At 200 square metres, Greenfield-based Hartley Botanic’s trade stand at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be one of the largest and most ambitious in its category.
The stand has been designed by Longview Design and will be built by The Outdoor Room with plants sourced by Burford Garden Company.
It will feature five unique handmade greenhouses and glasshouses with showgarden-worthy planting to demonstrate the huge variety of ways Hartley Botanic greenhouses can be enjoyed by the modern gardener.
From a bronze Opus glasshouse filled entirely with rare orchids to a white Grange glasshouse dedicated to traditional fruit and vegetable growing, the plant themes of each greenhouse will be as individual as its design.
Hartley Botanic’s Victorian Grand Lodge will be the largest glasshouse featured on the stand and will be dressed with architectural tropical and subtropical species as a nod to Victorian plant collectors.
Airplants, palms, bananas and the exotic Gloriosa vine will compliment the lodge’s beautiful proportions and Stephanotis will provide a wonderful scent.
For those passionate about ‘grow your own,’ and perhaps spurred-on by recent supermarket food shortages, the stand will also feature Hartley Botanic’s Grow & Store greenhouse.
The stand itself will feature exotic and hardy plants from around the world which will add beautiful texture as well as help lead visitors around the exhibit.
Longview Design and The Outdoor Room were chosen by Hartley Botanic to design and build the stand because of their RHS Chelsea credentials, having created award-winning show gardens for the last 10 years.
Tom Barry, Managing Director of Hartley Botanic, commented: “We wanted to develop the best trade stand possible– not just to win awards but to win current and future customers.
“Hartley Botanic’s 79-year-old reputation for ‘the finest greenhouses money can buy’ and its new RHS recommended status has been built on pioneering design and quality which exceeds expectations.
“It felt fitting this year’s trade stand reflected these principles in the plant and stand design as well as through our expertly crafted greenhouses and glasshouses.”
David Dodd, Co-Director of Longview Design and owner of The Outdoor Room, added: “We are very proud to be involved in Hartley Botanic’s high profile and exciting exhibit.
“They represent the best in greenhouse and glasshouse design and have a strong heritage as the manufacturer of choice for the UK’s leading horticultural institutions and organisations.
“We believe our design will help underline their horticultural credentials at the same time as celebrating their exceptional greenhouse and glasshouse structures.”
Glen Sheldrake, Horticulture Director, Burford Garden Company, said: “Burford Garden Company was delighted to be invited to supply and plant the gardens and greenhouses on the Hartley Botanic stand at Chelsea this year.
“We have worked tirelessly to source the finest plants for the stand, creating a multi-sensory experience for all who visit. We are sure the Hartley Botanic exhibit will be taking the trade stand category to a new level.”
All Hartley Botanic’s greenhouses and glasshouses are made to order. Customers interested in purchasing a Hartley Botanic greenhouse should go online: www.hartley-botanic.co.uk or call 01457 819 155 for more information.