Five stars for Hartley Botanic at Tatton Park showcasing drought-tolerant plants

AN eye-catching tradestand at Tatton Park by Hartley Botanic showcasing drought-tolerant plants has earned the Greenfield manufacturer five stars and an award for exhibiting there for 20 years.

The tradestand, designed by Tom Hearn of Base Squared, features four handmade greenhouses and the plants ‘as under glass’ plant collections to reflect the UK’s changing climate.

It demonstrates how modern plant tastes and greenhouse usage is changing as gardeners increasingly enjoy more al fresco lifestyles and face blistering heatwaves during the summer.

Plants include architectural tropicals, hardy succulents and an exotic take on grow-your-own. The contemporary trend-led plantings are juxtaposed against a historical anniversary for Hartley Botanic, which this year will have been making its beautiful, handcrafted greenhouses and glasshouses for 80 years.

Their stand features four of the manufacturer’s handmade greenhouses and glasshouses: a modern Opus glasshouse, a Victorian Lodge, a traditional Grow and Store and a contemporary Hartley Planthouse.

The stand also features a special edition Hartley Botanic Patio Glasshouse in ‘ruby red’ to mark the manufacturer’s 80th anniversary.

The overall look is a contemporary one but also with a Victorian presence, with clean lines provided by light grey paving and green, leafy external plantings, interjected by deep, grey earthenware and glazed pots.

Tom Barry, Managing Director of Hartley Botanic, commented: “Hartley Botanic has always moved with the changing needs and tastes of its customers and we wanted to communicate this through the stand’s trend and climate-led plantings.

“This ability to respond to the times has also been a key factor in Hartley Botanic’s 80 trusted years, making the finest aluminium greenhouses money can buy.

“While we may be a historic British business, our products are constantly evolving and so is the way gardeners are using them.”

Thomas Hearn, Director at Base Squared, added: “The last few years has seen an incredible upsurge in demand for tropical-style plants which not only have a trendy look, they are also more able to flourish in the UK’s warming climate – and do especially well ‘under glass’.

“There is no doubt that climate change is influencing the choices of the UK’s gardeners and a stand with this theme felt particularly appropriate with the backdrop of our current heatwave.”

Founded in 1938 by brothers Vincent and Norman Hartley, Hartley Botanic is one of Britain’s oldest and most trusted greenhouse manufacturers.

Their drive and ambition to create the finest greenhouses money can buy is still central to the company’s ethos which still specialises in handmade, made-to-order horticultural buildings which truly stand the test of time.

Some of Hartley Botanic’s original structures are still standing and in full use, such as the Hartley Botanic greenhouse at Belgrave Hall, installed in 1950, and the glasshouse in Glasgow Botanical Gardens installed in 1988.

All Hartley Botanic’s greenhouses and glasshouses are handmade, bespoke and made to order. Find out more online: or call 01457 819 155.

Hartley Botanic is adding a regular ‘how to’ feature on its website to help you get the most out of your greenhouse or glasshouse throughout the year.

The ‘Greenhouse growing month by month’ feature will be published on 1st of every month on the site’s free magazine section:

Written by gardening expert, writer and commentator Matthew Biggs, it will feature tips, ideas and in-depth growing advice.

The guide will be live on Hartley Botanic’s website from July 19, 2018 and editions will then run on 1st of every month.

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