Plant Belles Summer Closure 9th July 2017 June 23, 2017 13:15
As per usual, after a wonderfully busy Spring (increased demand on 2016), we have nearly sold out of all our handmade products.
Despite all our forward planning, we have found ourselves (post Chelsea) making items to order, therefore Belles arriving to customers un-weathered, with the just made silver steel finish. This we prefer not to do, so the time has come to down tools, sellotape and packing materials. We need to take time out to rest, recover, take stock and to begin making stock for Christmas & next Spring.
We will be closing during July & August. Online mail orders closing Sunday 9th of July. The Plant Belles office closes earlier, on the 5th of July. September opening dates to be confirmed.
Watch this space...
Back from Chelsea 2017, to a backlog of orders - Fantastic but frantic! May 29, 2017 14:08
On our return from Chelsea we find ourselves with no time to rest, due to the fantastic number of orders made at the show and online. Due to a bumper Spring season (pre. Chelsea) we are now making many of our designs to order. So please bear with us whilst we make and send orders as fast as we can. Expect a 2 - 3 week delay! Apologies for the inconvenience.
We had a great show, the weather was perfect (shaded by a huge tree to keep cool). I wore George Belle and Alex wore his new, very practical, rust coloured canvas trousers and got mistaken for Monty Don! (he was not flattered, due to the age gap!). We proudly received another RHS gold star award for our display in Ranelagh Gardens, at Chelsea Flower Show this year. See here with Fillijonk, who is pleased to see us home. I will post pictures of Chelsea, as soon as we find time between making and packing orders.
May deliveries explained May 03, 2017 12:06
Due to our attendance at (and preparations for) the RHS Malvern Spring Festival (May 11th - 14th), and Chelsea Flower Show (May 23rd - 27th), we will be unable to pack and send parcels for MOST of May!
The whole of our small team, will be busy creating our (hopefully) award winning display gardens and manning the stands at both shows, all hands on deck. Both deliveries and communications will be limited.
Therefore, we will be collecting orders, but not sending deliveries out until Tuesday the 29th of May. The online shop will be open for you to make orders, and you should receive notification of the delays. However, the sooner you order, the sooner your parcels will be packed and sent from the mail order list.
PLEASE NOTE: The back log of orders can become quite enormous and many items will need to be 'MADE TO ORDER' after Chelsea Flower Show. So expect additional delays to your delivery, if ordered later in May, or if items are listed at made to order. Items MADE TO ORDER arrive silver in colour, transforming to the full and lovely natural rust color in your garden over time, getting better and better with age!
Please also know that we will be doing are utmost to fulfill orders as soon as possible. Huge apologies for any inconvenience this will cause during the growing season!
We look forward to helping you on our return
Jenny, Alex & Team
2017 Shows List update April 24, 2017 11:00
Only 2 shows to go...
RHS Malvern Spring Garden Festival is our next show, hope to see you there (details below).
So far we have been luck with the weather, no flip flop shows but also no washouts! Fingers crossed for Malvern & Chelsea.
May 23rd - 27th 2017 - RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London.
2017 Easter Holiday March 31, 2017 09:04
We are off on a wee holiday to the snow, a special BIG birthday treat for the chief Plant Belle maker.
We will be unable to pack and send orders from the 1st -10th of April this year. You can still make orders, which will be sent on a first ordered - first sent basis, week commencing Monday 10th April 2017.
Please note: During this time we will be reviewing some of our mail order prices, due to cost and delivery increases imposed upon us! But our show prices should not be effected.
Happy Easter, Jenny & Alex.
2017 Shows List - Happy New Year January 09, 2017 13:53
Happy New year from Plant Belles. Whats Happening this new year?
We have a choice selection of shows to attend the year, some new and some old favorites. We will be back at Malvern this Spring (memories of our first ever show, back in 2009), and back at Chelsea (always very exciting and exhausting). New for 2017 will be Loseley Park, Nr Guildford (instead of Wisley) and we will be hobnobbing with the garden design royalty at the Gardens Illustrated festival in the Cotswolds (First show this year, March 25th).
Have a look at the list & links below, hope to see you there. Best wishes for 2017, J & A.
March 25th - 26th 2017 - Gardens Illustrated Festival, Westonbirt School, Tetbury, Cotswolds
More Plant Belles off to America November 28, 2016 10:51
Our second shipment of Plant Belles has left for America, on a container ship, heading West for the US.
Assuming the container arrives safely (no pirates or icebergs), the Belles will be available in Spring 2017, from the Detroit Garden Works, Sylvan Lake, Michigan. Very proud.
Cheslea Flower Show 2017 November 17, 2016 15:11
Great news! We have been offered a place at Chelsea Flower Show again next year. It is always a nail-biting time, waiting to hear if we have been selected. Hopefully our growing bag of 'Gold Star Awards' have helped our cause!
See 2017 show list for more details...
RHS Hampton Court Flower Show & Wisley Flower Show July 09, 2016 16:41
The Barrel Top Wagon 'Chelsea Hut' was also admired by many...
Images of our award winning stand at Hampton Court, taken by Nicolas Hodgson Photography.
NEXT SHOW: You can find us at RHS Wisley Flower Show, from September 6th - 11th. PLEASE NOTE: Whilst at the show we will be unable to send out deliveries, but orders can be made via the online shop. Post show we will fulfill orders on a 'first order - first sent' basis. Please be patient as we may also have to make special items to order!
Alex has been busy, busy making, but still we sometimes run out!
2016 Shows List update April 29, 2016 09:30
PLEASE NOTE: We will not be attending the Malvern RHS Spring Garden Festival this year due to major building work deadlines at Plant Belles HQ. Sorry for any inconvenience. Mail order is available all through Spring/early Summer.
The best way to see Plant Belles and to enjoy our 'Special Show Offers' is by visiting us at one of these 2016 gardening events. PLEASE NOTE whilst at the Gardening shows, mail order deliveries can be delayed.
Spring delivery back-log April 26, 2016 14:44
Your delivery may be delayed, in most cases only by a few days. Once your order is packed we will send you an update and you should receive your delivery (working) 2 - 5 days after that.
Every year, when the fresh Spring growth appears, we experience a huge increase in orders. The two of us are working our socks off, to pack and send orders a quickly as possible. Apologies for the inconvenience this may cause you and your garden!
Occasionally we also run out of stock (despite attempting to be prepared), so need to stop packing for a few hours to make some things.
The situation can be made worst by our annual appearance at some of the great gardening events around the country, things can get a bit backlogged.
Please be patient with us, we will endeavor to keep you informed of progress.
Delivery increases from March 1st 2016 February 29, 2016 00:00
We are very disappointed to have to introduce new increased charges for our shipping from the 1st of March 2016. It seems that the logistics industry is imposing new changes and charges for larger/lighter parcels. All Plant Belle parcels will now need to be packed smaller, with reduced maximum size boxes/dimensions and new increased costs.
We have worked hard to pass on the new charges and the reduced parcel sizes in as reasonable a way as possible. By introducing optimum parcel suggestions across the website, we have attempted to combine packages and deals which offer best delivery value. See our best offers on the Gifts & Offers page.
Details are now available on the product pages and the 'Shipping info' page. We hope these changes will not deter you from making an order with us, but if you find the prices unacceptable you can still enjoy our show prices by finding us at a gardening event near you. See our shows list for details.
CHRISTMAS DELIVERIES order deadline November 23, 2015 10:37
Orders placed up until midnight on Sunday 20th of December, will be packed and sent on Monday/Tuesday, for last minute delivery before Xmas (assuming no courier issues!).
To avoid disappointment and worry, don't leave it that late if possible. All couriers can struggle with volumes of parcels around this time, so NO GUARANTEES can be made by Plant Belles or APC (our 3rd party courier service) that orders made after the 16th of December will arrive in time!
Check out our Christmas gift ideas & offers. Merry Christmas from Jenny & Alex
From Chelsea to Tatton Flower Show 2015 October 14, 2015 11:43
2015 Chelsea Flower Show was a great success, despite breaking down at the gates of the show, followed by a few days of chaos to recover from the catastrophe, we managed to achieve another 3 star award to add to our collection! (see pictures of Plant Belles at Chelsea Flower Show).
The mayhem did not ease up after Chelsea with an unprecedented number of orders rolling in over the following weeks. We were forced to close the online shop to catch up and replenishing our stock, in time for the next big show.
We just got ready for our first RHS Show at Tatton Park, which turned out to be just as momentous, as our Plant Belle garden display (which took us days to build) achieved a rare '4 star' award for our efforts...very proud, had a few Pimms! ...
Plant Belles and Kew Royal Botanic Gardens September 07, 2015 10:29
You may have seen Plant Belles for sale at Kew Gardens and at Wakehurst Place over the years. This month you have a rare chance to join us at 'Bountiful Botanics' a great Kew event, held at Wakehurst Place on the 26th & 27th of September.
Wakehurst features natural woodland and lakes, formal gardens, an Elizabethan house and the exciting 21st-century architecture of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank.
The 'Bountiful Botanics' event claims to be a weekend of family-friendly gardening fun. We will be setting up our stall to display the full range of Plant Belle designs. We have been busy beavering away to bring even the elusive George Belles & Belle Towers. Full details of the event and all its activities & tours etc. on the Kew website. I hope you can join us.
Plant Belles at Chelsea 2015 (Part 2 - the show must go on!) August 01, 2015 12:52
Chelsea Flower Show 2015 proved to be another memorable event for Plant Belles, but this time for all the wrong reasons...
It has taken a while to write this, as it has taken a while to recover!. We broke down in spectacular style - at the gates to the Chelsea showground, only days before the show opens (ready or not). A catastrophic clutch failure meant we were turned away with our first load, our wizzy new Chelsea hut centerpiece to build (made by Barrel Top Wagons), lots of plant supports and plants.
After a lot of ciaos, a hired van, 2 trips to Devon and back, 2 London garages, and a little help from some helping hands, we managed to put on our 2015 'bigger' display and launch our new trellis design the Climbing Squares, all in the nick of time. We even managed to scoop our second 3 star display award - if only they knew...
Despite the mayhem of setting up and the long days, we love it!
Read more in the Devon Life Magazine, Devon at Chelsea article, June Issue.
The Grande Finale, RHS Tatton Show and then closed, opening again 7th September June 29, 2015 10:12
Find us at Tatton Park from the 22nd July - 26th. Following the show we will be taking the rest of the School Holidays off, to spend some precious time with our kids and to catch up on ourselves, after a very busy season.
We will be resuming limited Autumn mail order deliveries from the 7th of September to the end of November, before closing for our annual production period through the Winter months, making, making, making for Spring 2016.
Plant Belles at Chelsea 2015 (Part 1 - show preparations) March 17, 2015 10:43
Very excited about our presence at Chelsea Flower Show this year, we are working in collaboration with 'Barrel Top Wagon's' to create an exciting new structure which will be the centerpiece to our display, still at the drawing board but looking lovely.
Barrel Top Wagons are not only handcrafting beautiful timber garden/living space structures, using traditional techniques, ethically sources timber, etc. but they have a fine eye for design and detail. CURVES & CIRCLES, we love curves (and scrolls) so their work is hugely complimentary to the Plant Belles ethos. But the best is...they are just down the road, based Near North Tawton. We are not alone here in outback Mid Devon.
The structure will give us an opportunity to display one of our new 2105 designs - 'Plant Trellis Panels'. All will be revealed in good time. Here is a sneak preview of our structure...
Look at that lovely double curved roof. I really want a round window in the end, but not sure if the budget will stretch!
Read more in the Devon Life Magazine, Devon at Chelsea article, June Issue.
Watch this space for further developments... See last years award winning display photo gallery.
Alex's modelling career March 04, 2015 14:19
Alex has made it into the pages of The English Garden, modelling his 4ft Tunnel prototype (all very last year!). With no hair and makeup team he supports the rural Devon look, which will soon be in 'vogue'. See magazine pages here.
The hot news is that we have a new design up our sleeves to a Launch at Chelsea Flower Show 2015, watch this space...
Belle Tower as seen on BBC2 'Great British Garden Revival' January 06, 2015 20:22
Joe Swift interviews Clematis enthusiast, and Belle Tower owner, Elaine Coakes, University lecturer, feature in her London garden. Footage can be found on iplayer, broadcast on 6th Jan at 7pm.
New prices for 2015 from February 1st January 02, 2015 00:00
Please note that for 2015 we have found it necessary to review of mail order prices.
We have tried very hard to keep our prices as reasonable as possible, buying direct from the maker you are making significant savings, our retail stockists have massive overheads and staffing costs to cover. However, due to increasing costs to make, sell and deliver our Plant Belle designs, we have decided we must change our prices to reflect the inflating costs.
On the 1st of February the price rises will apply. Any orders made before midnight on the last day of March will enjoy the 2014 prices.
Back to the work benches! June 17, 2014 23:02
PLEASE NOTE: Due to a very busy Spring, and despite making lots of extra stock this Winter, we have already 'sold out' of many designs. Once we have fulfilled all the Chelsea Flower Show orders, we will be heading back to the work benches. Orders and deliveries will be limited for the month of July, before we shut down for our annual holiday in the month of August.
Any orders made after the 17th of July can not be fulfilled until after the Wisley Flower Show (8th September), then orders will be sent on a first-ordered-first-sent basis. Sorry for any inconvenience!
Blame it all on Chelsea! (see pictures of Plant Belles at Chelsea Flower Show).
Assembling the 4ft Plant Tunnel June 11, 2014 16:21
You will begin with 10 halves, firstly assemble two halves into one large hoop. You now have 5 hoops to begin spacing and placing to your desired length, before threading with canes to construct the full tunnel. Click here for availability.
If you blink very fast whilst looking at the pictures below, you can imagine Alex in a silent movie assembling the large tunnel!
Now you are ready to plant and cover, or coffee...
Plant Belles at Chelsea Flower Show 2014 June 02, 2014 11:23
"From my garden, to the RHS gardens, to the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show…”
Our ‘grow-thru’ plant supports and wirework for the garden have been seen in RHS and National Trust gardens for a few years, but never before at the Chelsea Flower Show. Our debut at this prestigious event was a great success, from a scary start, building our stand on a scrubby bank, we were shocked and very proud to receive a three star trade stand award for the outstanding display!
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