At Play In The Fields

For many of us, summer means dusting off the outdoor games. If you're looking to upgrade that 1970's badminton kit or your great aunt's croquet set, here are some beautifully crafted games worth investing in.

1. Croquet This heirloom-quality Edenbridge croquet set from UK-based Jaques of London features mallets made from English sports ash and a pine box for storage. ($1,000; jaqueslondon.co.uk)

Garden Design - Badminton

2. Badminton Restoration Hardware's portable set features six feathered birdies, lightweight aluminum rackets, an easy-to-assemble nylon net, and a waterproof canvas bag, ideal for toting. ($99; restorationhardware.com)

Garden Desing - V:King

3. V:King A Vermont-made version of an ancient Scandinavian pastime. Handcrafted wooden shields are positioned and opponents toss their battle axes (hardwood blocks) to fell them without toppling the king. ($99; playvking.com)

This article was first published in Garden Design July/August 2011
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