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The Hartley Botanic Garden

Hartley Botanic has exhibited stunning trade stands at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for nearly sixty years. For 2016, however, MD Johnny Mobasher is taking their presence at the event to the next level with a Main Avenue show garden designed by Catherine MacDonald from Landform UK.

MacDonald’s design creates a garden celebrating the best of British engineering innovation by featuring one of the British-engineered glasshouse structures for which Hartley Botanic are so well known. The focal point of the design is a stunning, modern glasshouse, attached to a traditional walled garden and surrounded by water and woodland.

Hartley Botanic Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

One might imagine the owner to be a gentleman with a large garden who wants a glasshouse that is both a retreat and a home for an assortment of tropical, aquatic and carnivorous plants. This glass haven for plants and people will also afford excellent views of the surrounding pond and woodland planting.

Hartley Botanic Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

To demonstrate Hartley Botanic suitability for contemporary as well as period homes, this design combines a modern glasshouse with a traditional walled garden. The glasshouse design is modern, the aluminum supports powdered-coated with a matt bronze finish so as not to contrast harshly with the wall.

Hartley Botanic RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

The woodland planting and calm pool surrounding the structure evoke images of the quintessential rural garden in southern England. To complete the illusion that this glasshouse is attached to a walled garden, a mix of vegetables and perennials can be seen where the walled garden would end.

Hartley Botanic RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Plants in this area include: Anchusa ‘Loddon Royalist’, Beta vulgaris, Daucus carota, Lupinus ‘Chandelier’, Raphanus sativus, Anthriscus sylvestris, Aquilegia vulgaris,Digitalis purpurea, Pimpinella major ‘Rosea’ and other wildflower species. See the full list below.

Plant list: 

Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist'
Artemisia abrotanum
Borago officinalis
Hyssopus officinalis
Cynara cardunculus
Armoracia rusticana
Foeniculum vulgare
Allium schoenoprasum
Nigella damascena 'Oxford Blue'
Phlomis russeliana
Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group)
Cucurbita pepo
Tanacetum vulgare
Lupinus 'Gallery Yellow' (Gallery Series)
Pastinaca sativa 'Gladiator F1 Hybrid'
Daucus carota
Phaseolus coccineus 'Prizewinner'
Lactuca sativa 'Trocadero'
Tropaeolum majus
Beta vulgaris 'Chioggia'
Ribes nigrum 'Noir de Bourgogne'
Raphanus sativus 'Longipinnatus'
Glebionis coronaria
Phaseolus vulgaris 'Borlotto Lingua di Fuoco'
Papaver rupifragum
Rheum rhaponticum


Woodland Perennials:

Asplenium scolopendrium
Symphytum officinale
Cardamine pratensis
Myrrhis odorata
Euphorbia amygdaloides var robbiae
Dryopteris filix-mas
Galium odoratum
Primula veris
Silene dioica
Geranium robertianum
Digitalis purpurea
Angelica sylvestris
Pimpinella major 'Rosea'
Arum maculatum
Silene alba
Festuca rubra ssp. commutata
Geum urbanum
Stellaria graminea
Alliaria petiolata
Veronica chamaedrys
Myosotis sylvatica Sylva Series
Anthriscus sylvestris
Deschampsia flexuosa
Aquilegia vulgaris
Lamium maculatum 'Album'
Conopodium majus
Oxalis acetosella
Lamium galeobdolon



Iris pseudacorus
Butomus umbellatus
Sagittaria sagittifolia