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Step inside this fairy-tale garden shed

A little ingenuity helps turn recycled materials into a charming garden workspace

View of the exterior of the shed.
Photography by John Granen

Exterior

From the outside, Gail and Mark Dupar’s shed looks like a cozy vacation cabin, or something out of “Hansel and Gretel.” But the cordwood structure is really the nerve center of the couple’s kitchen garden, on Decatur Island in Washington’s San Juans. Here they start seedlings, arrange flowers, raise tomatoes, store tools, and dry freshly harvested shallots on the warm brick floor.

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