You might think that watering cans have always been around, but, until the 1800s, they were called watering pots, and were very cumbersome and awkward to use. The watering can was redesigned by John Haws, an Englishman and civil servant to Queen Victoria. Stationed in Mauritius, he tried to grow vanilla plants and found the watering pot’s handle to be lacking. He added an extra handle to the back of the device in order to make it easier to tip, christening his invention the watering can. This resulted in a more even flow of water from the can, which is beneficial when nurturing delicate plants. At M&S Plastics, we’ve taken a leaf out of John Haws’s book and designed our plastic watering cans to be light and easy to carry, making every day spent in the garden a pleasure rather than a chore.