Dear Diva Readers,
top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>It’s officially March, and while it still may feel like winter in some regions of the world, we’ve got garden antiques on the brain here at The Antiques Diva & Co headquarters! We get clients from all over asking to take Garden Antiques Buying Tours and now is the perfect time to book a tour for late spring. Whether you’re a tourist who simply loves gardening and want to add to your collection of garden antiques or an antique trade professional looking to stock your store with fabulous patinated finds, we recommend setting your sights on the UK!
Because our tours are custom planned and a-la-carte, 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 of England as well as strolling through cottage gardens. In fact, our Diva Agent in the UK recently put together a list of her favorite gardens and tour” target=”_blank”>English country houses here.
Once you’re inspired, it’s time to go shopping—our favorite part! From beautifully curated shops filled with special pieces to vast warehouses which stock rows and rows of garden antiques, our Diva Agent has all the contacts in her little black book. Finding weathered terra cotta and stone pots, planters, and urns is always a treat, as these can be used indoors to start seeds during late winter months, then moved out to the garden once the weather breaks.
But it’s important to think outside the box too. 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 arbor. From gates, fencing, doors, shutters, and trellising, creative people are designing unique pieces for the garden.
There are plenty of classical garden antiques available as well. 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.
Since many of us love spending time outdoors, garden furniture is a necessity. Unique outdoor tables and chairs used to dine al fresco can often be snatched up for a song. Stone, metal, and wood benches can also be used in various parts of the garden, allowing you to perch and contemplate. One of my favorite pieces, which I have two of on my rooftop terrace in Berlin, is a chaise lounge! Who wouldn’t want to take in the view of the garden from a lovely lounge, perhaps while sipping on a glass of bubbly?
Regardless of what your style is, the UK has something to offer for every garden lover. From formal gardens and traditional garden antiques to rambling cottage gardens and rustic pieces, England is the place to be. If you would like information on booking an Antiques Diva Buying Tour, simply email us at email@example.com. We’d love to custom plan a tour for you!
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 40px; line-height: 30px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>W e recently had a client who was coming on an Antiques Diva UK Buying Tour and wanted to see some of the English countryside as well. She emailed us and asked if we had any recommendations on which castles, gardens, and quaint places to see. Well of course we do! Enter our UK Diva Agent, Gail McLeod. Gail knows the Cotswolds like the back of her hand, and since the client was flying into Heathrow and wanted to go straight from there, Gail put together a list of sights to see that I want to share with you below of gorgeous gardens and English Country Houses to see on your next trip to England.
There are a large number of wonderful gardens in the Cotswolds, many being owned by the National Trust which lists a summary on its website.
Prince Charles’ most wonderful garden is now open by appointment to the public. Highgrove is one of the most creatively inspired gardens in England. It is composed of a series of distinct spaces, all connecting, which allow one to meander through the garden with the house always visible in the distance.
Kiftsgate Court Gardens is famous for the namesake Kiftsgate rose being bred here. This is a truly gorgeous house and garden particularly in mid-June to early July when the roses burst into bloom and cover much of the gardens.
Sezincote is one of the UK’s more remarkable country estates with a beautiful parkland setting. The house was built by the man who built Brighton Pavilion. The architecture is in the Mogul Style of Rajasthan, with a central dome, minarets, peacock-tail windows, jail-work railings, and pavilions. It truly is a sight to behold!
Iford Manor is a miniature Italianate manor house on the edge of Bath with a world class garden designed by Harold Petoe. It was the World Heritage Garden of the Year a few years back. It’s quite impressive!
Finally, Tyntesfield is the full package with a magnificent historic house and gardens. With its Victorian Gothic Revival architecture, the house is a magical place allowing one to step into the past. It is often quite busy on the weekends so if you can go during the week, that would be ideal.
It is important to note that some of these privately owned gardens are only open on specific days so you should always check the opening times for everything before planning your trip. Regardless of whether you are able to see all of these gardens and houses, you will have a marvelous time exploring the English countryside!
When planning your next trip to England you can combine Antiques, Gardens, Country Houses and More! Email to:firstname.lastname@example.org” target=”_blank”>email@example.com to book an Antiques Diva® England Tour.
The Antiques Diva®