ISSUE 82  |  Dog Days of Summer

Sussex Garden Trugs: A Classic You Can’t Improve

July 23, 2013 1:00 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

Simple Sussex garden trugs caught Queen Victoria’s eye one day 150 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 are still as useful when it comes time to pick summer’s first ripe tomatoes.


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

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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.

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Above: The British garden shop Burgon & Ball offers a Large Traditional Wooden Trug; £19.95. (We also like the Children’s Natural Wood Trug, £9.95.)

Not the trug type? See our favorite Colorful Woven Harvest Baskets from Barebones.

N.B.: This is an update of a post originally published March 26, 2012.