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How many of you watched P Allen Smith’s Garden Home Challenge on YouTube last summer? High goals were set in order to build a 1600SF cottage at Moss Mountain in 150 days for 150 thousand dollars. Yes, you read right. I was there, glued to every episode, taking notes, asking questions, as I too planned to build a small home with similar requisites. When the series came to an end, woeful me yearned to know the final details. Then came Allen’s invitation to join other garden bloggers at G2B13 May 6-9. My ultimate wish granted, I traveled to Little Rock, and soon was at the cottage threshold with Allen as host!

Allen welcomes G2B13 attendees to the Garden Home Cottage

Allen welcomes G2B13 attendees to the Garden Home Cottage

Front door of the cottage

Front door of the cottage

side pergola leading to lower garden

side pergola leading to lower garden

rain barrel at porch corner

rain barrel at porch corner

rear deck from lower yard

rear deck from lower yard

Laguna constructing cottage water feature

Laguna constructing cottage water feature

overnight 1500 gallons of water added

overnight 1500 gallons of water flowed into the pond

Laguna Ponds make installation appear simple

Laguna makes installation appear simple

Byron having fun during pond installation

Byron Ford from Bonnie Plants is having fun during the pond installation while Janet Carson looks on

Allen applauds as water flows for the first time

Allen applauds as water flows for the first time

Mallory holds aqua plant floatation ring

Mallory Colliflower from HGTVGardens holds an aqua plant floatation ring

rear porch view of completed water feature. Allen will landscape around and below site

rear porch view of completed water feature. Allen will design a landscape around and below this site

one year later ~ fully landscaped Laguna pond at the Moss Mountain  Farm Cottage. Photo by Teresa Byington

one year later ~ fully landscaped Laguna pond at the Moss Mountain Farm Cottage. Photo by Teresa Byington

another Laguana pond at Moss Mountain

another fully landscaped Laguna pond at Moss Mountain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpC_x5gqtnw&list=SP156AE490198B14C8 is the link to Allen’s brilliant Cottage Home Challenge. Check it out and see if you too can create an affordable, cozy, green abode. And if you are lucky, a Laguna pond may find its way to your home.

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