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April 2, 2015

Sophie Conran At The Orchard

Filed under: Garden Accessories,Garden Pots,Gardening — Mat @ 9:37 AM

Just in time for Mothers Day saw the introduction of a brand new collection of garden tools to The Orchard from respected British garden tool manufacturers Burgon & Ball. Designed by Sophie Conran the new collection is for the lady who loves to garden whilst keeping one eye firmly on looking good whilst doing so!

About The Designer – Sophie Conran

Sophie Conran is not only a fantastic designer but is a working mum with two children.  She loves cooking and home life and interiors and has made it her work. Sophie takes her inspiration to do what she does from a childhood watching her rather, a designer and her mother cooking and baking in the kitchen, bringing together the blend of food and design you see in her work today.

Sophie believes in creating a family environment filled with warmth, simplicity and love. Her motto is: ‘One life, live it well’

Her latest products, known as “The Garden & Great Outdoors Collection” have been designed exclusively by Sophie Conran for Burgon & Ball. Working in partnership with Burgon & Ball, Sophie has created a stunning collection of ergonomically advanced tools, gifts for gardeners and home accessories, specifically designed with the female hand in mind, along with unique pieces for those who love their home inside and out. (more…)

March 9, 2015

Perfect Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is the perfect chance to show your mum just how much you care and just how well you know her without question.  This may be that she’s a keen gardener, loves shabby chic accessories, enjoys making her house feel like a real home or just simply loves spending time with you.

Whatever hobby or interest reflects your mum we’ve got a gift that will put a fabulous smile on her face this Mother’s Day.

For the garden lover we have a brand new collection of garden accessories by Sophie Conran for Burgon & Ball from watering cans and garden tools to great shabby chic ways to store your garden accessories, here is just some of this collection, we love it and hope you do too:

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To see the full collection of gardening tools and accessories from Sophie Conran and to order your gift in time for Mother’s Day simply click here:

We also stock a fantastic range of garden pots in both our Kew ( and Aged Ceramic ( collections:lavender-tapered-pots-1 Image12




For those mums not so into the outdoor lifestyle we have some cosy gifts perfect for indoors including these fantastic Ruby & Ed slipper boots—ed-cloud-slipper-boot–natural


To view the full Ruby & Ed Collection click here:—ed-at-the-orchard

We also have a wide range of accessories for the mum that can’t get enough shabby chic styling in her home:


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As well as a little something for the mum who loves to entertain:

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Once you’ve chosen the perfect gift, let us do the rest, simply choose a card and gift wrap options at the checkout and we’ll personally hand wrap and hand write your Mother’s Day card, we can even deliver direct to their door so mum will feel special even if you ca’t make it on the day.

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To see our full collection of Mother’s Day gifts and more visit our website:

May 2, 2014

Beautiful Garden Ideas

Filed under: Garden Accessories — Mat @ 9:52 AM

We want our gardens to be in full bloom in time for summer. No matter the size of your outdoor space, your garden can be a beautiful sanctuary of colours, scents and textures. Your garden is a great way to embrace nature with flowers, shrubs and greenery and bring your own unique style, outside!

How Can You Create A Beautiful Outside Space With Garden Pots?

Not all of us are naturally green fingered but we all want to enjoy our time relaxing in our gardens. Garden Pots are a fantastic simple way to bring some rustic charm into your garden and are also a practical solution to gardening.

There are many ways you can use garden pots, including:

  • Steps – placing a pot on each step, even if you only have one or two, is a simple yet very effective way to make more of your steps. Use a dramatic flower such as Strelitzia (bird of paradise) to really catch the eye.
  • Collection or cluster – a cluster of pots in all shapes and sizes is a wonderful way to add an unusual feature in your garden. As your flowers or plants grow your feature will change-which is the true beauty of garden style.
  • Water feature – usually, when we think water feature, we think of a fountain or stream running through our garden. This season is a perfect time to think outside the box and use your pots, pitchers and watering cans to make a unique water feature. Try stacking your pots on different levels and let water overflow into each pot.
  • Larger pots –you can create standalone flowerbeds, containing a fern or grasses which moves with the strength of the wind. Trees can even be planted in large garden pots, as long as they are re-potted and their roots trimmed every year.
  • Vintage charm –Use antique iron and industrial materials for hanging baskets to bring a beautiful contrasting texture. The soft floral shades and movements of your flowers will look stunning against vintage objects. Try Fuchsias, which will hang beautifully. (more…)

April 18, 2014

Interior Meets Exterior in Garden Styling
















Gardens have always been the place we go during the warmer Spring and Summer months to chill out after a long day at work and where we entertain and BBQ on the weekends.

Now our Gardens are more and more an extension of our home and the interior design styles we love, with the exterior of our homes being as important as our interior, from shabby chic, french country, rustic, contemporary and modern styling all playing there part even in the great outdoors. Some of us are even making our interiors into exterior props for a truly styled garden.









This applies not only to those with the luxury of large gardens in an age where you’re lucky to get anything more than a small square of grass but also to those who only have the retreat of a balcony after a long hard day at the office.









It’s been interesting to see of late just how creative you can be with even the smallest of garden space.

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To see our collection of shabby chic and rustic garden accessories and furniture click here:

April 13, 2014

Shabby Chic Garden Retreat

It’s been a gorgeous couple of days as far as the great British weather goes, the sun has been shining, you can feel the warmth on your back and the garden is starting to get hues of colour that shout that Spring is definitely here and maybe even Summer is around the corner.

I can’t believe that we even went as far as having our first BBQ of the year yesterday, if only to celebrate the start of some good weather it was well worth it.

It’s amazing how your thoughts run wild, especially after a glass or two of something chilled as to the big plans for designing the garden this year, maybe I’m a little late and I should have been planning this last October but it’s hard to imagine when you’re tucked up under a blanket in front of the fire that you need to brave the day and get planting those Spring and Summer bulbs during the Winter cold.

So after a couple more glasses it was decided with 3 dogs and a reasonably sized garden we would split it in two, the dogs can have their area to run around and we will create a slightly vintage, shabby chic style retreat with cosy outdoor lighting from candles and beds  full of colour, along with a few pots, what greater invitation to the great outdoors on your doorstep than this?

If I had to start putting my mood board together for the dream I think it would look a little like this….

The board says relaxed, rustic, with hints of shabby chic and a desire for natural light once the sun sets….watch this space for the finished design!

If you would like to get your hands on some of these great pieces to finish your garden masterpiece/retreat simply click on the below images:
















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