now browsing by tag


Spring into the Garden


Welcome to the Antique Garden Spring edition. Take a look at what’s new at our garden shop. Our store is located in the village of Leitersburg Maryland on the Civil War trail. We are minutes from major interstates and are near the city of Hagerstown.

Gerber Daisies

Gerber Daisies

002 004 005 006 007 009 010 011 012 013 014 015 017 018 020 021 022 023 024 025 026 027 028 029 030 032 033 034

Summer at The Antique Garden



It is almost August and the summer is literally flying by! Here are some sights from our store The Antique Garden in the square of Leitersburg Maryland. Located in an 1895 General Store, our selves are filled with the bounty of the season, plus pots, containers, collectibles and great plants. Take a visual tour of the store, the outbuildings and our newest feathered friends. We specialize in garden design and installation plus a whole lot more….039038Willow chairs

030Our front porch and gardens are stocked with plants from sedums and succulents to terrariums……

Welcome to the potting shed!

Welcome to the potting shed!


Beautiful hydrangea standard trees in full bloom.

Beautiful hydrangea standard trees in full bloom.


 Meet our flock of silkies, bantams, wyndottes and red chicks!


We are located at 21501 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Rd., Hagerstown, Maryland. Open Monday through Saturday 10-4 and Sundays by appointment or chance.

Cast Iron Container Garden

cast iron urns


Cast Iron Container Gardening

Do you love the look of antique cast iron? It is perfect in the garden.  With a long tradition during the Victorian Era and in Europe cast iron flower pots have always been popular. Fitting in well with a traditional home and in the garden landscape these containers are highly prized. Today most pieces are imported and come in amazing array of sizes, shapes and colors. These new reproductions are made from original antique molds. We have a nice selection at The Antique Garden. These are guaranteed to rust! Take a look at some the styles available and stop on by our shop for this classic container. Check out these links from Pinterest for some ideas on filling these urns.

DSCN7583DSCN7586DSCN7587DSCN7588DSCN7589DSCN7590004johns camera 478

Collecting: Douglas Ferguson & Pigeon Forge Pottery



One of the best parts of collecting vintage collectibles and antiques is discovering a new great find. My general rule of thumb is to buy what I love or at least like a lot. While I’ve had my fair share of losers, I tend to bring home better picks these days, or so I’ve been told by my partner. For seasoned collectors and novice beginners my advice is the same, pick what is aesthetically pleasing to you. From early primitives to high-end English and French furniture, there is something for everyone, and that is the fun of the hunt. I personally love to frequent the local antique malls, garage sales, thrift shops and an occasional auction. I lean toward the American collectibles from primitives to pottery and being in the Mid-Atlantic state of Maryland there are some pretty good pickings. On my last outing looking for spring inventory for our shop The Antique Garden, I visited a nearby Pennsylvania antiques mall.  036 I came across this unique piece of pottery by Douglas Ferguson. Pottery can be difficult to identify because there are often so many abstract markings on the bottom. I liked this pottery bowl the moment I saw it and although I almost put it down, it weighed almost 6 pounds, I put it on the sales counter and brought it home. I liked the unique  “crater” glaze, large 12” diameter and 3 ½” depth and thought it might be perfect to hold some of my plants. Plus it was signed with a distinct signature that I could read easily, Douglas Ferguson. 041As so often is the way, I googled the name when I got home and was pleasantly surprised that it was indeed crafted by a notable artist from North Carolina and later the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. In fact this signed piece was created in the mid-century and had all the markings of a modern era collectible. 046Ferguson created The Pigeon Forge Pottery Company in the 1940’s that existed until his death in the late 1990’s. I remember that beautiful area of east Tennessee when I took my family on an outing to the Smokey Mountains a few years back. 015It’s great to learn about new artists, their history, and save a vintage find for future generations.   This piece is being offered for auction on eBay  this week, if you are interested.   What do you collect, we’d love to know?! Happy picking, Jenn  from The Antique Garden

To learn more about Pigeon Forge Pottery and founder Douglas Ferguson be sure to visit this link


Collecting Farmhouse Primitives

tea pot 042


I don’t know why exactly, but I love primitives. Grungy is good, the older the better. Use marks, rusty gold, cast iron and farmyard finds are just what I am drawn to! Plus, most primitives are affordable and sometimes a steal at flea markets, yard sales, thrift stores and even antique malls. If I had to categorize this lot, I would call this collection farmhouse kitchen primitives. Someone else must like them too, because most of these items have sold, usually within a week or two of me finding them! More visuals from my 2012 files as we wind down the year and look forward to a promising 2013!

Woodenware mortar and pestle, I always buy these when I spot them at a sale. Totally usable for crushing herbs and peppercorns.

I like old crocks, this brown and tan, has some age. Always check for cracks and chips which brings the value down.

I found this old wood measure at the Goodwill for a couple bucks! SOLD!!!

I am attracted to outsider, tramp art and prison art. This is a matchstick cross. Most are a bargain, purchase if it is in good condition, with little breakage as the matches can be brittle. Usually found in shops for under $5.00 they resell for about $20.00.

Always, always, always  buy your baskets at  yardsales.  Prices range from 25 cents to a few bucks.  Look for handwoven “buttocks” baskets.

Used cutting boards, look great displayed in a country kitchen.

Serving tray with great lines, found at the Salvation Army.

Early candle box

Eldreth pottery cat, while not old, the salt glaze gives it that primitive feel and I love the cobalt blue.

With colorful graphics, this is an original early can of tomatoes with removable lid.

Old beat up galvanized watering pail may not be water tight, but is perfect for dried flowers.

Old kitchen scales-one green and an amazing orange scale.









Wood spoons, used of course!

Early Asian Rice Measure

I love enamel ware and buy it whenever the price is right. Perfect for many uses. I predict the value will go up as supply of the vintage pieces decline.

Handmade farm wheelbarrow

Metalware teapots-I found this lot of 6 matching pieces.

Toleware -look for hand painting, good design, and not too many scratches.

Kitchen brooms-this one has a witchy twisted handle

Yup, I bought this lot of pitchfork tines and sold them as folk art. What are some of your primitive collections?  Drop us a line at we’d love to hear from you! Jenn at The Antique Garden.

Spring 2012 at The Antique Garden

spring2012 002

Here are some new photos from April 2012 at our old 1895  general store, The Antique Garden.  New this year is this wonderful urn fountain and the hanging sedum garden on our shed. 

The old kitchen sink has sprouted up again with pansies and Creeping Jenny.

Notice below, the birds have decided to nest in this garden statuary!

The perennial sedum garden was created by using a vintage wood framed window and planted with various native plants.

The pond is looking lush and the fish are very happy with the warm weather. Here is our dog Dixie mugging  for the camera.

This dwarf pine tree is winter hearty and grows only about 1″ or so a year, making it perfect for your rock garden.

We offer a variety of garden plants, vegetables, installation & design, floral services and a unique assortment of collectibles. With home canned fresh pesticide-free local delicacies in season. The Antique Garden, Inc. is located in the square of Leitersburg, Maryland. We are a small company that offers our customers  personal, professional and friendly service. 

















Happy 2012 at The Antique Garden

We have been busy during 2012 gathering up some new finds and clearing out our holiday merchandise at great savings.  Take a look at a few of our items this week, both old and new.  The weather is cold so stay inside and shop, share and check out some ideas for home and garden. 

 My latest craze is gathering up photos to share on the site Pinterest. It is fun and is like a giant bulletin board of creative ideas that is free and open to anyone who sets up an account. So while the weather is freezing outside you can collect images of that dream garden and water feature you’ve been planning for next summer.

We have been cooking up a storm in the kitchen.  From Asian, Cajun and todays foray into German cuisine, it is always fun to try different ethnic foods to liven things up. Let’s see we will have the Bratwurst and sauerkraut with potato pancakes….Check out my board on Pinterest, Last Meal Game also referred to as Foods to die for, this is a foodies dream!

Happy New Year everyone, may it be healthy, happy and prosperous for all.

The Antique Garden Celebrates Christmas

holidays 049


// ]]>We have been decking the halls with boughs of holly….and boxwood, magnolia and whatever else we can get our hands on.  Our very favorite is Winterberry, with its wonderful red berries.

The Antique Garden will be open, through the holidays from 11 am to 5 pm.  Our 1895, or so, old General Store is in the square of Leitersburg, Maryland, just about 7 miles north of Hagerstown and an hours drive from D.C., Baltimore or Harrisburg, PA.  We have a natural aesthetic and love fresh arrangements of mixed greens.  We also enjoy growing and preserving our own natural, organic vegetables and local fruit, fresh from the farms of Washington County.

Try out a different type of wreath this year.  We have several red cockscomb wreaths available, made locally of fresh dried flowers that were grown without pesticides. 

Our harvest table is filled with gift baskets that we made using canned jams, relishes and preserves, that is sure to please even the most finicky on your list.                                                                    

We have a large array of gifts from candles, ornaments, primitives and antiques, including a 18th Century French Petrin cabinet.

Stop by and check out our old country store and gardens, you’ll be happy you made the trip!  The Antique Garden is located at 21501 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road, Hagerstown, Maryland  21742

Custom arrangements, urns and container gardening are a few of our many services offered.  You can contact us at

December at The Antique Garden

Belsnickler ornament is so prim!

Belsnickel ornament is so prim!

We have been  super busy preparing for the holidays. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas there always seems too little time to get everything accomplished.  We completed the Kris Kringle Craft Show in Hagerstown, hosted Thanksgiving for my family, decorated and stocked  The Antique Garden shop for Christmas, as John and I continue to work at our other jobs, John with his landscape and container business, and me winding down the semester at school.

We plan on opening the old general store, starting on Friday December 9th through the 21st.  We have lots of great gifts, decorations, primitives, fresh holiday arrangements and food gift baskets, featuring our homemade jams, relishes and preserves.  Here is a link to my Ebay store with a glimpse of some of the ideas we are offering this month.  Hope to see you at our shop, in person, or online! Happy holidays from all of us at The Antique Garden.

Snowmen ornaments by artist Johanna Parker for Primitives by Kathy

Dixie is sporting her Christmas coat!

New Items on Sale at Antique Garden Home

store 035

Here is a link to our Ebay store and some of the items available this week.  We are constantly adding great new finds, from this antique 19th Century quilt, to brand new Christmas ornaments from The Primitives By Kathy shop.  Check it out and we’ll pack it up and ship to you promptly.