ISSUE 13  |  Rite of Spring

Sussex Garden Trugs

March 26, 2012 3:30 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

Simple Sussex garden trugs caught Queen Victoria's eye one day a hundred and fifty years ago, as she strolled through the Crystal Palace in London. Awarded a Royal Warrant, the baskets are still crafted the same way today—and useful for a variety of garden chores.

Above: Oxford-based Objects of Use carries handmade trugs fastened with brass pins; contact the shop directly for ordering information.

Above: Handcrafted from chestnut and willow, the Original Sussex Trug is £78 at Labour and Wait. For an assortment of traditional trugs—with bark, stripped, or painted—visit Sussex Trugs.

Above: The British garden shop Burgon and Ball offers a Medium Natural Wooden Trug; £16.95. (N.B.: We also recently admired their Children's Natural Wood Trug, £9.95.)