April 2014 - Chelsea Flower Show 2014 ?????

 Customers are asking if we are going to Chelsea this year, as we really enjoyed it last year and were so proud of our certificate of commendation, for our garden.

I'm afraid we are not going this year, due to a beautiful new arrival in the family, who needs all our attention, however we wish all the exhibitors and gardeners a wonderful show and the best of luck and look forward to watching it all on television, we will miss the amazing experience. 

November 2013 - SBS Event 2013 'A Chance to meet Theo Paphitis'

We were delighted to win SBS (Small Business Sunday) in November 2012, and excited to attend the SBS winner's event this year at the ICC in Birmingham.

The event was hosted by the main sponsors Ryman Stationary owned by Theo Paphitis and it was a packed day of motivation and opportunities.

We began the day networking with a fabulous buffet, meeting lots of fellow SBS winners, a big shout out to the lovely @mrsLcards. We were then introduced to the new sponsors of SBS @DHL @ilaw @RAC Business @bartercard and then joined by the fantastic @TheoPaphitis, who talked through his own successes and took a full hour and a half of questions from SBS winners. Some great quotes from Theo:

'You have to punch above your weight and that's what SBS is all about'

'I'm Out, Standing still is going backwards, how do we give ourselves energy and continue to focus if we stand still'

'I've always been inspired by people's success, not jealous and wanted to do it myself'

'If you can find something your passionate about and make a living from it, it doesn't get any better than that'

'If you don't dream, it doesn't come true'

'It's a short leap from fantasy to reality'

We then had time to 'Ask the Experts' in the topics, finance, marketing, buying, E-commerce and Logistics.

To finish the day we were able to have a lovely photograph with the man himself, Theo Paphitis, proudly showing our certificate.

I would definitely recommend every small business to enter each week, in the hope to becoming an SBS winner, it opens a huge network of knowledge from other winners, and several opportunities for help and support and Theo Paphitis's commitment to small businesses is unquestionable.

It was a great day, and to find out more, check out

July 2013 - The Lady

It was great to receive an email from the lovely ladies from The Lady Magazine, asking if we would like to be included in the article '3 of the best', which features in the gardening section, it was titled 'Serious Stuff for Children', and we were happy to be placed at number 1.

May 2013 - Chelsea Centenary Flower Show 2013

We were over joyed to be awarded a certificate of commendation for our exhibition stand, a 1947 garden, complete with bomb damage wall, the year Chelsea returned after the war.

The show was amazing, and a huge success, we enjoyed every minute, even the day it rained, and were delighted to meet so many lovely people. Our Minibee was photographed as much as the show gardens and made people smile.

See our Chelsea Flower Show 2013 page, with our photos.

May 2013

Daily Telegraph Chelsea Flower Show 2013 Shopping Guide

Spade and Trowel (PLW10) is the first company to hand-craft traditional cedarwood greenhouses for children as well as adults, and its Minibee (£1,799 including delivery) comes in six colours. Imagine the hours that could be whiled away plotting, planting and dreaming.

April 2013

The Microbee

The Microbee looked great at our Spade and Trowel wedding! Official launch coming soon.

April 2013

House & Garden Magazine

Clare Foster wrote an article 'Small Wonder' in the section, Outside Interests about The Bumble. "If you're short of space but still long for a greenhouse, The Bumble from Spade and Trowel may be the answer."

January 2013

Plans are underway for our new greenhouse for weddings, watch this space!

28th November 2012

#SBS Winners

We are delighted to of been chosen as one of Theo Paphitis SBS winners, (Small Business Sunday). This is what we said:

We were so excited to see the retweet from Theo Paphitis and are thrilled to be associated with a leading business man, and to join the #sbs winners club, we are already gaining more followers, are communicating with other small businesses, and are looking forward to sharing and learning good practice & knowledge


25th November 2012

The Sunday Telegraph Life

It was lovely to hear from Francine Raymond to ask if we could be included in her article 'There's an art to gift giving' in the Sunday Telegraph Life. The Minibee featured under 'Presents for Budding Gardeners' and was chosen as one of the pictures for the article.

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November 2012

Gardens Illustrated

We appeared in gardens illustrated November issue, Christmas Wishes, under 'Gifts for Children'

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September 2012

Cheshire Food Festival

We exhibited at The Cheshire Food Festival, as Spade and Trowels first outing, and despite the rain enjoyed the day, with lots of young gardeners planting a 35 day turnip ready for Christmas.