A Greenhouse for Christmas

Picture credit: Bespoke Hartley Botanic Glasshouse, Kentucky, US

A handmade, Hartley Botanic Greenhouse or Glasshouse is arguably the most extraordinary gift you can buy a keen gardener. Imagine opening your garden doors to see a beautifully elegant stone-coloured Victorian Glasshouse on a brick base with delicate roof cresting filled with wonderful palms, colourful house plants and fresh fruit and vegetables? For a keen gardener who loves plants and their garden, it is the stuff of dreams.

Picture credit: Hartley Botanic Victorian Lodge with double doors, Washington, US

The creme de la creme of the Greenhouse world, every Hartley Botanic Glasshouse is handmade to your exact requirements, using the finest materials with unparalleled durability, safety and beauty. Unrivalled. Unparalleled. Unique. There are Glasshouses, and there are Hartley Botanic Glasshouses. Combining inspired design with enduring quality, nothing quite enhances your garden like a Hartley Botanic. The Lancashire-based Greenhouse and Glasshouse manufacturer has been making its beautiful and elegant handmade, made-to-order horticultural buildings for over 80 years and is so trusted, that its entire product range is endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Hartley Botanic is so confident of the structural integrity of its Greenhouses, that it offers a 30 year lifetime guarantee, and for keen gardeners that means 30 years of being able to greatly enhance what they can grow and how they enjoy their garden.

Owning a Greenhouse brings an entirely new dimension to any garden.

Picture caption: The Opus Glasshouse with orchids – RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Glass enables the overwintering of delicate plants, the raising of delicate seedings and allows limitless possibilities when it comes to producing delicious, fresh fruit and vegetables. It also allows gardeners to grow far wider varieties of plants, such as trendy succulents, which would normally be at the mercy of the British climate. And talking of the weather, there is no need for the enjoyment of growing and getting out in the garden to be limited to certain months of the year when you have a Greenhouse – even if you simply sit amongst your crops with a brew, and the radio on as rain patters against the roof.

Picture caption: Vegetables in a Hartley Botanic Greenhouse – RHS Chatsworth 2017

In the last few years, the Lancashire-based manufacturer has also noticed an increase in customers making use of Greenhouses for both horticultural requirements and other ‘lifestyle’ uses. Tom Barry, Hartley Botanic’s Managing Director said; “From our conversations with customers, the vast majority are using their Greenhouses for horticultural reasons, as you would expect – for growing edibles, raising seedlings etc. However, many customers, who are still serious gardeners, are using their Greenhouses in a more multifaceted way. We do see customers introducing ‘living’, ‘relaxation’, ‘dining’ and ‘lifestyle’ elements into their Greenhouse use. Most commonly however, we are seeing a trend for Greenhouses to be used for al fresco dining and as a space for morning and evening relaxation.”

Picture caption: A Hartley Botanic Victorian Lodge Glasshouse with a unique dining area – RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

However the gardener in your life might use their Hartley Botanic, the manufacturer offers an incomparable range. From the smallest Patio Glasshouse, perfect for balconies, or the eminently practical Grow & Store, which has its own separate but attached shed, all the way up to the stately Victorian Grand Manor and architectural Magnum Opus – there is something for all styles, purposes and garden sizes.