By Joe Ellison
HARTLEY BOTANIC, a top greenhouse building company based in Greenfield, is celebrating after being rated 5-star at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.
Their stand achieved the top ranking yet again this year having also achieved it in 2014 and 2015 and winning the best tradestand award in 2014.
It follows news in February 2017 that Hartley Botanic had been named the RHS’s recommended supplier of aluminium greenhouses and glasshouses.
Their RHS Hampton Court Flower Show Tradestand showcased key elements of the design heritage of the 79-year-old manufacturer, inspired by Victorian engineering and homemade products.
The stand even included a vintage greenhouse built around 70 years ago that was still in working order and is an example of Hartley Botanic’s ambition to create greenhouses that last.
The historic greenhouse also marks Hartley Botanic’s new 30-year lifetime guarantee which covers both the structure and installation of its greenhouses and glasshouses.
The stall included a display of foliage and exotic-looking houseplants such as orchids, palms and airplants, which was again inspired by the Victorian passion for collecting exotic plants.
Tom Barry, Managing Director of Hartley Botanic commented: “We wanted our stand at RHS Hampton Court to communicate something of Hartley Botanic’s almost 80-year-old company pedigree.
“The engineering genius of its structures, inspired by the Victorians, and its enduring commitment to Vincent Hartley’s founding principles of the very finest craftsmanship
means the Lancashire business is still flourishing and growing.
“It also means that, in a throwaway age, Hartley Botanic’s greenhouses and glasshouses do
truly stand the test of time, allowing generations of families to enjoy the latest gardening
trends – whether exotic plant collecting or grow your own.”
The company was founded in 1938 by businessman and inventor Vincent Hartley following his ground-breaking aluminium greenhouse design – the first time aluminium was used in greenhouse construction.
Garden historian Twigs Way commented: “During the Victorian Era, greenhouses were used as a means to showcase and maintain an exotic plant collection.
“Orchids were extremely fashionable and hunters were sent out to bring back ‘the world in your greenhouse’.
“The focus was on the most tropical of plants and it was connected to status, especially as it was often wealthy individuals who recruited plant hunters to expand their collections.”
All of Hartley Botanic’s greenhouses and glasshouses are made specifically to order and customers interested in making a purchase should go online: Https://www.hartley-botanic.co.uk or call 01457819115 for more information.