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The best clothes, art, tools, and sundries

It’s not just plants that make a garden – there’s art, furniture, outdoor clothing, and tools. Artists and sculptors usually take along smaller objects to flower shows, as they’ve more chance of selling them.

Traders also offer discounts at shows, so if you’re looking for art or furniture, here’s where you’ll get bargains – it’ll cover your entry fee.

Garden in style:

Cat design, Backdoorshoes

Backdoorshoes: Lightweight, slip-on mules in bright photographic patterns, in women’s, men’s and now kids’ sizes – new designs, www.backdoorshoes.co.uk

Funky Laundry: Large laundry/storage bags, shoppers and cool bags with sturdy zips and bright photographic patterns, www.funkylaundry.co.uk

Carryon Clothing: Fashionable and functional outdoor clothing for women and children, made in Beamish, County Durham since 1977, www.carryonclothing.co.uk

Briers: Bright, fun, excellently-priced gloves, wellies, children’s gardening products and more, www.briersltd.co.uk

Town & Country: Gloves, wellies, and accessories in trendy colours at sensible prices for all, www.townandco.com


EGO hedge trimmer
EGO hedge trimmer

Bulldog Tools: British-made garden tools since 1780, offering a lifetime guarantee; new premier range, www.bulldogtools.co.uk

Karcher: A new range of watering equipment, including hoses, spray lances, sprinklers, and accessories, www.kaercher.com/uk

Nether Wallop Trading Co: Traditional tools and gadgets, beautifully made out of sustainable materials, www.netherwalloptrading.uk

EGO: Cordless tools with powerful and environmentally friendly lithium-ion batteries, www.egopowerplus.co.uk


Dalefoot Composts' Vegetable and Salads Compost
Dalefoot Composts’ Vegetable and Salads Compost

O’Keeffe’s Working Hands: One of the top hand creams in the US, for severely cracked skin, www.okeeffesco.com

Hotbin Composting: Hot compost bin that superheats food and waste to 60°C. Mature compost in 90 days, www.hotbincomposting.com

Dalefoot Composts: Peat-free compost range made from sustainable bracken and sheep’s wool, including seed compost, a mix for breaking down clay and new vegetable and salad compost, www.dalefootcomposts.co.uk

Crown Garden Products Ltd: Innovative support products, including the portable, Grow Bag Frame, all UK made, www.crowngardenproducts.com

Plant Supports (UK): Steel supports, from spirals to obelisks, the range is comprehensive and affordable, www.plantsupports.co.uk

SteadyPost: Install fences without concrete or unsightly fixings using FenceFins – plant right up to the post, www.steadypost.co.uk

Post Buddy: innovative way of fixing broken fence posts, www.postbuddysystem.co.uk

Post Buddy
Post Buddy fence post repair system

Rock and Stone York Ltd: Hard landscaping, garden ornaments, water features, furniture, good salvage and reclamation, www.rockandstoneyork.co.uk

Farbrook Farm: Wild bird food, quirky nest boxes, feeders, gift packs and advice on looking after feathered friends, www.feedyourbirds.co.uk

WoodBlocX: Building blocks to make raised beds, walls, and ponds, from sustainably-sourced timber in Scotland, www.woodblocx.co.uk

Garden & Wood: Antique garden tools, furniture, and ephemera; cafe furniture imported from the Continent, www.gardenandwood.co.uk

Irrigatia: Weather-responsive smart irrigation controller using solar power to power it, www.irrigatia.com

Pest control:

Vitax Slug Gone wool pellets
Vitax Slug Gone wool pellets

STV: Pest control, advice, and products: ultrasonic cat scarers, ant deterrents, copper bands for slugs, www.stvpestcontrol.com

Vitax: Organic Slug Gone Wool Pellets & Organic 2 in 1 Plant Invigorator, with natural oils/emulsifiers, www.vitax.co.uk

Pest-Stop: Anti-pest devices, including pet repellents using ultrasonic and electromagnetic waves, www.pest-stop.co.uk

Grazers: Slugs and Snails Live and Let Grow! is a novel way of fighting back against these perennial pests by spraying the leaves, www.grazers.co.uk

Furniture & art

Tyre table
Tyre table by Ian Gill bought from Harrogate Spring Flower Show

Jonart Design: Elegant metal furniture in various colours and designs, for the garden or conservatory, plus accessories and wind sculptures, www.jonart.co.uk

Ian Gill Sculpture: Award-winning metal sculptor making contemporary works, including giant cherries – and my recycled tyre table, www.iangillsculpture.com

Mark Stoddart: Fabulous bronze and glass limited edition sculptures/tables – especially the hippo. One for the lottery winners, but lovely to dream, www.markstoddart.com

Twigtwisters: Willow sculptures made to order, in either living or dead wood, all sizes, including life-size horses and Aslan the lion, www.twigtwisters.co.uk

Lily Sawtell Design: Bronze resin and clay statues, planters, wall plaques and fountains. Check out Painted Ladies planters Gladys, Doris, and Mavis, www.lilysawtell.com

Cadix Buddha
Cadix Buddha

Thompson’s Garden Emporium: Antique, vintage and restored horticultural and agricultural ornaments, based in a village just outside Durham City, www.thompsonsgardenemporium.co.uk

Cadix: Ingenious and lightweight planters and sculptures for the home and outdoors under the umbrella brand Capi. Check online for stockists, www.cadix.co.uk

Gardeco and Supamoss: Wood-burning stove, chimineas, fire bowls and bio-ethanol burners. Supamoss is a biodegradable alternative to sphagnum moss, www.gardeco.co.uk