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Hartley’s glasshouses are built to last, so history and heritage are very important to us and our designs aim to give you the growing space you need as garden fashions change.

In the articles below, we look back over the years of gardening and horticulture, to see what’s changed, what’s stayed the same, and what we might be able to expect in the future.

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The history of British garden fashion

Gardening has gone through plenty of fashions, fads and phases, from the very first humans to grow vegetables and edible herbs on their doorstep, instead of foraging for them, through to planting flowers and shrubs for their aesthetic appeal rather than any real practical purpose. Victorian gardens are key But it was the Victorians who […]

Great English Victorian Glasshouse

Way back when: A history of the English Glasshouse

Now a firm part of British culture, over the last few centuries, the great English Victorian Glasshouse has become an iconic feature in botanic gardens throughout the country. Often thought of as a cornerstone of gardening itself, the history of the English glasshouse takes its roots from far and wide. Early beginnings Although a far […]

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

A look at Kew Gardens and its world-famous glasshouses

One of the most famous botanic gardens in the world, and one of the largest tourist attractions in the UK, Kew Gardens is home to the planet’s largest collection of living plants. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, was formally established in 1759, and is now one of the few gardens placed on the UNESCO list […]