Scotts of Thrapston will be celebrating our monarch’s 90th birthday on 21 April with a summerhouse fit for a queen.
The auspicious date not only marks 90 years since the birth of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, but also the first day of the annual Harrogate Spring Flower Show where Scotts of Thrapston has been exhibiting its range of summerhouses for many years.
Given these two significant calendar events fall on the same day, the Scotts summerhouse team thought it only fitting to style one of its summerhouses at the show with a royal theme.
The Sun Ray Garden Room, one of Scotts’ larger summerhouses, will feature a standalone sofa, bedecked with scatter cushions depicting the union flag and the Royal crown. Union Jack bunting and commemorative memorabilia, including plates, books and pictures will also adorn the summerhouse.
Scotts will also be marking the occasion with a show prize draw to win a royal themed afternoon tea hamper.
James Scott said: “It seemed only fitting to mark the Queen’s birthday in this way with the date corresponding with the show. We created a Jubilee summerhouse in 2012 and had a great response to that so we think visitors to the show will enjoy the royal summerhouse at Harrogate Flower Show this year.”
The regal Sun Ray Garden Room will be joined on the Scotts of Thrapston stand – GS12A – by the Baltimore and Newhaven summerhouses, together with the RHS Arbour.
Scotts of Thrapston is a family run business established more than 95 years ago. Third and fourth generation family members are actively involved in the day to day running of the company and the range of quintessentially British summerhouses have become popular throughout the country and are synonymous with quality and elegance.
The range on show at Harrogate
The Sun Ray Garden Room is ideal for entertaining all year round with adequate space to seat up to eight people in comfort. The traditional style building has the option of a slate effect glass fibre roof or a cedar shingle roof.
The Newhaven Corner Summerhouse is thoughtfully designed for a corner setting with careful consideration given to the use of space. This summerhouse opens up to create a spacious airy room and, as with any of Scott’s summerhouses (excepting the Polebrook), can be specified with a shelf feature as an optional extra within the back panel. The shelf, featuring two diamond leaded windows, provides additional storage for drinks, books or a radio to be close to hand.
A popular classic summerhouse, the Baltimore features three attractive diamond-shaped leaded windows to the rear, lockable doors with casement style windows and brass ironmongery to finish. Extending the seasons, the windows can be opened up during a warm day or closed to provide a garden retreat when the weather is cooler.
As with all of Scotts’ octagonal summerhouses, the Baltimore can be specified with an optional rotating base which takes inspiration from Victorian gardens. Allowing the summerhouse to turn easily to follow the sun as it moves throughout the day or to simply change the view of the garden, rotating garden buildings were a particular favourite of George Bernard Shaw. As can be expected from Scotts’, every last detail is carefully considered and the rotating base is always hidden by a timber skirting to match the chosen colour finish.
The RHS Centenary Arbour offers a combination of practicality and quality design. Compact enough to slot into the smallest of gardens it provides a large tool store and a covered seating area for a chance to relax at the end of the day after the hard work is done.
The 2016 Harrogate Spring Flower Show runs from 21 to 24 April and is open between 9.30am and 5.30pm (4.30pm Sunday). The Scotts of Thrapston display can be found in the shopping area, on stand GS12A.
The Harrogate Spring Flower Show is organised by the North of England Horticultural Society. All profits from the shows are returned to the charity and used to promote gardening and horticulture in the North of England.