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Back May 31st May 11, 2020 08:22

UPDATE May 21st: We will be re-opening for mail orders again on May 31st, at the end of half term.

UPDATE May 11th: We have had to suspend all new mail orders for a week or two, whilst we clear a long list of orders to date. We are again struggling to pack enough orders in one day, to keep up with demand!

Back soon...

We are very grateful for all orders received during these uncertain times and hope to be back to our full offering again soon.

Below you will read our roller coaster journey through lockdown...

 

UPDATE 1st May: On Monday May 4th, we will be putting some more items back in stock. We have been so busy sending orders, that we have had little time to make new stock. Therefore, we have run out of ready made stock, so we need to begin making new batches. I will try and put a date on each item, as to when we hope to produce more and have them back in stock.  

UPDATE 24th April: Feeling a little more on top of the back log, hoping to begin taking orders again w/c 4th of May. Until then you can order our smaller items - Plant Tunnels, Plant Labels, Edging Hoops and Plant Crooks.

UPDATED 21st April: Due to an overwhelming number of orders received since reopening (April 10th), we find it necessary to temporarily suspend our mail order offering, just whilst we clear the back log of orders to date. We are struggling to pack enough orders in one day and the delivery network are struggling with the volume of parcels.

For a short period (1-2 weeks) most items will appear ‘sold out’. Smaller items are still available, but will not be delivered until the bulk of current orders are collected. We will be back to our full offering again soon.

UPDATED April 10th: After a short closure, we are now open again, for online mail orders only, as of 10th of April. We have scaled back to our original family team, enabling us to continue making, packing and sending orders, but at a slower pace!

UPDATED 3rd April: We now plan to open again on Friday April 10th. A little extension to get us through the Easter school holidays before we re-open for mail orders (changed from original plan of Monday 6th April).

On March 21st, we made the decision to temporarily suspend our mail order service, whilst we grappled childcare arrangements, in light of the recent developments in the fight against the Coronavirus. We are a small rural team at Plant Belles HQ and Easter holidays have always been a challenge (as this is historically our busiest period of the year). No school next week, means we are down to a skeleton team. By closing the online shop this weekend, we will be able to catch up on all current orders, whilst freezing new orders for a short period (estimated three weeks), until we put in place new plans for home schooling and reduced staff hours.

Our delivery network continues to operate as normal. Therefore, once we are confident we can resume our normal service, we will be keen to return to 'business as usual'.

We will be back soon

May gardens and gardening be a sanctuary for all, in these difficult times. We will be back making, packing and sending Plant Belle products for your gardens after this untimely Easter break. 

Whilst we are way, read some of our more positive blogs about our New workshop build and our recent commission for more Plant Belles at RHS Wisley. You can also follow our Instagram posts @plantbelles to for a glimpse behind the scenes at Plant Belles HQ, Devon, keeping you posted through ups and downs.


Shop open for mail order deliveries again April 10, 2020 09:37

After a short closure, we are now open again, for online mail orders only, as of 10th of April. We have scaled back to our original family team, enabling us to continue making, packing and sending orders, but at a slower pace!

In order to adapt to the changes required to beat the Coronavirus pandemic, we have also scaled back our offering slightly, you will notice some changes. Most significant is the suspension of sending 'Large' & 'X Large' items/parcels. All deliveries will be made by DHL, our most trusted provider. Find our more shipping details.

Communications will also be limited, as we are currently running with reduced staffing combined with home schooling duties. Therefore, we will NOT be available in the office all day. We will be manning the phones when possible and checking emails each day. Sorry for any inconvenience during this reduced service.

Please be patient with us!

Plant Belles available by mail order

More about our short closure due to the Coronavirus outbreak.


More Plant Belles off to America March 21, 2020 08:00

US update: Our Third shipment left us yesterday (March 20, 2020), this time by air freight, amid the (Coronavirus) uncertainty of air transport restrictions to the US. Safe journey...

Our second shipment of Plant Belles left for America, on a container ship, heading West for the US, in Autumn of 2018.

Assuming the container arrives safely (no pirates or icebergs), the Belles will be available in Spring 2019, from the Detroit Garden WorksSylvan Lake, Michigan. Very proud.

Our first shipment arrived on US soil in 2016, after the a surreal meeting with the owner and buyer at DGW. Rob arrived at Plant Belles HQ (in a old banger of a car), in outback Mid Devon, unannounced and very unexpected, on a UK buying road trip. The rest is history!


Update... Plant Belles in RHS Gardens March 5, 2020 14:30

2020 update - An army of 23 'Special' George Belles marched off to the RHS Wisley Gardens this week. Their job is to support a lovely collection of Peonies around for the edges of the woodland gardens. I hope to go and get pictures soon before the Belles are buried in a mass of foliage and colour. Good luck George.

RHS Wisley Belle commission

RHS Wisley Belle commission

2019 update - Easter weekend saw the delivery more Plant Belles for the RHS gardens.

Plant Belle delivery to RHS Wisley Gardens

Including the NEW 'Grande' Plant Belles, to both the RHS Wisley and Rosemoor gardens. The perfect testing ground for the new designs. The Belles will be put to the challenge by the garden teams, in advance of the BIG launch at Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

'Major Lawrence' Belle photographed in the Rose Garden at RHS Rosemoor.

2018 update - Wisley Gardens: Plant Belles are growing in numbers in the borders at RHS Wisley Gardens. Back in 2014 Wisley's curator Matthew Pottage and his team began using the Gertrude and Christopher Belles to support Peonies and Sedums along busy walkways, to keep the plants standing to attention, looking their best for the visitors. This year we delivered another batch of Plant Belle supports, with more requested for 2019!

Sidney Belle at RHS Rosemoor

2016 update - Belle Towers at Rosemoor Gardens: Plant Belles have been supporting plants in the gardens at RHS Rosemoor gardens since 2013. Since then the Belle collection has grown in size year on year. With a new commission this January, for 8 special Belle Towers installed into huge terracotta Whichford pottery pots for climbing roses in the 'Rose Garden' and 10 more George Belles installed later in the year.

2014 update - Plant Tunnels at Harrlow Carr:  We were very proud to supply Harlow Carr with a number of our large 4ft Tunnels to protect the planting in the kitchen gardens in North Yorkshire.

'Sidney' Belles photographed in the Hot Garden at RHS Rosemoor.

Rosemoor Gardens 2013. The Plant Belles team began working with the Rosemoor gardens curator, Jonathan Webster, to create an extraordinary display in the 'Hot Garden' (seen above). Jon and his team have installed over 100 ‘Plant Belle’ plant supports in the gardens nr Torrington, Devon. The belles, edging hoops, edging hurdles and plant crooks are designed to be both practical and beautiful, offering support to the plants and ornate interest for visitors all year round.

Plant Crooks at Rosemoor

You can also follow our Instagram posts @plantbelles to for a glimpse behind the scenes at Plant Belles HQ, Devon, keeping you posted on the highs and lows of team Plant Belles.

Original 2013 Plant Belles & RHS press release


Plant Belles workshop build February 25, 2020 10:51

It has been high time, for a bigger 'fit for purpose' welding workshop at Plant Belle HQ. After more than 10 years of welding in an old concrete box of a garage, the time had come to upgrade. 

Autumn 2019 - First to the drawing board

Plant Belles Workshop blueprints

November 6th 2019 - Demolition day

The old welding workshop / garage

November 2019 - Blank canvas

The old welding workshop / garage Blank canvas

December 2019 - Mud and flood

Building the foundations Building the foundations

January 2020 - Working day and night to finish the base

Sunset pointing brickwork

February 2020 - All hands on deck to assemble the frame

Assembling the frame Assembling the frame Assembling the frame

So far, despite the horrendous weather challenges, we are still on schedule to carry Alex (Chief Welder) across the threshold mid April.

You can also follow our Instagram posts @plantbelles to for a glimpse behind the scenes at Plant Belles HQ, Devon, keeping you posted on the changing seasons in Mid Devon.

 


Show dates and workshop build January 24, 2020 08:45

This year we are having a gap year from Chelsea, as we are building a mega new workshop which could cause a bit of disruption at Plant Belles HQ this Spring. Therefore, for this year only, we decided to relieve the pressure on the team (as Chelsea requires all hands on deck and some!) to focus on fulfilling mail orders, whilst fine tuning our new and more efficient making spaces.

All that said, we will still be exhibiting at RHS Malvern Spring Garden Festival in May, and later in the Year at RHS Wisley Flower Show in September:

May 7th - 10th 2020 - RHS Malvern Spring Festival, Three Counties Showground, Worchestershire

September 8th - 13th 2020 - RHS Wisley Flower Show, Wisley Gardens, Woking, Surrey

Hope to see you there...

Workshop news (See Plant Belles workshop build progress blog):

Plant Belles HQ

Oak frame arrives this week (Jan w/c 27th), after a few weather delays on groundwork's we hope to have the main frame and walls up by the end of February 2020. Roof covering in March. Moving in April (finger crossed!)


Last orders for Christmas Midnight December December 13, 2019 08:28

Time is running out for Christmas deliveries. December 17th is your last chance to order for a Christmas delivery. Last orders will be midnight on the Tuesday evening. Deliveries will begin again in the New Year.

The website is open for orders through Christmas period, but no parcels will be sent until after January 6th.

Plant Belle's Grande wreath ring, not seen here as, impressively decorated by Milla for Hayne, Devon. Gorgeous!


Plant Belles open water swimming team - 2019 update... October 30, 2019 16:06

When not making, selling, sending Plant Belles or gardening, we have been busy training for our Summer of open water swim adventures...

Beautiful & Useful @GardenMuseumLDN October 8, 2019 15:53

'Meet and buy from Britain's best designer-makers'. Plant Belles are very proud to be taking part in the Garden Museums next craft event, November 17th, London SE1.

Update... More Plant Belles for the National Trust July 19, 2019 11:45

The National Trust Garden at Knightshayes Court, Nr Tiverton, Devon, have introduced over 80 additional Plant Belle designs, to the wonderfully restored walled kitchen gardens.

The National Trust collaboration started back in 2008, with the former Head Gardener at Castle Drogo, Andrew Midgley. Together we created the 'George Belle'.


Showtime delays - still catching up! June 1, 2019 10:59

We are still catching up on a flood of show orders. Expect a few weeks delay whilst we make most items to order. We will do our best to get your order to you ASAP.

Plant Belles go 'Grande' - RHS Chelsea Product of the Year 2019 Finalists! April 17, 2019 10:49

Hot of the press...Plant Belles go 'Grande'.

Imagine a 'Grande' Sidney Belle. Well that is what we have imagined. We are currently developing an all NEW Grande Belle range, taller, wider and heavier steel than our original Plant Belle designs. To be unveiled & launched at Chelsea Flower Show 2019, to mark this, our 10th anniversary year of trading directly to the gardening public.


Plant Belles Shows List 2019 January 1, 2019 13:19

We are back at RHS Chelsea and Malvern again this year. But new for 2019 is the Coach House Plant Sale in the Cotswolds. Details below...

Coach House Plant Sale

March 8th 2019 - Cotswolds Specialist Plant Sale, The Coach House Garden, Ampney Crucis, nr. Cirencester, Gloucestershire (Only 10am - 1pm)

May 9th - 12th 2019 - RHS Malvern Spring Festival, Three Counties Showground, Worchestershire

May 21st - 25th 2019 - RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London

Hope to see you there...


More Plant Belles are heading across the pond! November 2, 2018 10:36

Our third shipment of Plant Belles heading West, on a container ship, for the US.

Assuming the container arrives safely (no pirates or icebergs), the Belles will be available before the end of 2018, from the Detroit Garden Works, Sylvan Lake, Michigan. Have a look at the great DGW Instagram posts.

Very proud to have been supplying Detroit Garden Works since 2015.


Things are beginning to get back to normal... June 14, 2018 21:07

... after working our socks off, making and sending the Malvern & Chelsea back log of orders, we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Despite now making all Plant Belle designs to order, we are now aiming to get your parcels sent the week after placing your orders.

At this time of year (post Spring rush and Chelsea Flower Show) most of our products are now 'made to order', so don't expect your order to arrive at our normal speed! Most items will therefore arrive 'silver' in colour, but will transform over time, to become a lovely even conker brown colour, with the help of mother nature. Plant Belle products get better and better with age.

Thank you for your patience!

Jenny & Alex


Christopher is back... April 21, 2018 10:12

Phew! Alex is making more Christopher Belles this weekend, we were running very low on stock, so I had to remove the Belle package deals from the website!

     

But he is coming back in time for show season, and so are the Package Deals.

Remember that as Christopher is 'Just-made' he will arrive silver in colour, put his straight out in the garden and he will change to a lovely even rust finish over time, with the help of mother nature.


Chelsea Flower Show 2018 dates January 8, 2018 11:27

We will be back to both the RHS Malvern Spring Gardening Festival and the Chelsea Flower Show this year. Dates & links below...

Hope to see you there. Best wishes for 2018, J & A.
May 10th - 13th 2018 - RHS Malvern Spring Festival, Three Counties Showground, Worcestershire.
May 22nd - 26th 2018 - RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London.
More may be announced...

Now Closed for Christmas Deliveries October 30, 2017 08:57

We will be open again in the New Year. You are welcome to make an order over Christmas and New Year, but delivery collections will not commence until Monday 8th January. Have a Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year, from Jenny & Alex.

From the 1st of November we will be offering a new range of Plant Belles offers and gift bundles.

    

We have a variety of new Plant Belles package combinations, we have introduced the Tall Swag Crooks as a value bundle and the 4 foot tunnel x 2 is still available. Read more on our 2017 Christmas offers page.

Please note that last orders for Christmas will be midday Sunday 17th of December.


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.

 


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.

March 25th - 26th 2017 - Gardens Illustrated Festival, Westonbirt School, Tetbury, Cotswolds
April 21st - 23rd 2017 - Loseley Park Spring Garden Show, Guildford, Surrey.
May 11th - 14th 2017 - RHS Malvern Spring Festival, Three Counties Showground, Worcestershire.

May 23rd - 27th 2017 - RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London.

Rest!


2017 Shows List - Happy New Year January 9, 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.

Find us at a gardening event 2017

March 25th - 26th 2017 - Gardens Illustrated Festival, Westonbirt School, Tetbury, Cotswolds
April 21st - 23rd 2017 - Loseley Park Spring Garden Show, Guildford, Surrey. (Not confirmed)
May 11th - 14th 2017 - RHS Malvern Spring Festival, Three Counties Showground, Worcestershire.
May 23rd - 27th 2017 - RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London.
More to be announced...

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 9, 2016 16:41

 

Another '4 gold star' award for our first display at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.

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.

February 16th - 17st 2016 - RHS London Early Spring Show, RHS Horticultural Halls, Westminster
April 21st - 24th 2016 - Harrogate Flower Show, Great Yorkshire Showground, North Yorkshire
July 5th - 10th 2016 - RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, East Molesey, Surrey (NOT CONFIRMED)
September 6th - 13th 2016 - RHS Wisley Flower Show, Woking, Surrey