"Hi! I'm Dave the co-owner of The Plant Workshop, married to a very tolerant Steve and our wonderful Springer Spaniel boys, Winston & Huxley. I'm sure many of you have seen our boys on social media when they're not sofa-surfing and watching telly!
The Plant Workshop started with my obsession around interiors, houseplants & home fragrance. I remember Steve saying "you could open a shop with all these plants!" as he wrestled up the stairs between my houseplants hanging down from the ceiling. I kept my plant-addiction quiet before we married. I literally couldn't go anywhere without coming home with more plants, learning to care for them and of course, having the occasional overwatering disaster which we won’t discuss any further!"
"A photographer by trade, I went onto study dietetics (totally unrelated, yes?) and once I finished my degree, I worked as an acute and community dietitian for a couple of years at The Friarage Hospital, Northallerton. Something just didn’t fit and it took a while to realise I needed a creative outlet. My manager at the time told me I was a ‘Square peg in a round hole’ - one of these days, I’ll thank her!
There came a time when this burning desire had me moving back into a more creative role...and (with lots of worry, self-doubt, questioning etc etc) The Plant Workshop was born..."
"In addition to our houseplants, we're incredibly proud of Steve's home fragrance range which is entirely formulated in our Teesside studio. We're both lovers of candles and have spent more than our fair share on disappointing and lacklustre candles. From tunnelling to smoking and candles that don’t scent the room - not to mention those which leave so much wax on the sides of the jar! What a waste…
Steve started creating candles to prove that luxury fragrance matched with high-quality ingredients can be achieved for a fair price, without compromising on performance or quality. They also needed to pass the most demanding of tests - to satisfy us in our own home! From the initial testing of formulas, labelling and packaging, we manage everything in-house in Teesside.
With the success and cult-following of our signature candles, it seemed a natural progression to develop our home fragrance range to include reed diffusers and a luxury hand & body wash. Shop the range here.”
"We’re so thankful for the support you’ve shown The Plant Workshop and grateful to continue doing what we love. Who’d have thought we’d win Gold at The Chelsea Flower Show, open a store in Fenwick, Newcastle and create a home fragrance range to share with you all? We’re excited to see what the future holds for The Plant Workshop…
So here’s to you, our wonderful customers and brilliant team, making The Plant Workshop the best it can be...
Dave, Steve & the team"