New Alitex Mono Pitch Greenhouse – to be Launched at Chelsea Flower Show

Posted on: April 3rd, 2012 by Rob

Alitex is launching a new Mono Pitch lean-to greenhouse design at Chelsea Flower Show this year – stand number MA09. The steeply pitched roof provides a striking design, together with two entrances and built in cold frames (as shown above).

Nelly Hall from Alitex says: “We are very excited to be showing a lean-to Mono Pitch greenhouse at Chelsea this year. We have never shown one before and believe we are the first to build one at the Show, because the required rear wall height makes it a difficult exercise. A Mono Pitch design is an excellent representation of a truly bespoke greenhouse and creates a unique growing environment. We are frequently asked to build Mono Pitch designs in our replacement projects, such as the aluminium greenhouse we have recently built to replace an old timber one that had badly decayed at the Fulham Palace Vinery.”

Alitex has always shown freestanding greenhouses at Chelsea before but say that the advantages of a lean-to design are that if it is placed against a south facing wall this will heat up like a radiator and the greenhouse will therefore contain the heat. Lean-tos can be easier to heat and ventilate than freestanding designs where one side of the roof receives more light and heat than the other and, therefore, they can require additional ventilation to improve air circulation. The extra height of the Mono Pitch creates the perfect growing spot for fruit trees and vines too. The sighting of a lean-to greenhouse is very important as it only has one side and half a roof to collect sunlight, so it is important for the building to get plenty of sun for as much of the day as possible, plus consideration needs to be given to the fact that in some locations the afternoon sun may be too hot.

The greenhouse and surrounding garden at Chelsea are being planted by the national charity Thrive, who has a working relationship with Alitex having collaborated with the company when their stand won the prestigious RHS Award of Excellence last year. Alitex has built a large greenhouse in the herb garden for Thrive in Battersea Park and the charity has been busy growing plants and herbs for the stand, which is going to feature a large, flourishing vegetable garden. Sue Stuart from Thrive said: “We are delighted that Alitex has put its faith in us to help fill their greenhouse with wonderful plants that our gardeners have grown from seed. Being at Chelsea again is a huge boost for the gardeners and really gives them something to strive for. Not everyone can say that they have grown plants for such a prestigious show!”

Staying with the home produce theme, the Alitex stand will also be displaying a greenhouse from their National Trust range (example shown above). These slightly smaller greenhouses can be tailored to the individual client with a choice of benching. The Scotney design will be nestled into a smaller urban or cottage sized garden, complete with vegetables and cottage-style plantings. Alitex is proud to say that plantings will be provided by Garden & Estates Manager Giles Palmer and his team from the National Trust’s Chartwell garden in Kent.

There are seven designs in the popular National Trust Greenhouses range with a multitude of internal layouts available, making each greenhouse unique to the owner. Each greenhouse is freestanding and is named after a celebrated National Trust garden. They are available in six heritage colours including Sussex Emerald, Greensand, Chalkhill Blue, Yew Tree, Downland Stone and Wood Sage and offer a multitude of personalised internal options. There are a number of accessories available including fitted benches, heaters, propagators, reservoirs, external blinds, traditional lights and cold frames. Prices start at £9,750.

National Trust Greenhouses combine the benefits of traditional design with new technology. Features of the National Trust Greenhouses include a lifetime guarantee as they are constructed from low maintenance aluminium and by using expertly moulded glazing bars – which give the appearance of timber – they offer all of the beauty of wood with none of the drawbacks. Traditional style ornate cast spandrels and cast vent handles are used and the roof is steeply pitched for optimum ventilation.

The National Trust chose Alitex for this partnership due to the company’s experience of replacing historic structures with modern day equivalents that satisfy the strict requirements for listed properties, conservation areas and heritage sites. Alitex greenhouses can be found in some of the National Trust’s most historic gardens including: Hidcote Manor Garden, Gloucestershire; Sizergh Castle, Cumbria; Standen House, West Sussex, Peckover House, Cambridgeshire and The Vyne, Hampshire.

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