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We're going to have to replace our greenhouse this autumn but know next to nothing about the best make/type to buy.  And should we buy it from a local company or online?  

Our current one is 30-40 years old and totally basic.  We would like to be able to overwinter plants in the new one and have some automatic heat control for summer bedding plants and seedlings.

Finally, is there a recommended time of year to buy a new one in terms of bargains?



  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,331

    Is it set on a foundation of some sort? Like a brick wall? You may find that modern green house dimensions don't quite tally with it. So if you have a base that you want to keep, I think you should start vy checking the dimensions of the ones for sale and get the closest.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • John HardingJohn Harding Posts: 541

    I saw a Robinson GH a couple of years ago (an octagonal one) and thought "T|hat's exactly what I want" Then I saw the price and gulped - twice! but I bit the bullet and went for it (just over £3,000 but they had a 40% discount offer). I knew I was crackers but like the silkworm that will not eat anything else once its tried Mulberry I also knew nothing else would do - I would always be thinking "Oh why didn't I buy the Robinson!"

    Now I've had it a couple of years I know I did the right thing - there is a saying "Quality is remembered long after price is forgotten" ... However, at Gardeners World Live at NEC last year there was a greenhouse company that was of equivalent quality and much cheaper (I think it was called 'Rhino') I was talking to someone just about a week ago and she had bought a Rhino and was very pleased with it. If you are going to Gardeners World Live next week it will be worth having a look at what's on offer as there are often some very good show offers.

    Someone on this forum a few months ago had moved into another property that had a Robinson GH and didn't want it (I'd bet that didn't hang around long) so keep looking around, there just might be a good deal coming up from someone wanting to sell or give away a redundant GH. Also just type greenhouse into the ebay search bar and see what's on offer.

    PS. Just done a quick search on eBay and there is a Robinson 6x6 toughened glass GH on offer for just £80. Don't know where you are but it is in Chatham (Kent) 'buyer to collect'


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  • Chris 25Chris 25 Posts: 50

    The Greenhouse people  online do many special deals

    and at great prices have a look in the sale department you will be suprised at what you can get some with hundreds of pounds off, some complete with stageing and other extras worth a visit image

  • LorrainePLorraineP Posts: 218

    I'm expecting delivery of my GH from The Greenhouse People on Monday.  I was a  little unsure of buying online but the price was so competative I bit the bullet and went for it.  I had been looking around online and locally and The Greenhouse People gave the best value for me, it was discounted.  I'm getting a Simplicity Stableford, green coated, 10' x 8', with 3 roof vents, and 2 louvre vents, and toughened glass for £1038 including delivery to south Cumbria (at the end of a 40 Mile cul-de-sac).  I have been happy with their communications and hopefully their service when its delivered.  It could be worth keeping an eye on their site as offers vary and are time limited.  

  • Mark 499Mark 499 Posts: 380

    My greenhouse came from The Greenhouse People, no problems ,all the componants were there, delivered on time, easy to assemble.

  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 1,455

    Might be a bit late, but there are deals to be had at Gardeners World Live show at Birmingham NEC. I purchased mine there from The Greenhouse People, it was a new model usually retailing at £1,500 but they were selling them at the show for £1,000.

    Hercules Blenheim 10ft x 8ft



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