Requesting a greenhouse without glass is one of the more unusual inquiries that our Marketing Department has received, but it was all in the cause of art and we were pleased to help out local designer Julian Bull create his latest installation.
Robert Hall investigates how manufacturers like Swallow Greenhouses are beginning to invest in Thermowood (Thermally Modified Wood) and analyses what this might mean for the UK garden buildings market.
It was on Monday the 27th October 2014 that I got an email out of the blue from Howard Roberts at Swallow Greenhouses GB saying
"We are introducing Thermally modified buildings. Called Thermowood. This product is excellent..."
So with great excitement, I called him to find out more about this product and what it will mean to the UK greenhouse and garden buildings market.
Swallow Greenhouses are one of the leading independent garden building companies in the UK, specialising in the manufacture and installation of quality timber greenhouses, which are delivered and installed in the United Kingdom. They have grown their range rapidly in recent years, and with good reason.
View the range of Swallow Thermally Modified Greenhouses at GardenSite.co.uk.
Quote: "Who loves a garden loves a greenhouse too." William Cowper - English Poet
Howard described how wood is modified by a process of being heated (baked) to 250 degrees in a special oven with the doors closed and the air pumped out. According to Howard the process kills the proteins and resins and shrinks the capillaries within the wood. He then used the analogy of a piece of bread and a toaster, to describe how the wood is changed to become stronger, just like a piece of toast after it has been toasted.
In the UK it is currently used for cladding large commercial buildings and commercial decking but Swallow Greenhouses are the first company to put it into the UK domestic greenhouse market. It will be interesting to see if any other UK garden building manufacturers adopt this type of wood, I will keep you updated.
Dazzling with colourful interest in the brilliant sunshine, this year's Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will prove to be a tremendous attraction for everyone as it caters for both keen gardeners and families who just what a day out in magnificent surroundings.
After all the dry hot weather that much of the country has experienced over the last few weeks, the lavender in David Coton's garden is at its most colourful and scented, he's cutting the flowerheads to make lavender biscuits or drying them for pot pourri. Here are more jobs you can do in the garden during July.
At this time of the year you'll find a fabulous selection of summer bedding at our Garden Centre in Birmingham. David Coton will be planting the bedding in containers this month to achieve a wonderful display of colour and here are some other jobs to do in the garden in June.
As part of a project designed to sow ideas, grow inspiration and cultivate futures, 300 London schools are growing their own picnic this summer and their reward could be a £500 voucher from GardenSite.