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Press Release
For Immediate Release
Wednesday 23rd May 2018

Greenhouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic wins 5 stars for its tradestand and the coveted Director General Linley award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Left to right: Martin Toogood Chairman of Hartley Botanic, Lee Burkhill of ‘the Garden Ninja’ (tradestand garden designer) and Tom Barry Managing Director of Hartley Botanic

Hartley Botanic Tradestand – stand number SR32

Lancashire-based greenhouse and glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic has this year been awarded both the 5 Star award and the Director General’s Linley award for its ‘provenance and history’ themed tradestand at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The stand, which has been designed and planted by RHS winning Lee Burkhill ‘the Garden Ninja,’ with landscaping by award winning G.K. Wilson landscape services, provides a historical snapshot into the incredible stories and plant hunter origins behind some of our best loved and most familiar plants, celebrating 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 was inspired both by the increasing importance of thoughtful plant sourcing, and 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 Lancashire factory, beneath the base of the dramatic Pennines’ Chew Valley.

The award comes after Hartley Botanic was named the RHS’ recommended aluminium greenhouse and glasshouse supplier last year and countless appearances at the annual RHS Chelsea flower show – the manufacturer can trace its presence at Chelsea back to as early as the Queen’s Coronation in 1953.

Hartley Botanic’s stand 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. 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 whilst the likes of Achillea, Waldsteinia and Nepetain mellow yellows and oranges, planted in staggered heights, give enticing views through to each of the greenhouses. These natural-looking exterior plants are the unsung heroes of woodland canopy planting and thrive in the UK’s climate. The stand also features a special edition Hartley Botanic Patio Greenhouse in ‘ruby red’ to mark the manufacturer’s 80th anniversary.

Of the award win, Tom Barry, Managing Director of Hartley Botanic commented; “We are thrilled by our stand’s double award win. The theme and design of our stand was particularly special for us this year as it tells a planting story which reflects our 80th anniversary and our desire to share Hartley Botanic’s provenance and history with customers. As with the many plant varieties gracing our gardens, the heritage of our greenhouses and glasshouses is not immediately apparent, but gardeners are increasingly understanding the value and importance of provenance and are looking closer in their purchasing decisions to create sustainable gardens which give joy over a lifetime.”

Lee Burkhill of ‘the Garden Ninja’ and the stand designer commented; “Myself and G.K. Wilson landscape services are over the moon and honoured to receive these awards. It was a complete privilege to be able to design the Hartley Botanic stand, and the hook of the business’ 80th anniversary provided an invaluable stepping-off point for our historical theme. The historical stories behind some of our most well-loved plants are both engrossing and humbling when you consider the lengths botanists and plant collectors went to for us to enjoy such a deep range of species today. There is more than meets the eye behind the Hartley Botanic tradestand and we hope visitors will take away a deeper appreciation of plant history and provenance as a result.”

The coveted Director General Linley award on the Hartley Botanic ‘provenance & history’ themed tradestand

Up-and-coming West Lancashire based garden designer Lee Burkhill of ‘the Garden Ninja’ was chosen to design the stand, along with landscaping delivered by Gareth Wilson of Derbyshire’s G.K. Wilson landscape services. It is Lee’s first time designing for Chelsea after winning the BBC’s 2016 Feel Good Garden competition at RHS Hampton Court with his Manchester-themed Show Garden. Landscapers G.K. Wilson are multi Royal Horticultural Society award winners with a legacy of medal-worthy gardens across the RHS’s various flower shows, including Golds at RHS Chatsworth and RHS Hampton Court last year.

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

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Notes to Editors:

For press enquiries please contact:
The Hartley Botanic team at WADE PR
on: [email protected]
or call: 0797 067 9437 (Caroline)

Hartley Botanic greenhouses and glasshouses on the stand

Victorian Lodge: – In “Olive Leaf”
3.3m x 5.8m with double door in the porch
Extra door to right hand gable end
Cold frames to both sides of the porch
Ornate Staging to both sides of the porch
Shelving opposite the door
Etched with the Hartley “80th Anniversary” roundel on the porch return panes.

Opus: – In “Bronze”
2m x 4.1m
Extra door in the left hand gable end

Hartley Planthouse: – In “Iron Gray”
2.5m x 3.7m
Doors in both gable ends
Alpine staging to both sides

Grow & Store: – In “Verona Stone”
2.5m x 3.8m
Greenhouse with attached storage area
Reverse etched vertical face pane with the Hartley “80th Anniversary” roundel

Patio Glasshouse: – In “Ruby Red”
1.27m x 0.7m
Limited edition colour to celebrate Hartley Botanic’s 80th Anniversary
Door etched with the Hartley “80th Anniversary” roundel

About Hartley Botanic
Hartley Botanic is a British greenhouse and glasshouse manufacturer based in Greenfield, Lancashire. The company was founded in 1938 by brothers Vincent (RHS fellow) and Norman Hartley following their groundbreaking aluminium greenhouse design, the first time (to our knowledge) aluminium had been used in greenhouse construction and marking a huge improvement on its wood and wrought iron Victorian forerunners. Today, Hartley Botanic’s reputation has been built on 80 years of British craftsmanship, creating greenhouse and glasshouse structures known for their enduring strength, quality and performance. It is the greenhouse manufacturer of choice for the UK’s leading horticulture organisations, institutions and designers with ‘Hartleys’ commissioned by the RHS, the National Trust, Kew Gardens, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Oxford Botanical Gardens, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Blenheim Palace, The Lingholm Estate and Hampton Court Palace…to name a few. In February 2017 Hartley Botanic became the only aluminium greenhouse and glasshouse manufacturer to be endorsed by the RHS.

Company approach
Hartley Botanic combines modern advances in design, engineering and technology with old fashioned values and techniques which enhance its products and customer experience. Despite using cutting-edge machinery in its Greenfield factory all Hartley Botanic greenhouses are still ‘handmade,’ being assembled entirely by hand with precision parts still being made using traditional, hand-operated equipment. The customer service experience is also both hands-on and highly personal with Hartley Botanic providing 360 degree support, from the greenhouse design phase through to installation. Vincent and Norman Hartley’s vision in 1938 of lasting quality and ambition in making the finest greenhouses money can buy remain key pillars for the company. Customers purchasing a Hartley Botanic greenhouse or glasshouse are making an investment which will stand the test of time, span generations and be robust enough to travel well.

Greenhouse products
Hartley Botanic’s greenhouses and glasshouses are all made to order and range from small patio models to imposing glasshouses. Designs are available from 3 product ranges (Victorian, Heritage and Modern) with all models available in a variety of colours and sizes, along with options for ‘glass to ground’ installation, free-standing or lean-to and internal glazed partitions. Standard for every Hartley Botanic greenhouse and glasshouse are:

– 30 year ‘lifetime’ guarantee which covers both the structure and installation
– Bespoke solutions to suit particular horticultural requirements
– Full installation service or choice of self-assembly for select designs
– Polyester powder coated paint finish
– Top hung opening lights for advanced, efficient ventilation*
– Single glazing in BS6206 tempered safety glass
– Glazing in individual frames
– No glass to glass or glass to metal contact in glazing
– Unique clear span roof design (no internal support to impede space)*
*not relevant to the Patio greenhouse

Accolades and awards
In 2017 Hartley Botanic’s entire product range was endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS.)

Over the years, Hartley Botanic has won many awards, here are a selection of some of the most recent;
– 2017, 5 Star Tradestand Award, 2017 RHS Chatsworth Flower Show
– 2017, 5 Star Tradestand Award, 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show
– 2016, Sliver Gilt Show Garden award, 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show
– 2015, 5 Star Tradestand Award, 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show
– 2014, 5 Star Tradestand Award, 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show
– 2014, Best Trade Stand, 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show