Founded on a rustic farm in North Brookfield, Massachusetts in 1988, New England Garden Ornaments was a strong influence in re-establishing ornamentation in American landscape design. The shop's idyllic location became a destination for people searching for beautiful, timeless, and weather-hardy pieces in their gardens. The farm setting created the perfect backdrop for the statuary, fountains, urns and antiques that were hand-selected and imported from England.
From its founding, NEGO focused on developing long-lasting relationships with small foundries, dry cast stone makers, and local artisans across England who used only the highest quality materials and craftsmanship. Over time, NEGO's collection grew to include American and English antique ornamentation, furniture, armillary sundials, custom-created fountains, statuary and antique architectural salvage items. Local stone carvers, metal workers and potters often showcased their wares at the North Brookfield farm during New England Garden Ornaments’ annual sculpture show.
In 2008, two long-time clients of NEGO, Kerry Preston and Gray Baldwin, assumed ownership of the business, eager to continue the work that Nancy and Humphrey had begun. With over 12 years of experience in utilizing ornaments in her garden design business, Preston's focus centered on growing the relationships with the foundries and stone manufacturers across the U.K. and America. Baldwin's extensive business background and love of antiques found her at auctions and salvage yards in England and across the country restocking the company's antiques and architectural elements.
After 20 years on the farm in North Brookfield, NEGO moved to a new location in Sudbury, MA in 2009. Two hundred pallets and 24 truckloads of antiques and ornaments made their way across the state to be closer to wholesale nurseries, landscape design firms and major highways. The new NEGO in Sudbury has quickly established itself as the “go to” place for ornaments, both antique and fine modern reproductions. Containers of statuary, animalier, armillary sundials, urns, pedestals, fountains in English lead and cast stone are frequently arriving from the U.K. We have also introduced some modern elements to complement the traditional and antique ornaments in the new location. The design staff is continually creating distinctive water features and vignettes in the showroom, utilizing the unique mixture of antiques, reproduction and salvage.Our new website showcases many of our 1,500 pieces in inventory while the New England Garden Ornaments Facebook page features new design creations and inspirations. We are constantly sourcing new items, so please check back often. We offer design, consultation and installation of our pieces as well as delivery — across the street and around the world! Contact us to see how easy it is to add a beautiful ornament to your garden.
NEGO has reproduced and supplied garden pieces for the Trustees of Reservations, the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, the Preservation Society of Newport and Tower Hill Botanic Garden. NEGO also has presented lectures on the history, the romance and the use of garden ornaments to the Ellis Memorial Antiques Show, The Arnold Arboretum Case Estates, The Roche-Duff Museum, Tower Hill Botanic Garden and numerous garden clubs throughout New England.