Last Friday I was lucky enough to be included in a day long kitchen garden symposium hosted by The Garden Conservancy in Marin County, California. The day began with lectures and ended with tours of two exquisite private kitchen gardens. I’ll be sharing photos of both gardens later in the week, but I wanted to start with a peek of the chicken coop I spotted in the Collenette family’s absolutely magical kitchen garden.
The coop, which was made by California Coops, is constructed of recycled barn wood and other reclaimed materials, including a slightly rusty corrugated metal roof. I loved the windows, which are actually old picture frames fitted with hardware cloth. The coop is lofted off the ground on stilts and has a trapdoor in the floor. This allows you to attach a custom covered run to the bottom, if you like.
The weathered wood was dotted with bits of lichen and had a wonderful rustic patina to it.
Shirley Collenette also has a chicken tractor that she moves around the garden, but her flock of young hens spend the evening safely locked up in the coop, which is located at the edge of the garden nestled amongst plants and sheltered by the wide boughs of a tree above. If the coop had been just a little bit bigger, I would have considered moving into it myself.