As promised, I am posting a slide show of the Clarington/Bulldog Forge garden.  View the short video tour below and post a comment about our garden for a chance to win a Chelsea gift bag! The deadline for entry is July 8th. 


The Gift Bag: A different view of Chelsea

In case you weren’t able to visit Chelsea yourself, I have brought back a sampling of goods from the show for one lucky winner. You only need to post a comment on this blog by July 8th to be in the running!

Chelsea Gift Bag



The gift bag itself is a Chelsea Flower Show 2011 cloth shopping bag. As an aside, I thought it was really cool that the bags at the Royal Horticultural Society gift shop were compostable! A very nice touch! 





Heyland & Whittle Soap



All the stands selling their wares are lined up in tents along a tree-canopied road, with all kinds of items for home and garden. Across the way from us, was the most wonderful stand full of lovely soaps made in the English countryside. The scents that came wafting over to our stand throughout the day were heavenly. A sample of Heyland and Whittle’s handmade soap is included as one of our Chelsea must-have items.




RHS Boots

As a reminder to anyone with plans to visit Chelsea in the future, I also picked up this RHS Wellington boot keyring. The show is held outside, and it can potentially rain cats and dogs. This year, we also had the rare treat of thunder, lightning, and hail!



Letterpress Notes



I also picked up a set of notecards that are hand printed in England by Archivist Press. “Created in-house using letterpress craft techniques on heavy laid textured card…The artwork draws on traditional British images”. 



Clarington Tools



And last, but not least, a collection of Clarington hand tools, including a transplant trowel, daisy grubber, and more! The exact selection has yet to be determined, but you can count on at least three tools from our collection!

Posted in Competitions By Emma Kelly on 16th June 2011

Connie, Thanks for posting. So glad you enjoyed the garden. The basic tools would be a spade, fork, and trowel. Lots of other tools would be helpful, but that's a good start. You can visit our blog on choosing the perfect spade to help find the right size

Emma Kelly commented on 14th October 2011

It's really nice to see a garden with different types of plants. Honestly, I enjoyed my tour to your garden. I like the small shelter too. Actually, I really like gardening but I don't have enough tools yet. I would just like to ask what are the basic tools that I'll be needing to start gardening and landscaping. My garden is not that big, it just around 20-25 sq. meters, hence it is not too hard to maintain.

Connie Isidora commented on 13th October 2011

Thank you all for your wonderful comments on our Chelsea garden. Congratulations to the winner of our Chelsea gift bag, Charlotte O'G. Saul

Emma Kelly commented on 21st July 2011

Congratulations, looks wonderful.

Andrew Price commented on 22nd June 2011

Too lovely! One lovely little garden with shed for every home all over the planet earth. And then we could take a trip from garden to garden to garden.

dick b commented on 22nd June 2011

Happy gardeners have beautiful gardens as evidenced by yours at the Chelsea show. Gardeners become happy gardeners when they use Clarington Forge tools. Every garden chore becomes easier and working in the garden is a pleasure with these very special implements. Just using my rabbiting spade makes me smile.

Congratulations on winning a gold medal!

Charlotte O'G. Saul commented on 22nd June 2011

so many years since i have been well enough to attend. but this lovely warm and homey production has all the spiret of a home garden. simplicity to look at but still work to produce. Congratulations. i have enjoyed your tools for may years and the ones i bought at the Chelsea flower show when i went are still holding up. at 74 ia m still an avid gardener though on oxygen it is a problen to do what i used to do.

deirdre pirie commented on 22nd June 2011

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