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A GLASSHOUSE FOR ALL SEASONS!

December 2016

“Previously we had a beautiful Griffin Glasshouses’ Sage glasshouse but now that we have downsized, we have chosen the equally beautiful Thyme glasshouse which measures 2.6m by 3.7m and includes a feature porch,” said Julia.

Peter & Julia Hickman from Surrey are enjoying their new Griffin Glasshouses’ glasshouse and plan to make use of it all year around.

In the summer they grew tomatoes and cucumbers and over autumn and winter, they will store their tender garden plants in the glasshouse. Already thinking about spring next year, the couple plan to grow a lot of seeds.

“Previously we had a beautiful Griffin Glasshouses’ Sage glasshouse but now that we have downsized, we have chosen the equally beautiful Thyme glasshouse which measures 2.6m by 3.7m and includes a feature porch,” said Julia.

Both the Sage and Thyme glasshouse structures are from Griffin Glasshouses’ National Gardens Scheme (NGS) range which means the NGS charity receives 5% of the proceeds from the sale of every glasshouse in this collection.

The charities supported by the NGS include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help the Hospices, Crossroads Care and Alzheimer’s Society.

“We did not hesitate to choose another glasshouse from Griffin Glasshouses, they are attractive in design, require little maintenance and we can utilise it all year around. We are very pleased with both the product and service,” added Julia.

Griffin Glasshouses are thoroughly 21st century in design and boast traditional Victorian style architectural features including steep-pitched roofs. They are produced from the highest quality, maintenance-free aluminium.

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GRIFFIN GLASSHOUSES RAISES FUNDS FOR THE NGS

November 2016

GRIFFIN GLASSHOUSES RAISES FUNDS FOR THE NGS


Griffin Glasshouses has donated £12,068.50 to the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) from the sales of its glasshouses from the company’s NGS Collection.

All glasshouses in Griffin’s NGS collection are named after garden herbs and the company gives 5% of the proceeds to the charity.

Linda Lane, managing director of Griffin Glasshouses and daughter of the founder, explains: “A number of private gardens that open for the NGS already have our glasshouses and we have created this collection in cooperation with the charity to reflect them. It is an ideal association between our two organisations and enables anyone to buy a glasshouse with a unique association whilst aiding the charity.”

Each year the NGS opens almost 4000 private gardens in England and Wales and, from the proceeds, gives more than £2.5 million annually to cancer, nursing and gardening charities.

Glasshouses in the NGS Collection are produced in the Victorian style with steeply pitched roofs, narrow glazing panels, decorative spandrels inside and finished with traditionally styled ridge fittings and finials. They are made by Griffin using the highest quality, maintenance free aluminium that is specifically designed to give the appearance of traditional wood.

Glasshouses in the collection are:

Sorrel 2.6m x 3.7m
Thyme 2.6m x 3.7m plus flat fronted porch
Fennell 2.6m x 4.9m
Sage 2.6m x 4.9m plus flat fronted porch
Rosemary 3m x 4.9m plus extending porch.

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WINTER PREP TIPS FOR YOUR GLASSHOUSE

October 2016

“It is essential to keep glasshouses clean and healthy,” says Linda. “They should not be used to store garden tools, pots, old plant labels and seed boxes as they can harbour pests and diseases. Make sure the glass on both the inside and out is regularly cleaned to maximise the short daylight and sunshine hours we have in the winter.”

Help keep your plants strong and healthy this winter

Before the frosts set in prepare your glasshouse for winter to protect the less hardy plants against the ravages of the cold weather. According to one of the country’s leading glasshouse makers, you need to follow some simple guidelines to keep them strong and healthy.

Linda Lane is managing director of the family owned Griffin Glasshouses at Ropley in Hampshire. Her advice is:

• Let the light in
• Eliminate disease
• Control bugs and pests

“It is essential to keep glasshouses clean and healthy,” says Linda. “They should not be used to store garden tools, pots, old plant labels and seed boxes as they can harbour pests and diseases. Make sure the glass on both the inside and out is regularly cleaned to maximise the short daylight and sunshine hours we have in the winter.”

She recommends using a proprietary glass cleaner if the panes are particularly dirty, otherwise just plain water. But she warns that it is essential to make sure water does not drop onto the leaves of the plants. She advises against using a pressure washer unless it is a warm day when plants can be taken outside.

“Keep pathways and staging clean and if necessary wash over with a non-toxic disinfectant. Repair broken glass because draughts can cause immediate damage in cold weather,” adds Linda.

It is probably too late in the season to repaint or treat wooden greenhouses but all metal supports should be washed down, inside and out, again ensuring no spillage onto the plants.

“Finally, our changing weather patterns suggest that we are going to experience a lot more torrential rain so make sure glasshouse guttering and other rain harvesting facilities are working efficiently and are clean.

“On warmer, sunny days, do make sure the glasshouse is ventilated but remember to close up at night,” warns Linda.

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FAMILY GLASSHOUSE IN SHIPLAKE HELPS RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY

July 2016

“We chose Griffin Glasshouses because of how professional and knowledgeable they are and it’s great that our new glasshouse has helped to raise money for the worthy NGS charities,” said Zoe.

Keen gardeners Zoe and Peter Walker from Shiplake near Henley on Thames are enjoying their new Griffin Glasshouses greenhouse which they are using to grow summer flowering plants from seed.

Their beautiful 3m by 4.9m Rosemary glasshouse with porch is from Griffin Glasshouses National Gardens Scheme (NGS) range which means the NGS receives 5% of the proceeds from the sale of every glasshouse in this collection.

Every year NGS gardens across England and Wales welcome about 750,000 visitors. Most gardens which open for the NGS are privately owned and open just a few times each year. Some gardens open as part of a group with the whole community involved.

The gardens give all the money raised directly to the NGS and the charities supported include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help the Hospices, Crossroads Care and Alzheimer’s Society.

“We chose Griffin Glasshouses because of how professional and knowledgeable they are and it’s great that our new glasshouse has helped to raise money for the worthy NGS charities,” said Zoe.

“We use the glasshouse to mainly sit, rest and take photos of our garden antiques. We love our new greenhouse it is a great addition to our garden.”

Griffin Glasshouses are thoroughly 21st century in design and boasts traditional Victorian style architectural features including steep-pitched roofs. They are produced from the highest quality, maintenance-free aluminium.

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VICTORIAN STYLE GLASSHOUSE TAKES PRIDE OF PLACE IN DUNSFORD VILLAGE GARDEN

July 2016

“I was involved in the design of the glasshouse which makes it very personal, I simply love it."

Measuring 11.5m by 3.4m sits a beautifully constructed Griffin Glasshouses greenhouse boasting traditional Victorian style architectural features.

Bespoke in design, the new large glasshouse in Andy Atkinson’s garden in Dunsford Devon, requires minimum maintenance and is used for growing exotic and everyday fruits, whilst also providing a place to relax and enjoy a cup of tea.

“I was involved in the design of the glasshouse which makes it very personal, I simply love it. My glasshouse has a beautiful extended front roof with side panels that can be removed in the summer,” said proud owner, Andy.

“It is both practical and attractive in design, has a robust construction and most importantly is easy to maintain. Griffin Glasshouses is a family enterprise with high standards and provide outstanding value and quality.”

With more than 50 years’ experience in the industry, Griffin Glasshouses offers a range of low-maintenance, unique design glasshouses from lean-to, free-standing, to its NGS collection. Griffin glasshouses are made using the highest quality, maintenance free aluminium that is specifically designed to give the appearance of traditional wood.

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DON’T BAKE YOUR GLASSHOUSE PLANTS IN THE SUMMER SUN

June 2016

The maker of one of Britain’s most iconic glasshouses has given some timely advice about keeping plants cool in the summer sun.

Paul Smith, the technical director of Griffin Glasshouses, producers of bespoke and the National Garden Scheme range, warns that even in overcast weather the temperature inside can reach levels that are harmful to plants.

“Small structures are most at risk because the volume of air compared to the glass area is small causing it to heat up very quickly. The best rule is that a glasshouse should have 25% of the floor areas as ventilation. Our structures are deliberately high because this has the effect of a chimney drawing the hot air up and out through the vents,” he explained.

Paul’s top tips are:
• Water last thing at night and early in the morning as this reduces the evaporation of moisture and also prevents water droplets forming on foliage and risking scorching;
• If you are considering glasshouse shading reflective material is best as this drives the heat away from the glasshouse. Darker colours absorb heat, sending it back into the building Whatever you use, make certain the shading does not block the ventilation;
• If you do not have shading there are proprietary materials that can be painted or sprayed on to the inside of the glass. This is easily removed in the autumn;
• Don’t forget that the doors can be a major source of ventilation and, if possible, they should remain open at night;
• Vines are an excellent and natural form of shading;

“Remember, if you are working in your glasshouse in the sun and it’s too hot for you, it is most probably the same for your plants,” warns Paul.

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NEW LEASE OF LIFE FOR PASHLEY MANOR GARDENS’ GREENHOUSE THANKS TO GRIFFIN GLASSHOUSES

May 2016

“We are delighted with the results, the greenhouse at Pashley Manor Gardens has now come back into full use and it looks even more attractive than its predecessor.”

Since 1992 Pashley Manor Gardens, on the border of Sussex and Kent, has attracted thousands of visitors each year to enjoy its sweeping herbaceous borders, elegant rose and historic walled gardens, the productive kitchen garden, enchanting woodland paths and tranquil views that form this award winning retreat.

The greenhouse at Pashley Manor Gardens dates back to the Victorian era and was in much need of repair to bring it back to its full glory. “The rotting wooden framework of the old structure needed completely replacing and the support walls strengthening,” explained James Sellick at Pashley Manor Gardens.

“We visited the Chelsea Flower Show last year and having looked at all the greenhouses on show we just knew Griffin Glasshouses were best suited for our requirements. They replaced the wooden roof with an aluminium structure that is powder coated in two colours and the greenhouse is now completely restored and used to tender garden plants.

“We are delighted with the results, the greenhouse at Pashley Manor Gardens has now come back into full use and it looks even more attractive than its predecessor.”

With more than 50 years’ experience in the industry, Griffin Glasshouses offers a range of low-maintenance, unique design glasshouses from lean-to, free-standing, to its NGS collection.

Everything produced is bespoke with the exception of the NGS collection that is a range of specific, smaller structures. All the materials used in the manufacturing process are of the highest quality and many of the features are specifically designed by Griffin Glasshouses and unique to its brand.

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Black Glasshouse Makes a Bold Statement in Norwich Family Garden

May 2016

“We are very pleased with our new Griffin glasshouse which sits next to our pond and fountain, it completes our garden.”

Measuring 2.5m x 3.9m stands a beautiful black Griffin Glasshouses greenhouse which has become a focal point in Hugh and Jane Berridge’s landscaped garden in Norwich.

With its Victorian style hipped roof feature, Hugh and Jane’s new black frame glasshouse was designed to mirror the summerhouse sitting prettily opposite in the beautifully landscaped garden.

“We are very pleased with our new Griffin glasshouse which sits next to our pond and fountain, it completes our garden,” said proud owner, Jane. “Currently we have rocket and lettuce in the glasshouse, are overwintering our geraniums and dahlias, and growing sweet peas. We will also be growing tomatoes in the bed and more perennials and annuals from seed. There is plenty of room to grow everything we want. Even in this cold spring it is regularly in the mid-20s in the glasshouse and once it reached 30 degrees already, we are simply delighted.”

With more than 50 years’ experience in the industry, Griffin Glasshouses offers a range of low-maintenance, unique design glasshouses from lean-to, free-standing, to its NGS collection.

Everything produced is bespoke with the exception of the NGS collection that is a range of specific, smaller structures. All the materials used in the manufacturing process are of the highest quality and many of the features are specifically designed by Griffin Glasshouses and unique to its brand.

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New Glasshouse Joy for Warwickshire Listed Property Owner

April 2016

“Our new Griffin glasshouse is aesthetically very pleasing and the quality is superb, it is perfect for our needs and fits in wonderfully with the design of our garden. I have already started to develop a small collection of plants from warm temperate regions in the glasshouse and will also use it for the propagation of new plants from seed and cuttings.” said Roger.

The new Victorian-styled glasshouse attached to a listed property in a conservation area of a Warwickshire village has been given the thumbs up by planners, neighbours and the owner.

Beautifully constructed and measuring 5m x by 3m, Roger Taylor’s Griffin glasshouse boasts traditional Victorian style architectural features including steep-pitched roofs and will be used to over-winter garden plants such as pelargoniums, tender salvias, diascias and dahlia tubers.

“Our new Griffin glasshouse is aesthetically very pleasing and the quality is superb, it is perfect for our needs and fits in wonderfully with the design of our garden. I have already started to develop a small collection of plants from warm temperate regions in the glasshouse and will also use it for the propagation of new plants from seed and cuttings.” said Roger.

“The entire frame of the glasshouse is made from powder-coated aluminium which provides a very durable, maintenance-free structure. The glass is toughened and can withstand falling fir cones or apples, and the lockable door benefits from double glazing which improves heat conservation, the features are simply endless.”

Having first seen a Griffin glasshouse at Coton Manor in Northamptonshire, Roger instantly fell in love with the quality and design of the structure and contacted the family-run business.

“Since I live in a conservation area and the house is listed it was necessary to obtain planning consent. Griffin Glasshouses kindly managed this process for me. It was reassuring to know that Griffin have extensive family experience in producing crops under glass so their advice was based on sound practical knowledge. The company is quite outstanding in the quality of its products and customer care, their meticulous and careful approach to the construction was impressive at every stage,” added Roger.

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EUROPEAN CUSTOMERS INCREASINGLY KEEN ON BRITISH GLASSHOUSES

March 2016

“We have always had a strong European customer base but since showing our glasshouses at these shows the level of enquiries and sales have increased substantially,” says Linda Lane, managing director of Hampshire based Griffin Glasshouses.

Whilst many of our politicians are promoting the benefits of Brexit, increasing numbers of European gardeners are enthusiastically embracing the delights of quintessentially British glasshouses.

Since exhibiting at the RHS shows at Chelsea and Hampton Court, Griffin Glasshouses has received a significant increase in enquiries and actual sales from customers in France, Norway, Ireland and Spain who have fallen for the Victorian design of their structures.

“We have always had a strong European customer base but since showing our glasshouses at these shows the level of enquiries and sales have increased substantially,” says Linda Lane, managing director of Hampshire based Griffin Glasshouses.

The family business – Linda is the daughter of the founder – is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. The majority of their glasshouses are bespoke and range from small structures to significant versions, often replacing original Victorian or Edwardian wooden glasshouses.

“We have recently launched a new roofing system with a 35 degree pitch which is very similar to the original Victorian style. This configuration is suitable for both free standing glasshouses as well as lean-to buildings. Our European customers love the traditional look but fully appreciate their maintenance free benefits,” adds Linda.

The Victorian theme is reinforced by having deliberately narrow glass panes, highly decorative ridges and finials as well as internal spandrels. All are produced from top quality aluminium with hidden fixings and they can be finished in any colour. Griffin also offers internal rain-water storage and Victorian styles cast aluminium work benches.

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For more information on this press release please contact Graham Paskett or Aroonaa Sharrma at Paskett Public Relations on 01332 258 335 or email grahampaskett@paskett.co.uk or aroonaa@paskett.co.uk. Graham’s mobile 07860 737 225.

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VICTORIANA WINS IN GRIFFIN GLASSHOUSES’S 50TH YEAR

February 2016

“It is more practical to fit as a lean-to without compromising the Victorian style,” says Linda Lane, manging director of Griffin Glasshouses.

Sales of bespoke structures from Griffin Glasshouses in its 50th year have been at record levels and the key driver has been continued consumer demand for the Victorian style which has led to a new development for 2016.

The key reminders of this historic period are highly decorative spandrels, steep pitches to roofs, narrow glass panes and highly styled finials and ridges. In an effort to reinforce this the company is launching a new roof specifically for lean-to constructions with a 35 degree roof pitch.

“It is more practical to fit as a lean-to without compromising the Victorian style,” says Linda Lane, manging director of Griffin Glasshouses.

In 2015 the company launched new Victorian styles work-benches with high decorative cast aluminium legs.

“It is all part of this increasing demand from gardeners for a nostalgic look to their glasshouses but made using thoroughly 21st Century no-maintenance materials. They are all produced from the highest quality, maintenance free aluminium at the Ropley factory. All bolts and fixings are completely hidden and the frames powder coated to any colour the customer chooses,” says Linda.

She is the daughter of the founder of the business and today is helped by her cousin, Paul Smith, technical director, and her brother Peter who is installations director.

Other factors in the company’s success have been the National Garden Scheme collection of glasshouses and customer demand driven by exhibiting at the Chelsea and Hampton Court flower shows.

“We have had some amazing bespoke commissions in 2015 including replicating the historic glasshouses at Cardigan Castle and designing and building structures to accommodate a mini mountain for a customer’s prized collection of Alpine plants. We have also designed and built our smallest glasshouse to date which had a footprint of just 2.1m x 1.5m” adds Linda.

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GET THE LIGHT INTO YOUR GREENHOUSE OVER WINTER

Coverage appeared on Daily Express Online

The first frosts have arrived and many greenhouses will now be housing the less hardy plants that require protection from the ravages of winter but, according to one of the country’s leading glasshouse makers, you need to follow some simple guidelines to keep them strong and healthy.

Linda Lane is managing director of the family owned Griffin Glasshouses at Ropley in Hampshire. Here three key tasks are:

• Let the light in
• Eliminate disease
• Control bugs and pests

“It is essential to keep glasshouses clean and healthy,” says Linda. “They should not be used to store garden tools, pots, old plant labels and seed boxes as they can harbour pests and diseases. Make sure the glass on both the inside and out are regularly cleaned to maximise the short daylight and sunshine hours we have in the winter.”

She recommends using a proprietary glass cleaner if the panes are particularly dirty, otherwise just plain water. But she warns that it is essential to make sure water does not drop onto the leaves of the plants. She advises against using a pressure washer unless it is a warm day when plants can be taken outside.

“Keep pathways and staging clean and if necessary wash over with a non-toxic disinfectant. Repair broken glass because draughts can cause immediate damage in cold weather,” adds Linda.

It is probably too late in the season to repaint or treat wooden greenhouses but all metal supports should be washed down, inside and out, again ensuring no spillage onto the plants.

“Finally, our changing weather patterns suggest that we are going to experience a lot more torrential rain so make sure glasshouse guttering and other rain harvesting facilities are working efficiently and are clean.

“On warmer, sunny days, do make sure the glasshouse is ventilated but remember to close up at night,” warns Linda.

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SMALL GLASSHOUSE MAKES BIG STATEMENT!

July 2015

With its traditional Victorian style architectural features, the Griffin Glasshouses’ greenhouse in Rosamund Flint’s London garden is the smallest, bespoke glasshouse ever to be installed by the family run Hampshire company, measuring just 2.1 metres by 1.5 metres.

Rosamund from Muswell Hill in North London wanted a glasshouse that not only fitted into her sloping terraced garden but also complemented her Edwardian Property.

“Griffin Glasshouses were able to produce the exact size greenhouse we required. We are really pleased, it is perfect for our needs and fits in wonderfully with the design of our garden. We use it for growing vegetables and flower seedlings both for the allotment and the garden, but we have also used it to simply sit down and relax in,” said Rosamund.

“Currently we are growing tomatoes and chilli plants grown from seeds collected in Thailand. We will also shortly be potting up Alliums from seed which will be planted out this autumn and hopefully will flower in May or June next year.”

With more than 50 years’ experience in the industry, Griffin Glasshouses offers a range of low-maintenance, unique design glasshouses from lean-to, free-standing, to its NGS collection. Griffin glasshouses are made using the highest quality, maintenance free aluminium that is specifically designed to give the appearance of traditional wood.

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Midlands Home Owner Scoops Top Prize

July 2015

“Our congratulations to Anne, we hope she will enjoy her new state-of-the-art Griffin glasshouse for many years to come.”

Anne Upton from Wythall in Worcestershire is celebrating after winning a bespoke Griffin Glasshouses greenhouse with Victorian features worth £20,000.

An enthusiastic gardener, she was picked at random from more than 6,800 entries for the Griffin Glasshouses 50th anniversary glasshouse competition which featured in a national newspaper.

“I am absolutely delighted with my win, it’s simply fantastic. As this is Griffin Glasshouses Golden Anniversary giveaway, I have the option for the finials and decorative ridge to be painted gold. I am really looking forward to having my new glasshouse installed,” said Anne.

Measuring 2.5m by 3m, Anne’s new glasshouse will come complete with two folding bench tops and one gable-end bench, a submerged 600 litre rainwater tank and a hand-pump fitted to the gable-end staging.

Linda Lane, Griffin Glasshouses managing director, said: “Griffin Glasshouses are thoroughly 21st century in design and maintenance. They are produced from the highest quality, maintenance-free aluminium.

“Our congratulations to Anne, we hope she will enjoy her new state-of-the-art Griffin glasshouse for many years to come.”

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HIGH QUALITY GLASSHOUSE ON DISPLAY IN COUNTY OFFALY

“The Irish market for glasshouses has been quiet for a couple of years and the new display model in our show ground gives strong brand credibility and visitors can see for themselves the high specification build quality and design features of Griffin."

One of the most sophisticated and maintenance free designs for glasshouses available on the market is now on display in County Offaly.

Polydome is the official agent for the whole of Ireland for Griffin Glasshouses, the UK based firm that is one of the largest producers of bespoke glasshouses, and 2015 marks 50 years in this very specialised market. They have created a unique Victorian styled model at Polydome’s premises at Birr.

All the materials used in the manufacturing process are of the highest quality and many of the features are specifically designed by Griffin Glasshouses and unique to its brand. This includes a full-length automated opening and ventilation system, the Victorian styled spandrels used in many of the glasshouses and the hidden rain water collection system that can be channelled into underground storage tanks and pumped up for irrigation and watering.

All the frames are made from the highest quality, maintenance free aluminium which is powder coated in any paint colour. All bolts and fixings are completely hidden. The company specifically match a wood look-alike finish so that Griffin glasshouses appear to be traditional but have the very latest, low maintenance finish.

Jonathan Pyle, managing director of Polydome, says: “The Irish market for glasshouses has been quiet for a couple of years and the new display model in our show ground gives strong brand credibility and visitors can see for themselves the high specification build quality and design features of Griffin.

“Although this is an example of a Victorian style with typically steeply pitched roofs all Griffin glasshouses are bespoke and designed to meet specific customer requirements.”

Polydome also manufactures polytunnels for both the domestic and commercial markets.

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Griffin Glasshouses Unveil Victorian Styled Glasshouse Work Bench at the Hampton Court Flower Show

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“This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first ever glasshouse designed by my father, David Griffin. The business he founded remains a family owned and managed concern and my brother and cousin both work in it with me,” said Linda Lane, managing director, Griffin Glasshouses.

June 2015

This year, as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, Griffin Glasshouses has launched a range of glasshouse work benches with a Victorian-styled theme.

It is part of the company’s drive to generate maximum authenticity but without the high levels of maintenance associated with historic structures of this type. Visitors to the show will be able to see one of the Victorian style benches with cast aluminium detailing displayed in a large glasshouse on the Griffin stand at the Hampton Court Flower Show.

“This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first ever glasshouse designed by my father, David Griffin. The business he founded remains a family owned and managed concern and my brother and cousin both work in it with me,” said Linda Lane, managing director, Griffin Glasshouses.

“Everything we produce is bespoke with the exception of our National Gardens Scheme collection that is a range of specific, free standing structures. All the materials we use in the manufacturing process at our Ropley factory in Hampshire are of the highest quality and many of the features are specifically designed by us and unique to our brand.

“This includes our full-length automated opening ventilation system, the Victorian styled spandrels used in many of our glasshouses and the hidden rain water collection system that can be channelled into underground storage tanks and pumped up for irrigation and watering. Each glasshouse carries a lifetime structural guarantee.”

Visitors to the show can also see a Victorian 'Thyme' Griffin glasshouse at A Growing Obsession: the Yardley London Perennial Garden. Designed by Jean Wardrop and Alexandra Stevenson, the show garden celebrates women’s influence in gardening since the Victorian era.

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Griffin Glasshouses 50th Anniversary Celebrations at The Chelsea Flower Show with Janet Street-Porter

May 2015

Journalist and television presenter Janet Street-Porter helped Griffin Glasshouses mark its 50th anniversary at the Chelsea Flower Show by cutting the anniversary cake alongside Linda Lane, managing director, Griffin Glasshouses.

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Historic Building at Chiswick House Gets New Lease of Life Thanks to Griffin Glasshouses

We are absolutely delighted with the restoration of Melon House which is the oldest part of the estate"

March 2015

Originally used for growing melons and referred to as the Melon House, the historic building at Chiswick House, constructed sometime before 1867, has been restored using modern materials thanks to Griffin Glasshouses.

Measuring 5.28m by 16.8m, the newly rebuilt glasshouse will be primarily used for propagation for Chiswick House’s extensive kitchen garden. “We are absolutely delighted with the restoration of Melon House which is the oldest part of the estate. The work has been beautifully executed by Griffin Glasshouses,” said Clare O’Brien, director at Chiswick House and Garden Trust.

“Key features include three long benches supplied by Griffin Glasshouses; London brick walls and herring bone brick floor; beautifully glazed with an excellent mechanical system for opening and closing vents; and a water collection point which can be pumped out for watering. The new brickwork floor features traditional techniques with a follow through pattern as the conservatory.”

Linda Lane, Griffin Glasshouses managing director, said: “Griffin Glasshouses are thoroughly 21st century in design and maintenance. They are produced from the highest quality, maintenance-free aluminium. The installation at Chiswick House involved a new roof and door, plus benching and tanks internally. The walls and gables were original.”

The Chiswick House and Gardens Trust was set up in April 2005 to oversee the restoration, management and protection of this important historic site in south west London.

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NEW GRIFFIN GLASSHOUSE TAKES PRIDE OF PLACE AT CHELSEA HOME

“The glasshouse acts not only as a traditional greenhouse, but, in summer, will be a pleasant addition to the house where we can have meals."

January 2015

A Griffin Glasshouses aluminium frame greenhouse was the ideal choice for property owners of a house in Chelsea to replace their existing structure that had a wood frame. Measuring 4.1m by 4.7m, the new glasshouse is bespoke in design and requires minimum maintenance.

“Despite of assurances given to us at the time, our old wood frame greenhouse rotted and became unusable. We were determined to replace it with an aluminium one and Griffin Glasshouses ticked all the right boxes,” said the owner. We are delighted with the finished product, it is a perfect fit for the space we had available.”

Used for growing plants including lemon trees the new greenhouse also has a mature vine.

“The glasshouse acts not only as a traditional greenhouse, but, in summer, will be a pleasant addition to the house where we can have meals. The quality of workmanship is excellent and the attention to detail noteworthy.”

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Norfolk Couple Finally Get Their Dream Greenhouse!

January 2015

“We are absolutely delighted with our new greenhouse, finally we have our dream glasshouse and we intend to make the most of it,” added Henry.

When the Bradshaw’s from Norwich bought their dream home 30 years ago, they also inherited two dilapidated Victorian lean-to greenhouses which, after many repair jobs over the course of 15 years, required replacing.

Home owner Henry Bradshaw approached a local greenhouse provider who offered a wooden three quarter span greenhouse to replace the two old Victorian greenhouses. Having expressed his concerns at the time that the wood was not cedar and would rot after a few years, Henry was assured that it would be pressure treated and ‘would last a lifetime!’

“It was soon apparent that the lifetime promised was relatively short, the ridge line collapsed two years ago making the repair uneconomic,” explained Henry.
“I reviewed the market again and considered a few suppliers. In the light of my previous experience I had changed the specification to a lean-to and had accepted that wood had severe limitations. I found generally that the build quality of the ones I reviewed was unsatisfactory or the price quoted was more than I was prepared to pay.”

That was until he visited the Chelsea Flower Show last year where he was instantly drawn to a greenhouse that was displayed by Griffin Glasshouses.
“I was so impressed with the build quality and finish. The fact that it was an aluminium greenhouse was also very appealing. Having met with Griffin Glasshouses managing director, I wasted no time and placed an order for an aluminium greenhouse. I was also fortunate to find a local owner of one of their products who could give me an independent assessment of dealing with the firm.”

Measuring 12.35m by 2.4m with an entrance lobby of 1m by 2.35m, the Bradshaw’s new greenhouse stands 3.15m tall at the back and 1.95m tall at the front and is used for growing a variety of plants, fruit and vegetable.

“There is a red and a white grape vine rooted on the outside that leads into the greenhouse. In addition I will be planting a peach and a nectarine on the back wall. On the right arm the raised beds will have tomatoes and cucumbers with a kiwi fruit on the end wall. Two citrus bushes will be planted either side of the entrance lobby,” said Henry.

The greenhouse structure is fully supported on the internal steel frame and is independent of the brickwork that forms the enclosure. The whole structure is vented by an automatic roof vent and temperature activated window vents. Rainfall is collected by two internal tanks and maintained at ambient temperature.

“We are absolutely delighted with our new greenhouse, finally we have our dream glasshouse and we intend to make the most of it,” added Henry.


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Griffin Glasshouse takes pride of place in Guernsey

October 2014

Standing beautifully constructed in a residential garden on the west coast of Guernsey is a Griffin Glasshouse – making it a focal point in the grounds.

Used for growing fruit trees and vines - the 65 foot by 18 foot glasshouse has added to the natural beauty of the garden.

“We are absolutely thrilled with our Griffin greenhouse. Working with local tradesman Griffin Glasshouses operated within the planning restrictions to ensure like-for-like was replaced, albeit going from wood to steel and aluminium. We wanted to keep the feel of a traditional Guernsey Vine house and our new glasshouse ticks all the right boxes. The quality is exceptional,” said the owner.

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NGS Glasshouse at Stonehealed Farm

August 2014

“We chose a Griffin free standing glasshouse because of the excellent quality of the product.."

Listed as one of the top 25 Sussex gardens to see, Stonehealed Farm opens for charity under the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) and invites visitors to experience the wonderful rural setting.

Adding to the natural beauty of Stonehealed Farm now stands a Griffin Glasshouses greenhouse. The Sage 4.9m x 2.6m glasshouse is from the Company’s NGS collection enabling charities like Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help for Hospices, and The Queen’s Nursing to benefit from the sale of this glasshouse.

“We chose a Griffin free standing glasshouse because of the excellent quality of the product. The service we received was very friendly and personal. The fact it has a NGS connection was a bonus,” said owner, Fiona Smith.

“The glasshouse has only recently been finished. I grow lots of vegetables from seeds. I have currently got tomatoes, chillies and basil growing plus some pelargonium and salvia plants and cuttings. I am also trying out a bougainvillea, something I have always wanted. The new glasshouse will be brilliant for over-wintering my many tender plants.”

The Griffin glasshouse is produced in the Victorian style with steeply pitched roofs, narrow glazing panels, decorative spandrels inside and finished with traditionally styled ridge fittings and finials. They are made by Griffin using the highest quality, maintenance free aluminium that is specifically designed to give the appearance of traditional wood.

“I am delighted with the glasshouse. It is both functional and beautiful. The ventilation is superb. I can be out all day without any worries. During the very hot recent weather, the temperature inside remains the same as outside even with the door kept shut. The hinged staging is such a simple and clever idea making the space even more versatile,” add Fiona.

All glasshouses in the NGS collection are named after garden herbs and Griffin donates 5% of the proceeds to the charity. Each year the NGS opens almost 4000 private gardens in England and Wales and, from the proceeds, gives more than £2.5 million annually to cancer, nursing and gardening charities.

Linda Lane, managing director of Griffin Glasshouses, explains: “A number of private gardens that open for the NGS already have our glasshouses and we have created this collection in cooperation with the charity to reflect them. It is an ideal association between our two organisations and enables anyone to buy a glasshouse with a unique association whilst aiding the charity.”

Visitors to Stonehealed Farm are welcome by appointment for groups of ten plus. Admission is £4 and children go free.

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Blue Griffin Glasshouse takes pride of place in Hampshire Garden

August 2014

“We are thrilled with our blue Griffin greenhouse."

Standing against a 1.8m high wall within a small 9x15m garden, Amanda Bailey’s eye catching blue Griffin glasshouse has become a focal point in her grounds.

Used for growing a variety of flowers and fresh produce including tomatoes, peppers, chillies, aubergines and basil in the summer - to - cinerarias, pelargoniums, gerberas and freesias in autumn-spring, the blue glasshouse has added to the natural beauty of Amanda’s garden which from next year will be open to the public as part of the National Garden Scheme (NGS)*.

“We are thrilled with our blue Griffin greenhouse. The construction of a single skin brick wall and internal support load bearing posts in the front corners is a very clever design. The glazing bars are also narrow giving elegance to the structure. The materials are of good quality and the additional items such as benching, folding shelving and the galvanised cattle trough for water collection make it a real horticultural building,” said Amanda Bailey.

“The blue works well with our overall property and surroundings. We had already changed our front door to blue to compliment the bricks and this worked well. There is a hedgerow behind the wall which is green when in leaf through summer. The glasshouse also is full of predominately green plants. I wanted this garden "sculpture" to have definition not be lost within the garden.

“Be brave with colour choice, local brick and stone tones should be considered. We are very excited about opening our garden next year for the NGS.”

For more information on Griffin Glasshouses go to www.griffinglasshouses.com

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* Every year NGS gardens across England and Wales welcome about 750,000 visitors. Most gardens which open for the NGS are privately owned and open just a few times each year. Some gardens open as part of a group with the whole community involved. The gardens give all the money raised directly to the NGS.

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THE KENTISH ALPS – IN A GLASSHOUSE

June 2014

“I am absolutely thrilled with it,” says Dr Cooper. “It was a very specific design and Griffin Glasshouses exceeded all the expectations.”

On a high ridge in mid-Kent there is one of the most unusual glasshouse features in the country – an ‘Alpine’ outcrop with a regular stream of fresh air, sunshine and shade.

Dr Adrian Cooper’s Griffin Glasshouse has been specifically designed to accommodate an 8-ton Kentish Ragstone mound that is home to some of the most rare Alpine plants growing in Britain.

“Working with Griffin Glasshouses, we designed the 16’ x 24’ glasshouse so that the ventilation would produce a constant cross stream of fresh air. To try to further emulate natural Alpine conditions the structure is deliberately sited to catch maximum sunlight until the afternoon when, as would happen in Switzerland, it dips into shade,” explained Dr Cooper, who is a geo-chemist.

His Kentish Alpine house is home to more than 400 plants from his collection of 2000+. They have been his life-long passion. Some of the more rare varieties have been skilfully grown by him from seed and cuttings, other come from friends and specialist growers throughout Europe.

“It’s really a giant rockery,” he explains. “I knew the conditions I wanted and Griffin Glasshouses’ technical director, Paul Smith, quickly and correctly interpreted them into the final design. It took about two weeks to erect and a major part of its success is the controlled ventilation.”

There is a massive roller blind shade on the south facing roof and side plus two full-length roof vents and two full-length side vents. These are mechanically operated and further temperature control is achieved by two fully opening doors at the two gable ends of the glasshouse.


All the inside paths are paved with reclaimed York stone and the glass house sits on a 2.5 ft high wall built using reclaimed bricks with lime mortar.

“I am absolutely thrilled with it,” says Dr Cooper. “It was a very specific design and Griffin Glasshouses exceeded all the expectations.”

Griffin Glasshouses’ Paul Smith added: “It has been a fascinating challenge to try and replicate a high altitude location using just positioning, ventilation and shading. This is a very traditional looking glass house but is constructed using the very latest materials so that it is virtually maintenance free.”

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GLASSHOUSE COSTS CUT BY DESIGN INNOVATION

June 2014

“Brickwork can cost as much as a third of the overall cost of a glasshouse,” says Griffin Glasshouses technical director, Paul Smith.

A new design initiative by the UK’s leading bespoke glasshouse manufacturer that was launched at the Chelsea Flower Show cuts the cost of greenhouses by several thousand pounds.

Griffin Glasshouses has redesigned some of its structures so that insulated aluminium panels reach down to floor level, removing the need to have brick footings.

“Brickwork can cost as much as a third of the overall cost of a glasshouse,” says Griffin Glasshouses technical director, Paul Smith. “By continuing the structure to ground level the visual solidity of the base is achieved without the cost of brickwork.

“A recent glasshouse that would normally have cost £40k would have actually been £10k cheaper because we did not need the brickwork. The other major advantage is that it speeds up the whole installation programme,” adds Paul.

Griffin Glasshouses has not had to reinforce their aluminium frames to accommodate the new designs. All the glasshouse structures are produced at the company’s facility at Ropley in Hampshire. Some of the bespoke glasshouses will still require brick footings.

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MAXIMISE GLASSHOUSE SPACE WITH FOLDING STAGING

May 2014

Almost all Griffin Glasshouses can now be fitted with ‘fold away’ benches to give more growing space during the season.

The company’s patented folding staging design provides ideal accommodation for seed boxes and pot plants but, when the growing season arrives, can be simply folded down to reveal the growing area.

“It is a very simple but highly effective solution, particularly in smaller glasshouses where space is at a premium,” says Griffin Glasshouses technical director, Paul Smith, pictured with the staging.

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Griffin Glasshouse Takes Pride of Place at Coton Manor

The Griffin Glasshouse is bespoke in design and perfect for our requirements. We are delighted with our greenhouse; it not only looks great but it helps us raise much needed money for charity when Coton Manor Garden opens for the NGS.

April 2014

The installation of a Griffin Glasshouses greenhouse at Coton Manor in Northamptonshire three years ago has proved to be an essential part of nursery life ever since at the garden.

This peaceful ten acre garden occupies a hillside position extending down from the 17th century manor house, constructed of mellow Northamptonshire stone. Landscaped on different levels, it comprises a series of distinctive smaller gardens, providing variety and interest throughout the season, and enhanced by flowing streams, fountains and ponds. Beyond the confines of the garden, there is a magical five acre bluebell wood and a colourful wildflower meadow at its best in June & July.

As well as enjoying the garden, many visitors are drawn to the Victorian style Griffin Glasshouses greenhouse which houses propagators, young plants and over-winter 1000 sweet peas.

Caroline Tait, Coton Manor nursery manager, said: “The Griffin Glasshouse is bespoke in design and perfect for our requirements. We are delighted with our greenhouse; it not only looks great but it helps us raise much needed money for charity when Coton Manor Garden opens for the NGS.”

Every year NGS gardens across England and Wales welcome about 750,000 visitors. Most gardens which open for the NGS are privately owned and open just a few times each year. Some gardens open as part of a group with the whole community involved. The gardens give all the money raised directly to the NGS. Charities supported by the NGS include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help the Hospices, Crossroads Care and Alzheimer’s Society.

Visitors to Coton Manor can also explore the extensive nursery, take light lunches or teas from the Stableyard Café, or visit the garden shop. Garden courses complete the range of activities available at Coton.

Linda Lane, Griffin Glasshouses managing director, said: “Griffin Glasshouses are thoroughly 21st century in design and maintenance. They are produced from the highest quality, maintenance-free aluminium. Our product range also includes an NGS collection. The NGS receives 5% of the proceeds from the sale of every glasshouse in this collection.”

Coton Manor will be open to the public on:

Tuesday 1st April to Sat 27th September (Tuesdays to Saturday)

Also Bank Holiday Weekends (Saturday, Sunday, Monday), and Sundays in April and May
12 noon - 5.30pm

Conton Manor Garden will open for the NGS on Tuesday 6th May from 12pm-5.30pm

For further detail visit: http://www.cotonmanor.co.uk/opening_times.php


For more information on Griffin Glasshouses go to www.griffinglasshouses.com

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Woodlands Garden a Focal Point for Remembrance and Rehabilitation

February 2014

The Woodlands Garden project is an ambitious undertaking that seeks to convert a special part of Royal Marines Condor – home to the 800 men of 45 Commando Royal Marines – into a focal point for remembrance and reflection for the unit, past and present.

The garden which is situated within a Royal Marines establishment is open to friends and family of the deceased. Captain Robertson Royal Marines said, “Back in the 40-70’s the garden was a working vegetable garden. The idea was to turn a muddy field into a calm and reflective environment that men, families and friends of 45 Commando Royal Marines can enjoy and relax in”.

“As part of the restoration project we have had a new Griffin Glasshouses greenhouse installed to link the present use of the garden to its original function. It is primarily used to propagate plants and flowers and we have recently adding a raised stone bed and heating within it. The greenhouse has been used for private functions by military personnel and is open to invited local community groups to enjoy. Having it has helped transform the garden into a place of retreat.”

Linda Lane, Griffin Glasshouses managing director, said: “Although harking back to bygone days, Griffin Glasshouses are thoroughly 21st century in design and maintenance. They are produced from the highest quality, maintenance free aluminium. To ensure authenticity in the design features our technical director visited original Victorian glasshouses at various stately homes throughout the UK.”

Captain Robertson Royal Marines added, “The garden restoration project is all about reaffirming what the garden used to be – reaffirming life.”

For more information about the 45 Commando Woodlands Garden Trust please visit the Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/45-Commando-Woodlands-Garden-Trust/137843916229679

For more information on Griffin Glasshouses go to www.griffinglasshouses.com

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Recent Gales Blow a Bonus to Local Glasshouse Company

January 2014

*Coverage appeared in the Hampshire Chronicle Winchester

The recent gales – and forecasts of more to come shortly – have blown an unexpected bonus to a local specialist glasshouse company.

Griffin Glasshouses of Ropley near Winchester has received requests to repair storm damage with costs ranging from more than £80,000 to restore a Victorian structure to a few pounds to put in new glass panels.

“The quotes have been sent out,” says Griffin Glasshouses managing director, Linda Lane, “and with more storms on the horizon, we are gearing up for more repair work.”

The Victorian glasshouse is at an historic garden in Kent and the owners selected Griffin because of the company’s skills both at repairing old structure and also replacing them with virtually like for like new ones.

“Our modern glasshouses have all of the elegance and beauty of Victorian and Edwardian greenhouses but are made using the latest technology and are maintenance free,” adds Linda.

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Photograph caption: Linda Lane, managing director of Griffin Glasshouses

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Griffin greenhouse takes pride of place at Bank Farm House

January 2014

*Coverage appeared online: Beautiful North Yorkshire

Bank Farm House in Oulston, North Yorkshire and its barns were semi derelict and had not been lived in for nine years when it was purchased in July 2010 by Mr and Mrs Christopher Stratton.

The couple took on the ambitious restoration project which has taken three years to complete and now features a beautiful Griffin Glasshouses greenhouse.

“The place was like a bomb site when we bought it,” said Christopher. “We had the greenhouse installed in November 2012 which has given the site real character and charm with its Victorian features.

“It is used for plant and vegetable propagation and is linked to the new vegetable garden which kept us well supplied in the first year.”
Design and price were key factors that helped the Stratton’s choose a Griffin Glasshouses greenhouse.

“Their structures are well designed with light glazing bars due to the sub frame design. This means that they look as close to the traditional timber lean to greenhouses as possible, they are not fussy and are aesthetically pleasing. The price we think also represents good value,” added Christopher.

Linda Lane, Griffin Glasshouses managing director, said: “Although harking back to bygone days, Griffin Glasshouses are thoroughly 21st century in design and maintenance. They are produced from the highest quality, maintenance free aluminium. To ensure authenticity in the design features our technical director visited original Victorian glasshouses at various stately homes throughout the UK.”

A ground source heat pump and PV panels have also been installed above the greenhouse at Bank Farm House to produce low cost, green electricity which also helps power the heat pump.

“It’s all as sustainable as can be with loads of insulation in the house and converted barns,” said Christopher.

For more information on Griffin Glasshouses go to www.griffinglasshouses.com

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Plant Sales in Oxfordshire Village Help Raise Money for the NGS

January 2014

Since 2009 Lindy Farrell, Liz Cooper and Sue Russell from Oxfordshire have been helping to raise money for the National Garden Scheme (NGS) by selling purpose grown plants at Blewbury Village - when the gardens there open for the NGS.

Standing 9 foot wide and 14’ 6” long, a Griffin Glasshouse is used to grow on seedlings and cuttings of unusual perennials for sale. It is also used to protect tender perennials and to grow tomatoes in season.

Lindy said, “The Griffin Glasshouse is perfect for our requirements. I was able to specify every feature and so in essence, I have a unique, bespoke glasshouse for an off the peg price. The internal load bearing structure halved the number of bricks needed for supporting walls saving construction costs; the staging is strong enough to climb around on and the rainwater collection tank is invaluable. In addition we had a huge choice of colours to choose from.

“Overall the service and attention to detail given by Griffin Glasshouses was excellent. We are delighted with our greenhouse; it not only looks great but it helps us raise much needed money for charity when the Blewbury Village gardens open for the NGS.”

Every year NGS gardens across England and Wales welcome about 750,000 visitors. Most gardens which open for the NGS are privately owned and open just a few times each year. Some gardens open as part of a group with the whole community involved. The gardens give all the money raised directly to the NGS.

“Charities supported by the NGS include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help the Hospices, Crossroads Care and Alzheimer’s Society. Last year we donated £2,000 from the sale of plants to the NGS,” added Lindy.

Linda Lane, Griffin Glasshouses managing director, said: “Griffin Glasshouses are thoroughly 21st century in design and maintenance. They are produced from the highest quality, maintenance-free aluminium. Our product range also includes an NGS collection. The NGS receives 5% of the proceeds from the sale of every glasshouse in this collection.”

Blewbury Village gardens will next open for the NGS on Sunday 15th June from 2-6pm

For more information on Griffin Glasshouses go to www.griffinglasshouses.com

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Wells community garden group enjoy Griffin Glasshouses greenhouse at The Bishop’s Palace

November 2013

*Coverage appeared in the Wells Journal

With its traditional Victorian style architectural features, the Griffin Glasshouses’ greenhouse at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells is attracting local schools, community and special needs groups, encouraging them to become involved in vegetable and cut flower propagation as well as growing their own tomatoes and cucumbers.

Bespoke in design and standing 3.5m tall, 4m wide and 16m in length, the classic Victorian design of the greenhouse was a major draw for The Bishop’s Palace.

James Cross, the head gardener at The Bishop’s Palace, said: “The glasshouse’s Victorian styling really appealed to us and the cold frames in front are extremely useful. It is also low maintenance and is custom designed to our specific requirements.

“We use it for propagation and share it with a community garden group which includes locals, schools and special needs groups in Wells. It is great that so many people can enjoy our beautiful glasshouse. We hope to utilise the back wall for training fruit in the future.”

Linda Lane, Griffin Glasshouses managing director, said: “Although harking back to bygone days, Griffin Glasshouses are thoroughly 21st century in design and maintenance. They are produced from the highest quality, maintenance free aluminium. To ensure authenticity in the design features our technical director visited original Victorian glasshouses at various stately homes throughout the UK.”

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Photo caption: Senior pupils from Wells Cathedral School in Somerset working as part of their community activity program at The Bishop’s Palace - Griffin Glasshouses greenhouse
For more information on The Bishop’s Palace please visit http://bishopspalace.org.uk/community-garden.

For more information on Griffin Glasshouses go to www.griffinglasshouses.com

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National Garden Scheme glasshouse collection will aid charity

October 2013

*Coverage appeared in: Country Living (Oct issue) & The English Garden (Oct issue)

Griffin Glasshouses, the family owned creators and manufacturers of bespoke greenhouses for connoisseur garden owners, has launched a collection of five designs in support of the NGS.

All glasshouses in the National Gardens Scheme Collection are named after garden herbs and Griffin donates 5% of the proceeds to the charity. Each year the NGS opens almost 4000 private gardens in England and Wales and, from the proceeds, gives more than £2.5 million annually to cancer, nursing and gardening charities.

Glasshouses in the NGS Collection are produced in the Victorian style with steeply pitched roofs, narrow glazing panels, decorative spandrels inside and finished with traditionally styled ridge fittings and finials. They are made by Griffin using the highest quality, maintenance free aluminium that is specifically designed to give the appearance of traditional wood.

They are available in any colour and have a unique capping system that insulates the glazing bars, reducing heat loss. Other features include automatic windproof ventilation, internally draining gutters, completely hidden fixings and a range of accessories: foldaway staging and shelving and internal water storage and pumping.

Linda Lane, managing director of Griffin Glasshouses and daughter of the founder, explains: “A number of private gardens that open for the NGS already have our glasshouses and we have created this collection in cooperation with the charity to reflect them. It is an ideal association between our two organisations and enables anyone to buy a glasshouse with a unique association whilst aiding the charity.”

Liz And Richard Ramsay, who open their Surrey garden at Nutfield for the NGS every second year, said: “In the garden at Little Priory, we had a Victorian glasshouse, sorely in need of repair. We could have replaced it with a timber structure but, instead, decided to do as the Victorians would have done: innovate. We liked the idea of Griffin’s aluminium frame. The new glasshouse looks as if it belongs in the garden – it even slopes down as the old one did. But the modern materials and design mean it will last long into the future and won’t require regular painting.”

Nutfield with its Griffin Glasshouse will be open for the NGS in 2014 on the weekends of 14 and 14 June from 5.00pm until 8.00pm and, on Sunday 15th from 11.00am until 5.00pm.

Glasshouses in the collection are:
Sorrel – 2.6m x 3.7m
Thyme – 2.6m x 3.7m plus flat fronted porch
Fennell – 2.6m x 4.9m
Sage – 2.6m x 4.9m plus flat fronted porch
Rosemary – 3m x 4.9m plus extending porch

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Griffin Glasshouse is home to a spectacular National Plant Collection in Hook

October 2013

*Coverage appeared in thegardeningtimes.com

Plant enthusiasts can now enjoy the National Collection of Crassula species beautifully housed in a Griffin Glasshouses’ greenhouse in Hook which incorporates traditional Victorian style architectural features.

With over 100 different species within the Collection, plantaholic Amanda Whittaker from Hook in Hampshire received the National Collection status last year and has steadily built up the plant group since then in her bespoke Griffin glasshouse.

“I wanted a customised and high quality glasshouse and the Griffin range ticked all the right boxes in terms of authentic styling, cost and low maintenance” said Amanda.

“My 3x3m glasshouse is the perfect size for our small garden and for housing my National Collection. I have always been interested in succulents and the ways in which they have evolved to adapt to their environment. I was given a small Ripsalis as a child from an uncle who was head gardener at the time and who had an amazing greenhouse jam-packed full of bizarre looking plants.

“My dream was to become a plant hunter, like the heroes I had read about; Joseph Banks, Daniel Solander, Carl Thunberg for example, but having a young family meant that this was going to be out of the question. I then came across Plant Heritage*, and as they say, the seed was sown. If I couldn’t go out into habitat to study and collect plants, then looking after a National Collection was the next best thing.”

Visitors to Amanda’s Griffin glasshouse will also be able to see many other succulents including Crassula cultivars, Sedums, Euphorbias and Aeoniums as well as enjoy tea and cakes in her sub-tropical garden.

Linda Lane, Griffin Glasshouses managing director, said: “Although harking back to bygone days, Griffin Glasshouses are thoroughly 21st century in design and maintenance. They are produced from the highest quality, maintenance-free aluminium. To ensure authenticity in the design features our technical director visited original Victorian glasshouses at various stately homes throughout the UK.”

The National Collection can be viewed at anytime by appointment between March and November. The first Open Day is planned for July 2015.

To book an appointment, please contact Amanda Whittaker on 07905 925015 or email amanda@crassula.org.uk
For more information on Griffin Glasshouses go to www.griffinglasshouses.com

For more information on Plant Heritage contact the National Office on 01483 447540 or go to www.plantheritage.com

Photo caption: Amanda Whittaker with her National Collection of Crassula species

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*Plant Heritage is the world’s leading garden plant conservation charity, bringing together the talents of botanists, horticulturalists and conservationists and the dedication of keen amateur and professional gardeners. Through the National Plant Collections and the Threatened Plants Project, Plant Heritage encourages the conservation of cultivated plants in the British Isles.

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VICTORIAN REVIVAL – MORE THAN A SEE-THROUGH EVENT

September 2013

*Coverage appeared in: Romsey Advertiser & Hampshire Chronicle Winchester

British glasshouse enthusiasts are driving a revival of interest in Victorian design and architecture according to the UK’s leading bespoke producer.

The family run Griffin Glasshouses of Ropley near Winchester in Hampshire has identified a clear trend over the past five years and now, the majority of their made-to-measure designs reflect the specialist features that were common in structures created in the Victorian era.

“We are talking about highly decorative spandrels, steep pitches to roofs, narrow glass panes and highly decorative finials at the ends of the ridge,” says Griffin Glasshouses managing director, Linda Lane.

“A high proportion of our work is either replacing older structures or adding on to existing ones. In all cases the designs are totally bespoke to the task in hand.”

Although harking back to bygone days, these Griffin Glasshouses are thoroughly 21st century in design and maintenance. They are produced from the highest quality, maintenance free aluminium at the Ropley factory. All bolts and fixings are completely hidden and the frames are powder coated to any colour the customer chooses.

To ensure authenticity in the design features, the firm’s technical director, Paul Smith, visited original Victorian glasshouses at various stately homes throughout the UK.

“Although produced from aluminium they do have a traditional wood-look. They can be finished in a complete palette of colours but the majority are either Pebble Grey or Mineral Green, although we have had orders for black and even turquoise,” adds Linda.

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Photo: Griffin Glasshouses managing director, Linda Lane & technical director, Paul Smith

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HAMPSHIRE FIRM GIVES GLASSHOUSES A VICTORIAN MAKE OVER

September 2013

*Coverage appeared in The Landscaper

Garden glasshouses are going back in time as customers demand they look as authentically Victorian as possible.

A local company, Griffin Glasshouses from Ropley near Winchester, is taking its latest replica structure to an international exhibition in London next week. The firm is putting the finishing touches to a domestic garden glasshouse that will be the centrepiece of their stand at the Landscape Show taking place at Battersea Park (24/25 September).

Before shipping it to London, managing director Linda Lane and technical director Paul Smith, check the authenticity of one of the Victorian styled spandrels that now feature in more than half of their total glasshouse production.

“Over the past three years the demand for Victorian styled glasshouses has grown dramatically. They now account for more than half of all sales. Although they may look Victorian they are thoroughly 21st Century in design and maintenance,” says Linda.

To ensure accuracy Paul has visited original Victorian glasshouses at stately homes throughout the UK.

He says: “The major features are the steeper pitch of the roof, the intricate designs of the metal work, narrow glass panes and decorative finials at the ends of the ridge.”

“All of our Griffin glasshouses are tailor-made to order. They are produced from the highest quality aluminium, which is maintenance free. All the bolts are completely hidden and the frames are powder coated to any colour the customer chooses,” added Linda.

All glasshouses are produced at the Ropley factory. For more information on Griffin Glasshouses go to www.griffinglasshouses.com

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Photo caption: Griffin Glasshouses managing director, Linda Lane & technical director, Paul Smith

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New Victorian Styled Glasshouse Work Bench

July 2015

This year, as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, Griffin Glasshouses launched a range of glasshouse work benches with a Victorian-styled theme.

It is part of the company’s drive to generate maximum authenticity but without the high levels of maintenance associated with historic structures of this type.

Visitors to the Hampton Court Flower Show were among the first to see one of the Victorian style benches with cast aluminium detailing displayed in a large Griffin glasshouse.

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