have your dream garden shed sitting in your backyard? Let us know in a comment below, and happy spring gardening!

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Weekly Spotlight: Spring 2019 Web Exclusives

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

These web exclusive home accents belong in a place we’re excited to spend time in now that spring is here – outdoors! You can view more web exclusive garden stakes, yard art and lighting here, and don’t miss out on the outdoor decor in our catalog, too.

Colorful Pinwheel Spinner Garden Stake | Web Exclusive | Spring 2019Colorful Pinwheel Spinner Garden Stake

This garden stake will either add color to a green space or transitioning garden, or complement the colors of flowers and plants in your yard. Watch the spectacular spinner move with the wind throughout the seasons.

Solar Blue Bird Balancer Garden Stake

A balancing garden stake adds sculptural value to your garden as well as heirloom charm among your favorite flowers and plants. This balancer also features a beautiful glass bird and solar powered light, perfectly combining function and style.

Solar Blue Bird Balancer Garden Stake | Web Exclusive | Spring 2019

Bluebird Birdhouse | USA | Web Exclusive | Spring 2019

Bluebird Birdhouse

One of our many USA made Heartwood birdhouses, this simple design works in any outdoor space (your backyard birds will love it too). Check out the other colors here.

White Tailed Deer Garden Windmill

For a more woodland look in your yard or garden, this rustic windmill is a great addition. Catch the wind and enjoy the view of the evergreen tree and white tailed deer from your seat on the patio or from inside.

Sunburst Rain Chain

A rain chain provides a decorative alternative to a downspout. Display this accent piece and enjoy it even when it’s raining; the water will flow down the chain and into a separate basin.

How are you decorating your garden this spring? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook and have a lovely season!

Sunburst Rain Chain | Web Exclusive | Spring 2019

White Tailed Deer Garden Windmill | Web Exclusive | Spring 2019

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