Chelsea 2016: Preparing for the show

Thomas Messenger Greenhouse at Torberry

After our success at RHS Chelsea Flower Show last year, including winning best trade stand, we've set Uncle Jim the task of growing our kitchen garden again ready for the 2016 show. Whilst our high pressured sodium lamps are mimicking the warmer season our seedlings are beginning to grow as signs of spring continue to emerge. From onions and leeks to beans and carrots we'll be showing you the versatility and limitless options of growing in an Alitex greenhouse.

Lemon Tree in the Thomas Messenger Greenhouse
These vegetables will all need a home at the show and we are excited to announce the launch of a brand new greenhouse; The Ickworth. This will be the eighth structure completing our National Trust collection. Named after Ickworth House in Suffolk, this impressive cruciform structure features two lobbies and will be home to a variety of flowers, herbs and vegetables. See the full list below.

When choosing a name for the greenhouse, Ickworth house immediately sprung to mind. The house is a stunning Georgian palace set amongst an idyllic landscape with Italianate gardens and a colourful heritage. In 2009, the National Trust discovered the forgotten journal of Mr Coster, Head Gardener at Ickworth during the early 1900s. His planting notes give insight to his responsibilities of maintaining the beautiful surroundings and walled garden. Today, Thanks to the National Trust the Estate's heritage lives on in the extensive parkland.

This year there will be a record number of Alitex structures at Chelsea. On the Alitex stand (MA429) we will exhibit the Ickworth, the Hidcote (the smallest structure in our National Trust range) and a conservatory which will be host to Hawthorn's 'Gin Palace'. In addition our Thomas Messenger greenhouse will be taking pride of place on the Bowdens Hostas stand in the Floral Marquee.

Potted Seedlings of Beetroot and Leeks


Growing vegetables in our greenhouse
List of seedlings so far:

Broad Beans
Cos Lettuce
French Beans
Grasses reviving from last year
Red Cos Lettuce
Round Lettuce
Spaghetti Squash
Spring Cabbage
Sweet Peppers

Keep checking back to follow our journey to Chelsea 2016!

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