EYE-CATCHING stands have been exhibited by a top greenhouse manufacturer in Greenfield at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for decades – and now they are adding a special twist.
Hartley Botanic, based on Wellington Road, has decided to take its smaller beautifully planted trade stands to the next level and create a large show garden for the event this May.
The Main Avenue show garden will be designed by Catherine MacDonald from Landform Consultants Ltd.
And the inspiration for the feature glasshouse which will appear to be emerging from a pool came from a design by Thomas Heatherwick, one of Britain’s most gifted designers.
The garden will feature ‘Opus’, a stunning glasshouse attached to what would be a walled garden.
‘Opus’ is a modern glasshouse in a matt bronze finish and will highlight beautifully Hartley Botanic’s aim of celebrating their British engineered structures in a forward-thinking way.
The likely owner might be a large garden-owning gentleman who wants a glasshouse as a retreat and a home for an assortment of tropical, aquatic and carnivorous plants.
Hartley Botanic MD Johnny Mobasher explained: “After almost 60 years of exhibiting, it felt like a natural progression to combine our historical horticultural engineering in a garden to celebrate the tranquility of space and nature.
“The plan is to deliver a garden that celebrates the best of British engineering innovation and in particular the glasshouse structures that Hartley Botanic are renowned the world over for.”
The scene will evoke a rural garden and the view from the glasshouse and surrounding water will depict woodland type planting, including Anthriscus sylvestris, Aquilegia vulgaris, Digitalis purpurea, Pimpinella major ‘Rosea’ and other wildflower species.
There will also be a mixture of flowering perennials and vegetables on the other side of the wall to represent the end of a ‘walled garden’ with plants including Anchusa ‘Loddon Royalist’, Beta vulgaris, Daucus carota, Lupinus ‘Chandelier’ and Raphanus sativus.
Award-winning Hartley Botanic offer an extensive range of traditional to contemporary greenhouses and glasshouses. For more information visit their website.