During the Victorian era in erstwhile England, Victorian greenhouses were prevalent among the nobility and upper classes. Often considered to be the golden age for greenhouses, Victorian greenhouses, at the time, were being built by ambitious botanists who constructed these detailed, extensive greenhouses to reflect their prosperity. Nowadays, a Victorian greenhouse is considered to be the perfect blend of elegance and quality.
A Victorian greenhouse in your garden and home adds a feel of the old country style, a touch of glamour if you will. As they were a symbol of status, these greenhouses were soon found in many a traditional Victorian-era garden. And today, modernized versions of these styles of greenhouses can be found in many a type of garden all over the world.
But What Is A Victorian Greenhouse Exactly?
A Victorian greenhouse has some core design attributes
Steep roof: A steep roof at an angle of 45 degrees helps with the transmission of light and more importantly, gives the greenhouse that extra bit of height. Specimen plants such as peach trees or banana plants love the additional room both for physical and environmental reasons. The greater height allows for supplemental air inside the space, thus resulting in a more natural and stable atmosphere within the greenhouse.
Period features: As expected, a Victorian greenhouse has period features. For example, some have cast aluminum spandrels at both the eaves and the ridge. These add both strength and style and give that high-class effect to your garden.
Glass panels: Traditionally, a Victorian greenhouse may have had narrower glass panels than the now-standard 2ft wide panels. However, the modern grower knows that abundant light transmission is more desirable. So, most of the Victorian greenhouses today have narrow glazing on the gable ends (for that classic Victorian era look) and broader 3ft wide panels along the length for better growing conditions.
Why Buy A Victorian Greenhouse
Built to last: Victorian greenhouses are built to be strong and permanent, and to resist high winds and snowfall all year round.
Stunning design: They are beautiful and are a classic addition to any space while combining style and function.
Extra height: The extra height from the steep roof is extremely useful for most plants and home growers.
Glass and Polycarbonate: There are multiple options to choose from between glass and polycarbonate Victorian greenhouses.
Choosing the Right Kind of Greenhouse: Glass Or Polycarbonate
Both these types of greenhouse (Victorian) offer distinct advantages. Depending on your needs, you can make the right choice.
Glass greenhouses let in a lot more direct light whereas the polycarbonate plastic lets in diffused light, and is generally better for plant growth. Having said that, some plants do grow better in direct light.
Glass greenhouses don't retain heat for long, whereas the double-wall construction of a polycarbonate greenhouse makes it a much better heat retainer. Again, depending on the plants that you’re growing, and the weather in your town, one or the other can be better.
Glass greenhouses tend to be more fragile, whereas a polycarbonate greenhouse is at risk of tearing and scratching and needs extra treatment. That being said, glass greenhouses require more maintenance compared to polycarbonate greenhouses.
The cost of glass greenhouses and polycarbonate greenhouses can vary based on the source and quality of the material.
Both glass greenhouses and polycarbonate greenhouses are neither overly easy nor too difficult to install.
Exaco and Janssens Victorian Greenhouses at ShopGrowSpaces.com
While looking at Victorian greenhouses, you'd have come across both Exaco and Janssens. Janssens is a Belgium manufacturer who has been building beautiful Victorian greenhouses since 1946 in its state-of-the-art facility. Exaco is the supplier who brings these stunning greenhouses to the USA. And we at ShopGrowSpaces sell them to you, the customer!
You'll see Exaco and/or Janssens on the product name, as they’re used interchangeably here in the US. Either way, you’re getting top Victorian greenhouses at the best prices and customer support!
The Junior Victorian J-VIC 24 Greenhouse offers the perfect environment for a garden, throughout the year. The sleek black aluminum profiles, toughened glass panels, the 8 ft. 2 in. high roof, and ample 5 ft. sidewalls combine to give you a gorgeous glass greenhouse (Victoria), which has 96 sq. ft. of internal workspace with a full view of the surrounding area all year round.
2. Janssens Junior Victorian J-VIC 23 Greenhouse 8ft x 10ft
The Janssens Victorian J-VIC 23 Greenhouse is one of the top high-quality greenhouses designed by Janssens, a Belgium manufacturer. It comes with a greenhouse frame, 3" frame extension, 4 mm tempered glass windows, a sliding frame door, and two opening roof windows. Substantial rubber seals, which have improved insulation, hold the 4 mm tempered glass windows in place.
3. Janssens T-Shaped Junior Victorian Orangerie 10ft x 13ft
The Junior Orangerie Greenhouse is beautiful, high quality, and energy-efficient and is designed to grow and protect your plants in every season. For those who want to use their glass greenhouse to pursue their hobbies and hold social gatherings, the Junior Victorian Orangerie is perfect. This traditional English greenhouse puts a spotlight in your garden while offering the latest insulation and functionality of modern technology.
4. Exaco VI 36 200 sq. ft. Royal Victorian Vi 36 Greenhouse
One of the best greenhouses in the “Helios” line designed by Janssens, the Royal Victorian Vi36 Greenhouse is a classic English greenhouse with the best insulation and modern-day tech. Janssens has improved on the overall design and internal growing environment since its initial release while keeping the price lower than comparable models in this segment. The Vi36 is available in three sizes and is ideal for almost any home application.
Similar to the J-VIC 24, the Junior Victorian J-VIC 25 Greenhouse provides an all year gardening experience. The 120 sq. ft. interiors are encased by beautiful black aluminum profiles, tempered glass panels, 5 ft. sidewalls. This glass greenhouse stands tall at its full height of 8 ft. 2 in. and gives one a great view of one’s surroundings while working comfortably in its ample interiors.