THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Sep22

Made In The UK

Modern_Mint_Products-34 Laptop Brush Gallery 1

Above, a photo of our laptop brush, made in the UK.

Modern Mint Products – Made in the UK?

At fairs, people often ask us which of our products are made in the UK. Shoppers are clued in, information is readily available, and they want to know the story behind our products. Being the amiable and lovely folk we are here at the Modern Mint Shop, we tell them all they want to know about the product – and probably more besides!

This passion stems from really loving the products we sell. We can’t help it – our aim was always to sell great products, well-made – so that we could build a brand and a business to be proud of.

Well Made Products = Happy Customers

On a more personal note, we didn’t want to deal with complaints either. It is awkward for everyone when a customer is unhappy, so we happily negate this problem by making sure the item they purchase is useful as well as being an object of beauty.

This causes real ripples on the waters of life – on Monday this week, a customer dropped off a bottle of wine for us to enjoy, as a thank you for helping him choose a gift for his wife. (He chose these deckchairs, if you’re wondering.)

Please take note our other happy customers – gifts of wine are gratefully accepted here.

tarp hat uk

The photo above is of another happy customer, Peter, who we met at Helmingham Hall last weekend. He sent us this picture of himself in his new gardening hat, with a little note that read…

Very pleased with my hat – much admired locally…
Best wishes to you all,
Peter

We’re very pleased you like the hat Peter!

Products Made in the UK Are…

Our bee hotels, catapults, dog whistles, skipping ropes and laptop brushes come from Buckinghamshire.

Dog whistle made in the uk

Our Seedballs are made in London. As are the tins these wildflower seeds come in…

Seedball Mix Hand

From Cornwall come our wonderful clocks, plant labels, house signs and bird feeders. These are all made from recycled plastic plant pots, which otherwise would end up in landfill. Think the appropriate slogan here is – ‘it has not been used until it has been recycled.’

MTTH Clock Gallery image 1

From Kent come our beautiful embroidery stitch kits. They are so lovely to unfold out of the bag, and of course, it asks you to do the creating (offering helpful guidelines, so you are not alone!) What is a really great touch about these is that you can practise on the bag it comes in first. Such a good idea…

Embroidery Kit Cat Product Image 2

We think the writing and books of John Walker, the earth friendly gardener, are second to none. Want to make your garden better? Award winning ‘How to Create an Eco Garden’ is the way forward…

eco garden

There are plenty more as you look through our website (the beautiful hanging planters made in Suffolk are worth a peek…) as is some of the art work for your home by Wiltshire based photographer Andrew Yates…

Band of Brothers

Where Else Do We Find Our Products?

We hope this helps point you in the direction of where our products come from, which ones are made in the UK and why we do what we do at Modern Mint. You won’t see us at the big trade shows, picking up and stocking the same products as garden centres and high street shops – we seek the unusual, the beautiful and the useful.

We then test it out, before it goes onto the website to be offered to you.

After that, hilariously, we have found the high street shops start selling what we have been selling, often at inflated prices  – but that is what happens with quality, it shines through!

So we then have to expand our reach, move out of the ‘made in the UK’ market, and go abroad to find the best of the best…

Like this from Austria, or these from Japan.

Floral Snip Featured image

Or even further afield, to Brazil.

Made in the UK or not – at Modern Mint, we are passionate about curating the best products we can find.

Enjoy a browse through our shop!

May10

Transforming Topiary

topiary transforming

Transforming Topiary – a video made for the European Boxwood And Topiary Society by Charlotte Molesworth and I, in her garden. We take a dog topiary and work out how to update it, turning it into a bird. Worth a watch I think, and hopefully useful to you! You can see more of my clipping on the topiary page. Or read my Spring 2021 Topiary Provocation here.

Apr28

Phillyrea From 1682

Worlidge Phillyrea

Phillyrea is one of my favourite plants for topiary. I have been using it for quite a few years as a specimen shrub, mostly due to the fact it clips well and has a tough habit – all good characteristics for a topiary plant. It also has a  reputation for being an excellent nectar source for bees… Read more about Phillyrea here. Mentioning this to Malcolm Thicke, a market garden historian and writer, he sent me a some photos of topiary and phillyrea mentioned by John Worlidge in Systema Horticulturae from 1682…. incredible! He also mentioned to me that in …

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Apr27

Kites And Strings Podcast – Topiary In The Garden

kites and strings podcast

Kites and Strings is a podcast about creativity, hosted by US-based Stephen Ploum and Catherine Chinnock. Back in March they asked me to come onto their podcast and talk about topiary, my past writing plays, the stand-up I did and how creativity can fit into your life. The Kites and Strings podcast was great fun and Stephen and Catherine are fantastic hosts. Listening back today I am surprised by some of the ideas I talked about (somehow I even started to describe a future where I run a ‘School of Creativity’ by the sea…. where did that come from?!) but it …

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