16 July 2014 By Billy Hawkins
We’ve been looking forward to this time - when all the stars align, the wind is in the right direction and we can assemble our greenhouse at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
We have enjoyed the support of gardeners at Kew for decades, in particular Greg Redwood, Head of Great Glasshouses – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew:
“I’ve been talking about Alitex for years, both to professional and amateur gardeners and also to my students – the head gardeners of tomorrow. With my students we have toured some of the awe inspiring estates in the UK which have Alitex greenhouses and we have collectively been impressed with what we have seen."
In recent years The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Alitex formed a unique partnership, borne of years of friendship and mutual understanding. The aim is to help shape the future of glasshouses and the growing experience within – our objectives are the same and as such the partnership was a natural one. This collaboration of expertise ensures that Alitex remains at the forefront of greenhouse development, where we have been for some time – but we are never a team of people ready to rest on our laurels.
Our greenhouse will be found in the Director’s Garden at Kew, replacing an older wooden greenhouse, which means access will be for those invited to functions and events held there – rather than wider public access.
With a wealth of vines already rampant in the old (now dismantled) greenhouse, our team are assembling the new Alitex one around these plants – quite a challenge when you look at these images!