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Victorian Greenhouse

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A Place to Socialise

In Victorian times, the greenhouse was often adapted as a place to socialise – inviting friends for afternoon tea, pondering and marvelling at the display of exotic exhibits... adding to the idea that the greenhouse could be adapted as an additional room in which to entertain.
[In keeping with this tradition, the greenhouse at the London Syon Park hotel will include a Chef's Table where hotel guests will be able to dine in unique surroundings and experience Lee Streeton's famed 'Landscape Cooking'.]

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Above: Robert (left) and Lee inspect progress of the herb and vegetable seedlings, early April 2011

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Above: Robert Stoutzker at the entrance to the greenhouse in March 2011

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Greenhouse History

With the abolition of the glass tax in 1845, the window tax in 1851 – and the recent invention of plate glass – came the birth of the great Victorian Glasshouse, the most renowned being the Palm House at Kew Gardens in London. READ MORE >

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The focal point of the Edible Garden at London Syon Park is a 40ft ‘Victorian’ Glasshouse (supplied by Hartley Botanic). The main structure was put in place early in March 2011, and in June the new Chef's Table (incorporating an old butcher's block) was installed at one end. The exterior is currently being landscaped and will eventually include an Outdoor Kitchen for Executive Chef Lee Streeton. READ MORE >

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PROJECT UPDATE: JUNE/JULY 2011
Please come back soon to read the latest updates on what is happening in the greenhouse. To read interview with Robert Stoutzer by Jacky Hobbs, go to >



Above: June 2011, the new Chef's table in the Hartley Victorian Grand Manor glasshouse provides
a unique, nigh-ttime dining experience for the guests of London Syon Park hotel.





Above: Early April, after just three weeks seedlings are flourishing in the greenhouse, fruit trees have been planted and landscaping around the greenhouse is underway




Above: The newly-built, 40ft 'Victorian' Greenhouse in mid March 2011, London Syon Park. This expansive, double-doored toughened glass, aluminium structure is 4 metres wide, over 11 metres long, and more than 4 metres high

 
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PROJECT UPDATE: MARCH 2011
March is always a very busy time for vegetable gardeners and the Hotel’s greenhouse is going to be a hive of activity this month as we start to propagate our season’s cucumber, courgettes, marrows, pumpkins and herb just to name a few. In all, something like 1,500 seeds are going to be started off over the next few weeks. The rest of the vegetable seeds will be sown direct during the coming months to optimise the succession harvesting season. REPORT BY Robert Stoutzker




Above: The 'Victorian' Greenhouse was supplied by Hartley Botanic Greenhouses and was a perfect choice for the surroundings


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Above: The greenhouse is being equipped (March 2011) and made ready. It is already being used to propagate herbs, vegetable seeds and salad leaves ready for planting-out in the spring. The new heaters (above right) have arrived



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