Greenfield based English greenhouse and glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic to exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Hartley Botanic

This year, Greenfield based English greenhouse and glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic will be enveloping visitors to its RHS Chelsea tradestand in tranquility and relaxation, with a stylish stand themed around Calm & Wellbeing. The stand will feature three enviable Hartley Botanic Greenhouses, all in complimentary and elegant tones of bronze and grey nestled amongst a naturalised planting scheme which will focus on form and texture. Landscaping and styling has a neutral and minimalist look, bringing together a calming feel with a chic, luxury aesthetic. The stand has been built and planted by Stewart Landscape Construction with design and styling by Llevelo Garden Design.

The three large, handmade Hartley Botanic structures to be shown include; a Victorian Lodge (with two additional single gable end doors) in manganese, a Magnum Opus in bronze and a NEW six pane glass-to-ground Hartley Wisley 8 Grow and Store in a bespoke olive grey with 2 extra panes at the rear, accommodating a useful, hidden storage area. Contemporary porcelain flooring will be combined with handmade clay pavers to provide a subtle textural contrast and have been designed to sit harmoniously within the Greenhouses.

The ‘Calm and Wellbeing’ tradestand has been designed to show how Hartley Botanic’s elegant structures can offer a calming sanctuary for gardeners and non-gardeners alike. Furniture is minimal to create a light, airy feel and beautiful dressing elements, such as modern chairs and sculptural pieces have been carefully curated to exude order and tranquility, rather than clutter.

The Greenhouses have a synergistic bronze and grey colour pallete which, combined with the tranquil neutrals of the hard and soft landscaping and dressing, is calming and provides a stylish, minimalist look. Plantings on the stand are primarily in shades of green, a peaceful colour and the only one which our eyes don’t have to adjust to see. The Magnum Opus Glasshouse will be surrounded by soft planting and gentle classical music inside the structures will provide a relaxing soundtrack as visitors walk around the stand.

Tom Barry, CEO of Hartley Botanic said; “Excellent design always combines both form and function, and we wanted our tradestand to showcase both the emotional benefit of owning one of our Greenhouses, and their unparalleled beauty and style when in the right context. A feeling of space was important to achieve on the tradestand, so the planting could have a greater presence – to demonstrate how our wonderful Greenhouses might look within customers’ gardens. But most importantly, we want visitors to have an emotional response. To feel calm, relaxed and to realise how a garden with a wellness focus can deliver this with style.”

Hartley Botanic was founded in 1938 by brothers Vincent (RHS fellow) and Norman Hartley following their ground-breaking aluminium Greenhouse design, the first time (to our knowledge) aluminium had been used in Greenhouse construction and marking a huge improvement on its wood and wrought iron Victorian forerunners. The English manufacturer is an authority on Greenhouse design and use over the decades, having been making its beautiful and elegant handmade, made-to-order horticultural buildings for over 84 years from its original factory at the base of the dramatic Pennines’ Chew Valley in Greenfield, Lancashire. It has become synonymous for crafting the finest Greenhouses money can buy through the very highest standards of hard-won experience, craftsmanship and service. A hugely respected brand within the horticultural world, it is the manufacturer of choice for leading organisations, institutions and designers with Hartley Botanic structures commissioned by the RHS, the National Trust, Kew Gardens, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Oxford Botanical Gardens, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Blenheim Palace, The Lingholm Estate and Hampton Court Palace…to name a few. Its entire product range is endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society.

All Hartley Botanic’s Glasshouses and Greenhouses are handmade, bespoke and made to order. Customers interested in purchasing a Hartley Botanic Greenhouse should visit: or call 01457 819 155 for more information.

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