Case Study

A Mottisfont Greenhouse for a Garden Transformation

12 October 2020 | Daisy Faughnan

Our clients have had a love of gardening for over 50 years, not only is their spare time filled with pottering around the garden, but one of them even has a part time job as a gardener in a local public garden.

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National Trust Collection

Project Overview




2.6m x 4m


Wood Sage (RAL 7032)

After first hearing of Alitex at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show and seeing an Alitex structure at The PIG on the Beach, Dorset, they decide to enquire and start their greenhouse journey. They came to our show site in Hampshire and were particularly pleased with the intricate detailing and quality engineering that goes into Alitex’s manual vent system.

Once they had seen the Mottisfont, they had a visit from one of our experienced Sales Designers to determine where they could locate the greenhouse as the access to the garden was tricky. The layout of the property and garden is such that no outside access to the upper garden exists. All building work, removal of soil and movement of materials was conducted down the main hall and corridor of the dwelling. The levelling of the site created 48 tonnes of soil which was wheelbarrowed through the corridor onto the front lawn to await collection. A similar quantity of concrete and building material was wheelbarrowed in the opposite direction.

The base works were complete by late March when the Alitex team were able to complete installation of the National Trust Mottisfont. Installation coincided with one of the year’s wettest days but thankfully the second day was blessed by glorious sunshine. Our clients were thrilled to have their greenhouse in place and ready to start growing just before we went into lockdown.

The clients decided on Wood Sage as the ash grey tone complemented their existing colour scheme around the house.

They love the new addition to their garden and whilst the top of the garden was greatly underused, the greenhouse now adds a brilliant focal point. Partly utilised for cultivation the greenhouse also hosts them for evening meals, reading and occasionally, an afternoon snooze.

Growing inside now are an abundance of tomatoes, tarragon, basil, a pelargonium collection, aeoniums and some succulents. All have produced great crops this year and are likely to feature in next year’s growing schedule along with some bulbs for the Spring.

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