GREENHOUSE GARDENING NOSTALGIA

Hartley Botanic, the RHS’ recommended aluminium greenhouse and glasshouse supplier, was  awarded a 5 star tradestand award for its exhibit at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

The Lancashire manufacturer and its design partner, landscape and garden maintenance company Base Squared, battled the elements to create a stand which delivers a comforting dose of greenhouse gardening nostalgia.

The stand featured  five  of Hartley Botanic’s  handmade greenhouses and glasshouses (including a vintage structure from the 1950s) planted with key, historic greenhouse gardening themes including timeless ‘grow your own’ and Victorian plant collecting, all unified with a classic English cottage garden feel. The award follows Hartley Botanic’s 5 star tradestand award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show last week.

 Timeless ‘Grow Your Own’

A white Hartley Botanic Victorian Villa glasshouse with external cold frames is rammed full of different types of edible plants including tomatoes, salad leaves, peas, broad beans, cucumbers, peppers, chillies as well as citrus fruits.

Victorian plant collecting

A Hartley Planthouse and Grange greenhouse both evoke the golden age of plant hunting, filled with the dramatic and exotic species which would have been top of the list for Victorian plant collectors. The white Planthouse is styled as a tropical, Victorian hot house with a focus on fresh green and variegated plants which include palms, acer, fatsia and japonica.

Traditional, English cottage garden external plantings

Each of the greenhouses on show sit within plantings reminiscent of a traditional, English cottage garden in sympathy to the look and style of Chatsworth House. Relaxed, country-style plants combine with locally sourced stones in colour tones sympathetic with the house itself.

 Hartley Botanic’s Grow & Store

As well as its 3 themed greenhouses and historic structure, the Hartley Botanic tradestand also featured its practical Grow & Store greenhouse model – a compact horticultural structure perfect for smaller gardens with a versatile storage shed.

Tom Barry, Managing Director of Hartley Botanic told The Landscaper,  “We are thrilled about our second 5 star tradestand award this year.  As well as making their gardening dreams a practical reality, owning a Hartley Botanic greenhouse or glasshouse adds a real, nostalgic warmth to our customers’ lives. Customers often remember enjoying a greenhouse or glasshouse with their parents or grandparents, and as the longevity of our 1950s model shows, they will likely be able to pass this down to their own children or grandchildren. Our greenhouses, particularly those in the more classic styles, also remind some customers of a romantic, bygone era when gardening was an even greater part of everyday living and perhaps more treasured as a pastime. There is a palpable charm about owning a greenhouse or glasshouse and we wanted to capitalise on this through our nostalgic stand.”

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