A Vintage Garden is owned and run by us, Phil and Jane Clift from the beautiful Hampshire town of Alresford.
We are renowned for stocking English garden ironwork, all made by carefully selected creative metal workers and of course the very unique garden selection made by ourselves. Biggest sellers are our rusty poppy seed head plant stakes, and Phil's double flower and insect stakes.
Finally (and most proud of) a bit about my wire sculptures….
Jane Clift - Wire Sculptor
“My sculptures are a representation of strength, wholeheartedness, warmth and softness"
Jane Clift was born in Essex in 1955 and moved to Hampshire at the age of 8. She is married to Phil and has 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Jane comes from a very artistic family and from an early age had exposure to art and music. She focused on music which she eventually went on to teach. In her early twenties, Jane won a place in the highly acclaimed National Youth Theatre where she appeared in a number of West End plays and a BBC Play for Today. After this she was approached to tour the country as stage manager for a one man show, ending up at the Edinburgh Festival where they won the best fringe award. In the 90’s, Jane moved into the Corporate world of Professional Development where she worked for 10 years before literally waking up one day yearning to be creative once again. At this time, Jane launched a new business, A Vintage Garden and became known for finding unusual pieces of art for the outdoors. She started making wire bird sculptures for her own garden, and very quickly took commissions. The first sculpture she sold, was to another artist, and was inspired by murmurations. This continues to be a major influence today. Largely self taught, Jane loves to create birds and small animals. Jane uses lots of different wire using this medium as others would use a pencil to sketch her sculptures which are a celebration of movement, grace and humour.
In 2018, Jane became an Associate member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and won the "People's Choice Award" for her sculpture at the Cockington Sculpture Trail in Torquay. For the last two years she has exhibited at the Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Fair and many other leading fairs around the country.
At A Vintage Garden we enjoy meeting people face to face to talk about our products, therefore we're always very pleased to see you at our various events posted in our events section. However, if you see something on the website that needs clarification, please get in touch! we're very happy to help.
Our business is growing by recommendation. Please tell others about A Vintage Garden and let the garden in.