David Coton was delighted to recently meet with Frank Honald, President and Owner of Henri Studio USA, who had flown in from Chicago to discuss the opportunity of bringing their products back into the UK next year.
Garden memorials are becoming more popular in the UK, and David Coton reviews the range of ornaments and statuary available on GardenSite as people choose this way to remember their loved ones and even their pets.
Haddonstone have a selection of memorials crafted, in similar fashion to their other top quality ornaments, from reconstituted limestone that weathers just like quarried stone and has the surface texture and appearance of Portland stone, Bathstone, or Terracotta.
The urns are classically decorated and stand on a substantial and very elegant stepped pedestal. They can be used as planters, perhaps filled with your loved one's favourite flowers, or bird baths while others feature sundials – a reminder that time stops for no-one.
Each pedestal can accommodate one or two receptacles containing loved ones' ashes. An inscription can be stone cut or a perspex plaque attached with a name, dates and additional wording, presented in black or white lettering with a gold, black or silver background.
Various sculptural figures are also available, either secular such as the delightful Summer's Joy or religious with beautifully crafted biblical figures or angels.
A large circular Memorial Bird Bath with a pretty decorated rim stands on top of a pedestal with attractive moulding on the top and base. This is a very tasteful way to remember someone special, with birds bathing and drinking the memorial will be a constant source of movement and interest. The image show this product.
The Memorial Classical Sundial, that's placed on an impressive pedestal, is handsomely crafted using Roman numerals. The memorial's classic proportions and high quality workmanship are a perfect last resting place for a special person or well loved pet, with the details of their life inscribed for all to see.
This Planter, perhaps containing your loved one's favourite plants or flowers, can be the ideal memorial, a permanent reminder of their life that lives on. The stone Memorial Planter is beautifully formed with a prominent overhanging rim, gadrooning and other decoration.
A very discreet and traditional Memorial Block decorated with rope moulding along the edges and around a flower container. The gold effect vase contrasts wonderfully well with the stone that is also available in terracotta, and will look lovely when filled with colourful flowers.
In normal circumstances with warmer weather and Easter coming along soon, you should be stocking up on bedding plants to fill planters, borders and hanging baskets. However, even though the garden centre is currently closed, we are still trading online and, while you may be confined to home, there are plenty of garden jobs for you to tackle during April. David Coton has these suggestions.
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