Quality over quantity, and lifetime purchases when at all possible. After all gardening gives us an opportunity to work with Mother Nature, and sustainability practices by each of us all add up. Thus why investing in quality items is worth the initial seemingly steep price, but in the long-run, its far less expensive, not only in money, but in stress on the Earth.
Over the past year, watching more and more episodes of Gardeners’ World and reading a handful of books and articles by current and past revered gardening experts, I am gradually including garden tools and supplies each making the hobby of gardening even more enjoyable than it already is.
Today I would like to share with you 7 British gardening brands to keep in your back pocket when you are a looking for a certain item. While most ship to the states, not all do, so if ever you have the chance to travel to Britain, be sure to visit and ship a favorite item or two home. AND two of the items are included in today’s giveaway (the 2nd this week). Select what you want after reading the instructions on how to enter and which items to choose from, and you may just be the lucky winner of a new gardening gift.
1.Haws Watering Cans (outdoor and indoor)
Haws’ two gallon outdoor watering can is seen above. Established in 1886 and the first watering can production company in the UK, their watering cans continue to outperform and stand the test of an entire lifetime of any gardener. Unfortunately, they do not ship directly to the United States, and while some businesses located state-side used to sell them, currently, the outdoor watering cans are nearly impossible to find. Their indoor watering cans can be located at a variety of shops in an array of colors and sizes and materials (metal as well as plastic). I happened to find my can at Terrain.com way back in August, and it just arrived about three or four weeks ago. Oh, but it was worth the wait. I do love it and find it incredibly helpful.
Haws’ outdoor watering cans come with a lifetime guarantee and offer the long-neck reach for watering deep borders, as well as the unique and much appreciated gentle soft spray heads made of brass. I turn my spray head face-down for watering established plants and turn the spray head up for sowing seeds so the water falls more gently.
The outdoor watering can is also available in a one-gallon option as well if two gallons sounds to be a bit heavy. Different colors are often available as well depending upon the distributor.
Given away as a giveaway to a lucky TSLL reader in last year’s British Week, it may take time for them to arrive (they are hand-made), they are worth the way without question. In fact, look closely at your favorite British mystery or English-country setting in any film or show, and likely, you will see a trug! I have two now – size 4 and size 6 – and from carrying tools and potted plants from the greenhouse to the garden for transplanting or placing cut flowers to vegetables harvested, to even weeding or dead-heading, these trugs are sturdy and meant to be used. Learn more about their history in this post.
A leading garden tools and agricultural supply business in Britain, Burgon & Ball have a handful of unique and highly recommended gardening tools on my list to pick up when I finally have the opportunity to return to Britain (they don’t ship to the states). The long handled bulb planter is the item at the top of my list, as the quality is superb, and no leaning over is required.
4. Barlow Tyrie
Award-winning outdoor furniture, Barlow Tyrie was founded in 1920 and continues to sell quality teakwood furniture made to withstand the wet English climate. Due to cost increasing for Teak, Barlow Tyrie also makes furniture out of stainless steel and aluminum. For the classic London bench or chair (seen below) to Adirondack chairs to the wooden benches that encircle trees in parks and grand lawns, they ship internationally, and once you purchase, their items will be in your garden for a lifetime.
Award-winning in the designs and structure, Hartley-Botanic continues to be at the top of gardeners lists for their greenhouses, as well as for the small details which ensure a bountiful and beautiful garden – cold frames, potting tables, vents, drains and vine support – just to name a few of their many gardening items.
Available in the United States as well as the UK, tour their many greenhouse styles – Victorian, abutting as well as modern and custom designs – and find the perfect outdoor work space to care for the plants you wish to grow.
Made in Wigan, England, since 1780, “Bulldog Tools have been manufacturing and supplying British made gardening, contractors & farming tools for centuries. All Bulldog digging tools are tested to surpass British Standard and can typically take a load in excess of 90kg (200lb). Tool heads are forged from their own high quality manganese steel and fitted with ‘A’ grade Ash handles.” And for gardeners who live in the states, good news! Bulldog Tools are stocked in California, and available for free shipping.
While many of their tools are currently sold out (the long-handled bulb planter – so popular!), many are still available and all will be restocked, so be sure to keep Bulldog Tools in mind for a quality purchase that will lands for years and decades to come.
GIVEAWAY: As they DO ship internationally, a lucky TSLL reader will win their very own Bulldog Tools if they choose (choose a tool equal or less than 60£ or $85).
Terracotta pots, I cannot have enough for my herbs or annual plants I enjoy having near my kitchen and just out my screen door (seen in the top pic). Known for their Frostproof Flowerpots, Whichford Pottery is handmade and makes a variety of styles, sizes and designs. Made in Warwickshire, England, and established in 1976 “by Jim and Dominique Keeling, Whichford Pottery is a family business with a world renowned reputation for quality, design and service.”
And, as they DO ship internationally, a lucky TSLL reader will win their very own Whichford flowerpot. If the winner selects a Whichford pot, they will receive a pot from Whichford’s Garden Essentials Range with a value up to 60 pounds.
UPDATE: The Giveaway is now closed.
HOW TO ENTER:
- Shop the styles of the Garden Essentials Range here or Bulldog Tools (UK site or the US site)
- Click on the style of pot you prefer and select the size of that style you prefer, keeping in mind the cost must not exceed 60£ OR if you prefer a Bulldog tool, select one in stock and either listed for no more than 60£ or $85.
- Leave a comment on this post with the style and size OR the name of the tool and you are set!
- Enter by Saturday May 22nd at noon (Pacific time)
- Stop by Sunday May 23rd to see who the lucky winner is.
- Good luck!
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