ISSUE 58  |  On the Mountain

The Beauty of the Garden Cloche

February 07, 2013 8:30 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

Think of garden cloches as tiny portable greenhouses, designed to protect plants from the effects of wind, cold, and insects. As practical as they are attractive, glass-paned garden cloches are a common tool in the UK—and yet another reason for US gardeners to envy our overseas counterparts their well-stocked garden supply shops:

Above: A replica of a design used in the 18th and 19th centuries, a cast iron Victorian Style Garden Cloche has side pieces that fit together to form a base for the roof; it’s £109.99 from Crocus.

Above: A vintage Victorian Cloche and a Victorian Style Cloche are £130 and £120, respectively, from Warehams. For more garden cloche inspiration, see “Bamboo Cloches to Blanket Your Garden.”

Above: From Hibbitt of Oswestry, a variety of sizes and shapes of Lantern Cloche are available at prices from £40 to £950, depending on size. A Miniature Octagonal Cloche (R) is £40.

Above: A copper frame Kensington Garden Cloche is £143.99 from English Lamp Posts.

Wondering how to use cloches in the garden? To see them hard at work, see From Mist to Glory : Ben Pentreath’s Dorset Garden.

(N.B.: This is an update of a post originally published September 7, 2012.)