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Hartley Botanic

Hartley Botanic

Handmade with Pride Since 1938

This year, Lancashire-based greenhouse and glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic is celebrating its 80th anniversary – marking 80 years of making its stunning handmade, made-to-order horticultural buildings, with its team still working from the original factory at the base of the dramatic Pennines’ Chew Valley in Greenfield on the Lancashire/Yorkshire border. Founded in 1938, the company is one of Britain’s oldest and most trusted greenhouse manufacturers and was the first to develop and make entirely aluminium structures, representing a new class of greenhouse building in terms of practicality and engineering design. Since then, Hartley Botanic has built a name and reputation amongst the horticultural elite synonymous with excellence, receiving commissions from some of the UK’s most eminent gardeners, designers and horticultural institutions. In February last year, The Royal Horticultural Society officially recognised the company’s enduring commitment to British craftsmanship by endorsing its entire product range.

Hartley Botanic was founded in 1938 by businessman and inventor Vincent Hartley. Irrepressibly ingenuous, Vincent created many of the iconic products used during the war years. His inventions included a headlight cowl used to mask car lights during the blitz, ‘everlasting’ aluminium plant tags and the Hartley ‘safeboil’ which prevented the boiling over of milk. His crowning achievement however came when he created the first solely aluminium and glass greenhouse, marking a huge step forward from its wood and wrought iron Victorian counterparts. In using aluminium, Vincent Hartley was able to create a greenhouse which both maximised light and celebrated design. He was the first to employ aluminium purlins and joints to create spacious, elegant interiors free from internal bracing, presenting an optimum area for natural light. 

All Hartley Botanic’s greenhouses and glasshouses, whether a Victorian Grand Manor or a small lean-to, are handmade to order using the finest materials and represent the highest level of engineering design. From the stainless-steel capping screws and durable polyester coated finish, to its extruded aluminium alloy sections, each element of a Hartley Botanic greenhouse speaks of fine workmanship and a commitment to enduring strength, longevity and performance. 

Every Hartley Botanic greenhouse and glasshouse is unique, designed in collaboration with the customer

The company offers different model styles, from traditional to contemporary, which are individually customised according to any number of factors, from the garden site to growing requirements and design taste. Tasteful colour options are available as well as internal glazed partitioning to create different growing zones. Accessories such as staging, shelving, decorative finials and integrated aluminium cold-frames also further personalise this most individual of garden buildings for ‘extending the growing season at both ends.’ The company offers a 30 year lifetime guarantee.

The factory is open to visitors who wish to see the greenhouses being made.  You can also see them displayed at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in 2018 and various other sites throughout the UK

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