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ANTIQUE RECLAIMED STONE TROUGHS MAKE SUPERB BONSAI CONTAINERS

We recently supplied a collection of very small circular salvaged antique stone troughs to a customer who used them for growing bonsai trees.  Apparently they are perfect for this use, as the stone holds moisture, and restricts growth of the Bonsai...

SUPERB RECLAIMED ANTIQUE STONE TROUGH RECENTLY BROUGHT ONTO THE YARD

We have recently brought this stunning salvaged antique stone trough onto our yard which has been salvaged from a farm in Yorkshire.  It is a beauty.  Very hard to find such large stone troughs such as these in such good condition....

Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire, Large Circular Stone Trough

I was recently walking around Fountains Abbey and came across the most fantastic circular stone trough, which I was told by one of the guides there, it was originally used for the monks to wash clothes, and has stood there amongst the ruins ever since....

Stone Troughs Supplied to Restaurant Chain For Planters in Bath

We recently supplied several newly made stone troughs to a well known restaurant in Bath.  They have use the troughs as planters, and a dividers in a busy pedestrian area .  We have several of these troughs remaining.  We have supplied many to landscapers, developers and for use in many urban projects.  ...

Stately Home in Gloucestershire Uses One of Our Troughs as a Centrepiece Water Feature, in a Memorial Garden within the Grounds

We recently supplied an extremely large antique stone trough to a gentleman in the South of England who has used it as a centrepiece in a memorial garden within the grounds of his stately home.  The trough has been dug into the ground by 3 foot, and has made the most magnificent water feature.  The […]...

Large Circular Trough – Used For a Rose Garden Project in Yorkshire

We recently sold a large circular trough to a customer in Yorkshire who has used it as a centre piece in her rose garden.  Granite sets have been used to set the trough off , and the trough has been placed on a plinth which was specially built to raise it up to draw the […]...

My Own Herb Garden in a Stone Trough

I love to cook, and to me there is nothing more satisfying than stepping outside of my back door onto my patio, and snipping fresh, home grown herbs straight from the garden.  Antique stone troughs make superb herb gardens.  Smaller, shallow stone troughs arranged in groups, different shapes and sizes make an attractive display when […]...

Plant a Vine

A vine has been planted in this beautiful stone trough, which adds interest to an otherwise ordinary stone wall....

Create a Parterre Garden with a Circular Stone Trough

A parterre is a pattern of boxwood or similar hedge plants, with the areas between filled with other plants. Traditionally, the hedging would be the permanent plants, and the infill made up of annuals and vegetables.  A stunning addition would be to place a central feature within the parterre, such as a circular stone trough […]...

Grow Your Own Veg!

We have used antique troughs as raised beds for our own vegetable garden this year.  Potatoes, carrots, cabbages, lettuce, beetroot and onions, to name but a few of the vegetables we have grown.  Results so far are excellent!  Good drainage is key.  We have drilled through the base of the troughs and used plenty of […]...

Ducks Take Flight

A large antique millstone has been used to create a spectacular water feature in a garden south of Harrogate.  We sold this fabulous 5′ diameter millstone to one of our customers who placed it in the centre of a purpose built pond.  It has been raised up on a plinth by about a foot.  Water […]...

Long Narrow Stone Trough Used for Climbers

This long narrow trough was used in a tight parking area of a driveway, to be used to plant on a north facing wall.  The trough was sold only 2 years ago to this customer, who had tried all sorts of different planting without success.  This pyracantha looks like it is thriving and gives the […]...

Stone trough ideas in large gardens

We were out and about visiting some of the troughs that we have sold locally so that we can post images to give customers ideas and inspiration for their own gardens.  This beautiful large stone trough has been used in a very large space in a garden just outside of Harrogate . It has created […]...

Chelsea Flower Show success for Tracey Foster

We are delighted that Tracey Foster picked up a Gold Award  with her Welcome To Yorkshire Garden. Not only are  extremely excited that Tracey has won this award, we are so please that people have had the opportunity to enjoy a garden filled with yorkshire stone. We first met Tracey Foster several years ago, when […]...

Stone Troughs by night

With this strange weather, we were thinking that it would be great to show customers some of our troughs lit up at night. We shall be featuring a section of “troughs by night’ so people can enjoy our beautiful stone troughs in the dark, as well as during the day....

Planting Ideas for Stone Troughs

These are a few pictures of troughs that we have had that have been planted up by our customers. We are delighted that we have sold stone troughs through the UK and internationally, we will be contacting some of our customers to get some more trough images for our blog over the summer. We have […]...

Stone Troughs are ideal for Alpines

Stone troughs are ideal for planting your precious alpines in. We will be visiting the Chelsea Flower Show to look at more planting ideas for our stone troughs, so please keep a look out for our new posts. The troughs in this gallery have been planted with alpines. You can obtain information on the cultivation and […]...

Stone Trough History – Part 1

Most troughs were built for watering stock and are found both within and along the edges of fields. They can also be found in the enclosures attached to field barns where they held water for over-wintering cattle. Many troughs are set into field walls so that they can serve stock in two fields; these often […]...

Garden Centre Article

A flavour of the Yorkshire Dales at Chelsea Flower Show There will be a taste of the Yorkshire Dales at the Chelsea Flower Show this year on a stand which celebrates some of the most enduring features of the rural way of life.Stone drinking troughs and mill stones, now in demand by gardeners as distinctive […]...

Garden News Article

  BRING a touch of rural life into your garden to enjoy all year round. Authentic stone drinking troughs make ideal planters, tough and resilient in winter months, but kind to plants in summer by retaining moisture. Rachel Adams of Original Stone Troughs specialises in authentic troughs of all shapes and sizes hewn from granite, […]...

Country Living Article

  SET IN STONE Although rather awkward to wrap and put under the Christmas tree, an old stone drinking trough – weathered and smoothed over many years by livestock rubbing against it – would make a wonderful planter or pond for a gardening friend. Rachel Adams of Stone Troughs sources the containers, plus millstones and […]...

Professional Landscaper Article

Two sisters, both having strong connections with the equestrian world, but in very different ways, will be joining forces at the Burghley Horse Trials in September. Rachel Adams of Original Stone Troughs will be in the spotlight as the result of an invitation to create a special display in the Members’ Enclosure featuring an authentic […]...

Country Landowner Article

  Stone drinking troughs, often long abandoned in the depths of the countryside, are becoming much sought after – so much so that CLA member Rachel Adams who lives in the Yorkshire Dales has been able to turn an unusual hobby into a growing business. She has become the leading specialist in the UK, usually offering […]...