Posted: Apr 22 2014
We love a British made product, and are delighted to be stocking Haws watering cans and plant misters, a classic British brand which is still proudly manufactured in England today. Haws started over 100 years ago in 1886 when Mr John Haws of Clapton, East London (not far from our Stoke Newington shop) patented an improved watering pot. The patent read: ‘This new invention forms a watering pot that is much easier to carry and tip, and at the same time being much cleaner, and more adapted for use than any other put before the public.’
Inspired by a French designed can, John Haws believed it could be improved upon and wanted the can, whether full, half full or empty could be handled easily. To this day, the original design has not been altered in any major way. As watering was all done by hand in the 1880s, there was demand for a good range of watering cans that were easy to use and the new Haws models found an eager market. Sales were good, the can was sold to both the large glasshouse nurseries that were being established around London and other cities, as well as to professional gardeners on the large estates which were flourishing throughout Britain.
Today Haws are made in the West Midlands, not far from Birmingham, and their classic design and functionality have ensured their continued popularity. We stock both the classic indoor 1 litre watering can in a galvanized finish and in copper, and the 300ml brass mister which is ideal for house plants including cacti and succulents.