A Victorian glasshouse to last the test of time

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Mr and Mrs Ramsay

Surrey

The new glasshouse looks as if it belongs in the garden…but the modern materials and design mean it will last long into the future and won’t require regular painting.

Originally the gardener’s cottage for the ‘big house’, Little Priory contains the original Victorian walled garden complete with several large glasshouses.  Mr and Mrs Ramsay chose Griffin Glasshouse to replace a large glasshouse with two partitions containing cherries, kiwis and vines.  Having already been replaced with a wooden structure which was rotting, this project was further complicated as there was a fall of 1m in the ground over its 23m length.  Griffin also refitted all the vine supports and apparently the kiwis have been the best ever in the new glasshouse.

Mr and Mrs Ramsay, who open their Surrey garden at Nutfield for the National Garden Scheme every second year, explain “In the garden at Little Priory, we had one Victorian glasshouse sorely in need of repair. We could have replaced it with a timber structure, but decided to do as the Victorians would have done: innovate! We liked the idea of Griffin’s steel and aluminium frame.”

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