Dreamy Garden Shed in Munich

August 1, 2017 6

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garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

Some people dream of fast cars, luxury fashion, big villas. I dream of a little garden shed. A little allotment somewhere in the city where the borders between city life and countryside blur. Imagine a little allotment where you can grow your own veggies, fruits, herbs, flowers. And in the middle there is a dreamy garden shed. A little refuge for the urban dweller where you reconnect with Mother Nature. Sounds like fantasy? Well guess what: I found such a dreamy garden shed right here in Munich.

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

The charming owner (tenant would be more correct as you rent such allotments from the city here in Germany) is young, talented, and very creative. I met Ben on Instagram a while ago and fell in love with his snapshots from his garden shed. At one point I decided to contact him and suggest a little blog series. Much to my joy he was all game.

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

Ben has been the tenant of this garden shed for the past five years. When he took it over from an elderly couple it was the cliché garden shed of a retired German couple. Lots of wood panelling everywhere, a traditional corner seat, plastic garden furniture. Two months later Ben transformed the garden and the garden shed into a dreamy haven with lots of personality.

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

The garden turned into a wild grove of flowers, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Red currants, apples, raspberries grow next to pumpkins, salads, cucumbers, courgettes, tomatoes. The air in the garden is rich with scents of basil, rosemary, thyme. The pebbled pathway invites the visitor to roam around and discover the bounty of nature on a tiny little allotment.

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

The garden shed itself is a little dream come true. Ben painted the wooden panelling white and added thrifted furniture pieces to the little shed. Table, chairs, a cupboard, a daybed, a bench – everything is vintage and perfectly matches the atmosphere. Old copper pots and pans adorn the wall in the kitchen corner, whereas above the daybed a personal collection of ceramics, souvenirs, stones, and dried flowers attract the beholder’s eye. Ceramics is also a catchword here! Ben is not only great in growing fruits and vegetables and styling interiors, he also is a super talented ceramicist.

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

The majority of ceramics is handmade in Ben’s garden shed. Cups, bowls, vases – all made by Ben himself. Even the big salad bowl is handmade as well as the ceramic lampshade above the table in the shed. He also made the wind chimes and the chandelier on the porch. And all the flower arrangements are made by Ben too. I need not mention that all the flowers come from his garden. Now if I tell you that he is a great cook and bakes delicious cakes and cookies too, will you believe me? Is this guy for real?!

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

I am not done with my praise for Ben and his manifold talents. During my visit Ben showed me his beehives behind the shed. Recently he collected his first batch of homemade honey from his hives and I got a little jar to take home with me. Then it was barbecue time. Ben prepared some veggies from the garden, yummy sausages, and a homegrown salad. This was perfectly accompanied by ice cold apple ciders and infused water on the porch. That Sunday evening felt like an instant vacation on the countryside yet I was a 15 minutes bus drive away from my downtown home!

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

When I featured pics of Ben’s garden shed on Instagram, people told me that I should get myself such an allotment too. Oh believe me I’d love to but the waiting lists are eternal. I also heard of people who were even refused to be put on waiting lists as those were too long already. After all it looks like I am not the only one dreaming of a little garden shed in the city. But a boy can dream, right?

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

garden shed, Munich, interior styling, urban gardening, Schrebergarten, München

Follow Ben on Instagram for more inspiration! And for all of you who read/understand German here is a book suggestion: ‘Lust auf Laube’ is looking at the new movement of urban dwellers and their allotments by presenting 20 examples from all over Germany. The book is published by DVA and you can get it HERE. Happy dreaming!

Photography by Igor Josifovic

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  • Reply Judith August 2, 2017 at 00:09

    Wow, Ben is such a multi talented guy! Such a rich & lush garden and OMG the bees & honey!!! Until you find your own garden shed, I hope you get to visit often!

    • Reply Igor August 2, 2017 at 00:59

      Ben is really amazing. And well, whether he likes or not, now I know the way to his garden shed so I will be a regular guest I am afraid:-)

  • Reply Michael Wurm, Jr. August 2, 2017 at 02:16

    I’m so in love with this space and lifestyle. It’s basically magic. So, is this his home as well? Or just a retreat?

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

    xo Michael

    • Reply Igor August 2, 2017 at 09:02

      I know Michael, right? That is pure magic!! No it’s not his home. He lives a 15 minutes bike ride away in the city center just like me. This is an allotment provided by the city and it is not made to live in permanently. You can sleep over from time to time but usually you don’t have running water in the cabin (only in the garden) nor electricity (unless you add a solar panel by yourself) nor toilets. But you can live a little countryside dream in the city!

  • Reply Jeanny August 2, 2017 at 09:49

    Wie wunderschön, this must be paradise on earth! Kann man sich den Ben mal ausleihen zwecks Gartenverschönerung? 🙂

    • Reply Igor August 2, 2017 at 09:58

      Oh ich bin mir sicher, darüber kann man sprechen:-) Ich schlage ihm das neue Business-Modell vor:-)

  • Reply Anastasia August 2, 2017 at 09:52

    THIS IS EVERYTHING!!!! <3 Can't get enough of these pictures… A. XO

    • Reply Igor August 2, 2017 at 09:57

      I know Anastasia! This guy transformed a Schrebergarten into a slice of paradise!!

  • Reply Minza will Sommer August 2, 2017 at 10:32

    Igor, Ben, was ist das für ein Traum von einem Garten! Wunderbar gestaltet, herrlich lässig, wild und ursprünglich (und das in einem Schrebergarten) und so schön festgehalten in Wort und Bild – eine Augenweide! Ich hoffe, es geht in großen Schritten weiter in diese Richtung der Schrebergartenbewegung, es ist teils so zäh die alten Regeln zu sprengen, aber so (eben so!) schön!!

    Liebe Grüße x 2 🙂 Maren

    • Reply Igor August 2, 2017 at 15:18

      Man fängt klein an und entstaubt so die Schrebergartenszene Stück für Stück! Ich finde nur, dass die deutschen Städt noch mehr Gärten zur Verfügung stellen sollten. Dann wären unsere Städte gleich nochmals grüner und wir hätten alle Spaß beim Gärtnern!

  • Reply annton August 2, 2017 at 11:21

    I am in love.

    • Reply Igor August 2, 2017 at 15:17

      We both are!!

  • Reply julia I mintlametta August 2, 2017 at 12:08

    ach wie wunderschön. was für eine traumhafte “laube”. so wild wuchernd und auf den punkt gebracht zugleich. ich beacker hier unseren kleinen hinterhof und wünschte er würde ebenso daherkommen, aber das ist noch viel arbeit nötig… die entsprechende Inspiration habe ich ja nun… liebste grüße JULIA

    • Reply Igor August 2, 2017 at 15:17

      Freut mich, dass Dir der Garten und die Laube so gut wie mir gefallen. Ich war ganz hin und weg. Ach was, ich bin immer noch ganz hin und weg!!!

  • Reply Garten Fräulein August 4, 2017 at 11:03

    Wuahhh ich bin echt von den Socken! So eine schöne Laube habe ich noch nicht gesehen! Wahnsinn – ein Paradies! Ich selbst vernachlässige meine Gartenhütte bisher total aber seit dem ich mir die Bilder (ich glaube jetzt zum 250zigsten Mal) angeschaut habe bekomme ich richtig Lust, auch aus meiner Hütte etwas richtig Schönes zu machen und nicht nur aus dem Garten an sich 🙂

    • Reply Igor August 4, 2017 at 11:41

      Oh das freut mich!! Es ist schön, wenn so eine Story inspiriert. Ich muss ja zugeben, mich hat es ja auch total verzaubert und inspiriert. Ich werde mich jetzt auch mal ans Töpfern wagen und hab noch andere Ideen dank der zauberhaften Gartenlaube von Ben!

  • Reply Karina August 5, 2017 at 06:12

    I love all those, is really amazing, is magic. I m so in love this space and style life ( sorry for my horrible english )

  • Reply Sherin August 7, 2017 at 08:14

    I love every single detail you have worked on Ben, I was zooming in and go through all the photos with so much pleasure 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻🌺thank you for this beautiful Article it made my morning coffee time deliciously creative ☺️

  • Reply Mel August 10, 2017 at 15:02

    I love this post sooo much! What an absolute haven Ben has! Do you know that they have these allotments all over the place here? They are much smaller than Ben’s but a little piece of paradise for the apartment dwellers. Following Ben on Insta now. x

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