THE MODERN MINT BLOG
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.
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,
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.
Our Seedballs are made in London. As are the tins these wildflower seeds come in…
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.’
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…
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…
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…
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…
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!
I recently wrote a piece for Topiarius magazine, the flagship publication of the European Boxwood & Topiary Society – of which Modern Mint is both a member and big supporter. Check out the EBTS here. They frequently run courses and talks too, so worth keeping an eye on. Below is the piece I wrote about the tools I use when making topiary and pruning trees…. Darren’s Piece In Topiarius Magazine I use Okatsune Secateurs, which I started pruning with when working on a large orchard in Hampshire. My Felco’s were too difficult to open with cold hands, but the chunky …
Just inc are you are free in the following dates in June, you can visit my mentor Charlotte Molesworth’s topiary garden… Check out the dates the garden is open here. And you can of course join both Charlotte and I for a topiary workshop in the garden in July, as well as September. Hope to see you there!
The Nunki weeder has been talked about by Jane Perrone in the newspaper (the Guardian, if you are interested. At the weekend.) She said this about our lovely weeding tool… “Getting on top of annual weeds such as hairy bittercress and speedwell can be tedious. The Nunki weeder has a curved blade that allows for precision work around plants….” There you go – a weeder for precision work, not an avocado destoner as someone once said to me. Take a closer look at the Nunki weeder now.