While I'm on a Shaker streak--and you can go back a couple of days to find photographs of the colorful buildings, as well as the iconic round stone barn--I'll share a couple of photographs of the inside of a small garden shed, as well as the apothecary table, above. All the herbs grown by the community were used for medicinal purposes. There were a couple of design features in the shed that anyone could copy in a barn, mudroom or shed at home.
I love the square rack for the large work tools; such a good idea for keeping them upright, rather than leaning them against the wall, as I do, and getting bonked on the head because I've stepped on the tines of rake, mistakenly left pointing outward.
The drying rack, made with screens, is superb for herb gardeners who want to drink tisanes all winter; I dry my lemon verbena, mint and chamomile on screens sitting on top of books stacked up on the dinner table, so that air can circulate underneath while they dry, but the problem with doing this inside is, naturally, you invite in a lot of the tiny creatures who are innocently living among the leaves.
The Shakers were the first to package seed in small batches, in paper packets, for the home gardener. They were also the first large producers of medicinal herbs in the United States. The brethren (the original Helpful Men) grew the crops, but the sisters (Industrious Women) picked, sorted and packaged the product.