Hartley Botanic showcases history at RHS Chelsea stand as it celebrates 80th anniversary

Hartley Botanic is returning to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with another eye-catching stand as it celebrates 80 ‘trusted years’ in business.

History: the factory

The Greenfield-based greenhouse and glasshouse manufacturer has unveiled a ‘provenance and history’ themed trade stand for this year’s show.

It provides a snapshot into the incredible stories and plant hunter origins behind some of the nation’s best loved and most familiar plants.

Designed and planted by RHS winning Lee Burkhill ‘the Garden Ninja,’ with landscaping by award winning G.K. Wilson landscape services, the stand celebrates the fearless work of ‘orchid hunters’, the passion and ambition of Victorian plant collectors and the pivotal scientific discoveries which came about through botanical study.

The stand’s provenance and history theme has been inspired by the increasing importance of thoughtful plant sourcing as a way to control quality and stop the spread of disease.

It has also been inspired by its central importance in Hartley Botanic’s own story – for 80 years the company has been making its beautiful, handmade aluminium greenhouses from the same factory.

Provenance continues to be a subject of key importance and concern for the food industry and it is growing in momentum as an issue to take seriously in the horticultural sector.

There is an increasing commitment to support UK plant production as a means to stop the spread of plant pests and diseases and this year, the RHS has banned some high-risk plants from the flower show.

The Hartley Botanic stand will encourage visitors to discover more about where plants come from, allowing this to inform their own gardening at home.

Tom Barry, Managing Director of Hartley Botanic, said: “Our 80th anniversary is a time of celebration but is also an opportunity to speak of our company’s heritage and back story.

“While our greenhouses and glasshouses look very beautiful and enticing on our stand, it is Hartley Botanic’s long history and our products’ provenance which points to their quality and uniqueness.

History: one of their trucks

“This is what we wanted to communicate through our stand, mirroring our heritage message with the history and stories behind plants as prosaic as the humble pea.

“We hope it will give gardeners an even greater appreciation of the plants they already love and encourage them to interrogate new additions to their garden – not just according to look or personal taste but also according to their provenance.”

Garden designer Lee Burkhill of The Garden Ninja added: “It’s a great honour to have been chosen by Hartley Botanic as the designer for their 2018 stand at the Chelsea Flower Show.

“Working with Gareth Wilson of G.K. Wilson Landscape Services, who have been taking the RHS Show Garden category by storm over recent years, is really exciting for an up-and-coming designer like me.”

The Hartley Botanic stand’s history and provenance theme features four of its handmade greenhouses and glasshouses: a modern Opus glasshouse, a Victorian Lodge, a traditional Grow and Store and a contemporary Hartley Planthouse – each with an intricate and striking display, telling an individual and compelling botanical history story.

The beautiful greenhouses in stylish green, grey, stone and bronze colours are surrounded by woodland-styled external plantings which provide a soft exterior.

Woodland style plants including Thalictrum, Anthriscus and Actea provide an intriguing backdrop while the likes of Achillea, Waldsteinia and Nepetain mellow yellows and oranges, planted in staggered heights, give enticing views through to each of the greenhouses.

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

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

All their greenhouses and glasshouses are handmade, bespoke and made to order. Customers interested in purchasing a Hartley Botanic greenhouse should visit: http://www.hartley-botanic.co.uk or call 01457 819 155 for more information.

 

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