Hartley Botanic at RHS Chelsea 2017

Hartley Botanic’s trade stand at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, will be one of the largest and most ambitious in its category. With five uniquely styled, handmade greenhouses and glasshouses placed within a show garden, there will be plenty to capture the imagination of the modern gardener.

The stand has been designed by Longview Design and will be built by The Outdoor Room, with plants sourced by the Burford Garden Company. The stand will demonstrate the variety of ways Hartley Botanic greenhouses can be enjoyed by the modern gardener.

Hartley Botanic’s Victorian Grand Lodge will be the largest glasshouse on the stand, dressed with architectural and impressive looking tropical and subtropical species – a nod to Victorian plant collectors. Airplants, palms and exotic Gloriosa vine will complement the lodge’s beautiful proportions.

The Opus greenhouse, featured in last year’s award winning show garden, will ‘exhibit’ an incredible collection of orchids, celebrating these wonderful plants like individual works of art. Orchids on show will include the slipper orchid, Paphiopedilum, the South American Zygopetalum and Masdevallia species.

The stand itself will feature exotic and hardy plants from around the world which will add texture as well as help lead visitors around the exhibit. The key theme for both the external plantings and those within the greenhouses and glasshouses is a love of passion for plants and visitors’ sensory experience.

Hartley Botanic will be situated in a prominent location next to the Great Pavilion and show gardens on Main Avenue, which along with the stand’s ambitious plant displays, will help attract visitors.

Longview Design and The Outdoor Room were chosen by Hartley Botanic to design and build the stand because of their RHS Chelsea credentials, having created award-winning show gardens for the last 10 years and being deemed worthy to create three gardens at the show this year.

Tom Barry, managing director of Hartley Botanic, commented: “We wanted to develop and execute the best trade stand possible this year – not just to win awards but to win current and future customers. Hartley Botanic’s 79 year old reputation for ‘the finest greenhouses money can buy’ and its new RHS recommended status has been built on pioneering design and quality which exceeds expectations. It felt fitting that this year’s trade stand reflected these principles in the plant and stand design as well as through our expertly crafted greenhouses and glasshouses. There is no reason why our trade stand cannot be as inspiring and enticing as RHS Chelsea’s show gardens this year, and this is our aim.”

Horticultural director of the Burford Garden Company, Glen Sheldrake, said they were delighted to have been invited to supply and plant the gardens and greenhouses on the Hartley Botanic stand at the Show: “With us both being British heritage brands with an eye for quality and details, we felt it was a great fit. We have worked tirelessly to source the finest plants for the stand, creating a multi-sensory experience for all who visit. We are sure the Hartley Botanic exhibit will be taking the trade stand category to a new level,” he said.

Hartley Botanic are now the RHS recommended aluminium and glasshouse supplier. All Hartley Botanic greenhouses and glasshouses are made to order. Information on their range can be found at: http://www.hartley-botanic.co.uk

RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from the 23rd to the 27th May, 2017.