Antiques Diva Garden Antiques Tours
Antiques Diva & Co tours are custom planned and a-la-carte and our clients often book tours —anything from one day to one week— in addition to other travel plans. For garden lovers, this is an ideal situation. England looks its best in late spring and early summer as the trees are filling out and flowers are bursting open. Planning a trip to tour several country estates and gardens while also stopping off at secret antiques sources is a dream come true for many clients! You can often gather inspiration while touring gardens of the great houses or cottage gardens of England, chateaux in France, and hillside villages in Italy.
We’re seeing a lot of people looking to source architectural reclamation, as these elements can be transformed into one-of-a-kind statement pieces. Architectural fragments can act as decorative objects on their own, but they can also be made into functional items. Think beautifully scrolled iron work converted into table tops or reclaimed timbers made into an arbour. From gates, fencing, doors, shutters, and trellising, creative people are designing unique pieces for the garden.
When designing a garden, scale and texture are key elements to consider. Even if you only have a balcony at home, a patinated watering can and a few zinc finials can really add character to your small space. If you have a large garden, antiques such as fountains, statues, and sundials can help add structure and formality. Whether you choose a garden antiques tour or prefer our buying services, garden antiques and architectural salvage bring charm and history to any outdoor space.
How do garden antiques help enhance and anchor a garden?
Texture and colour is key in a garden and to have stone and terracotta to offset the luxuriant colours of the plants is a real must. Antiques in the garden can also give form and structure which is particularly useful in a rampant cottage garden like mine – adding a touch of formality. Planters, jardinières, troughs and urns of all styles – antique, industrial, vintage, all lend character to both traditional and contemporary schemes and fulfil the essential role of planting opportunities. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a large outdoor space, many people lead crazy busy lives in cities and have a balcony or veranda – wonderful planting vessels offer a chance to be creative in a small space.
What are clients most looking for when it comes to garden antiques?
Currently there is one word on everyone’s lips: architectural reclamation! 75% of our tours in the past 12 months have been architectural salvage tours, private and professional clients looking for architectural fragments for the house and garden – decorative iron work to convert to table tops or wall art inside and out, gates, fencing, doors, shutters, arbours, arches, planters, trellising, summerhouses, chimney pots, all sourced from fabulous old European houses, industrial buildings, schools, churches and glorious gardens.
More About Garden Antiques Tours on the Antiques Diva Blog
- Garden Antiques in England
- Gail’s Garden Tips
- Bunny Williams on Garden Style
- Italy Diva Guide Susan Architectural and Garden Tour
- Gail’s Garden and English Country House Tour