The most important factors when choosing a good greenhouse as a wheelchair user are Access, Safety and Practicality. There are many greenhouses to choose from today, to the point where it can be utterly confusing when choosing a greenhouse.
However choosing the best greenhouse with wheelchair access your choices are narrowed down to some very high quality greenhouses with specific features and we’ll go into this right here in this article.
The first thing to consider is accessibility, how easily can you enter, exit and use the greenhouse whilst using a wheelchair?
Initially the minimum size of greenhouse you’ll need will be 8ft wide, 8ft across the apex gable ends of the greenhouse. This is because this width will allow double doors of sufficient width to enter and exit the greenhouse comfortably and safely.
Not all 8ft wide greenhouses with double doors will be suitable however. This is due to the fact that most greenhouses have a base plinth that's roughly between 3 and 5 inches in height that you have to get over to enter the greenhouse. Obviously this no good at all for a gardener using a wheelchair. Therefore you need to find a greenhouse with what's called a "low threshold base" or "ground level entry point". In other words there's no "step" to impede a smooth entry in a wheelchair.
Elite Greenhouses offer their 8ft wide Belmont and Titan with low threshold bases. Eden make their excellent Zero Threshold 8ft and 10ft wide greenhouses with a completely ground level entry which again, is perfect for wheelchair users.
At Greenhouse Stores we offer greenhouse installation on most brands we sell. For a specific quote on our wheelchair friendly Elite Greenhouses or Eden Greenhouses please call us on 0800 098 8877.
The Halls Cotswold Blockley 8ft Wide Greenhouse is perfect for gardeners and growers looking for more practical working space to accommodate more plants and green fingered helpers!
Vitavia Phoenix Greenhouse has double doors, a low threshold entrance and is available in silver, green or black frame finishes.Also known as the Vitavia Arizona.
The Elite Titan 600 Greenhouse Elite’s top of the range 6ft wide greenhouse featuring the thick Core-Vect block bar aluminium frame for the ultimate in toughness and rigidity. The greenhouse includes cantilever bracing throughout as well as bar capping and a 10 blade louvre vent.
The Titan 700 Greenhouse is Elite’s range topping 7ft wide greenhouse featuring a thick block bar aluminium frame, giving it harsh weather performance like no other greenhouse on the market. The greenhouse includes cantilever bracing throughout as well as bar capping and a 10 blade louvre vent.
The Elite Titan 800 Greenhouse is Elite’s top specification 8ft wide model with a thick box section frame for stiffness. This is the ultimate aluminium greenhouse for those living in harsh and windy environments. We recommend this greenhouse for coastal gardeners and customers in very windy parts of the UK.
The Supreme Greenhouse is a large 10ft wide model, a great choice for gardeners, plant nurseries and educational use. It boasts a fully reinforced and braced aluminium frame with louvre vents as standard.
The 12ft wide Classique greenhouse is designed with the serious grower in mind. It comes complete with an 8ft aluminium shelf, 2 louvre vents and a minimum of 2 roof vents as well as a huge double door.
The Cotswold Broadway Lean to’s are high quality modern greenhouses with all of the useful design features you expect to see on a Halls Cotswold Greenhouse.
The Titan K800 8ft wide Lean to is a lean-to greenhouse that you can fully customise to suit your exact needs. It's as near as you'll get to being a bespoke lean-to. Pick from lengths from 8ft all the way to 20ft long and a choice of 9 different colour finishes and 3 glazing types.
Safety should always be a serious consideration when buying any greenhouse. It’s important to pick the right type of glazing for the area where the greenhouse is to be sited but also to ensure the optimum safety for those using it.
For this reason I’d advise totally discounting normal Horticultural greenhouse glass, it’s too delicate and dangerous if it breaks.
We should be looking for 3mm or 4mm toughened safety glass as this not only performs best when broken as it simply crumbles into little pebbles that will scratch you at worst, but also offers the best wind resistance.
In more sheltered areas where the greenhouse is less likely to be buffeted by high winds then 6mm twin wall polycarbonate may be used. It’s completely shatterproof and offers great insulation and heat retention.
Using the greenhouse once you’ve chosen the right model for you must be a pleasurable experience. If the greenhouse is uncomfortable or difficult to live with then you’ll soon go off greenhouse gardening ! Getting the right setup is essential.
Working from a wheelchair the work surfaces such as staging and shelving need to be easily accessible and comfortable to use. Our Elite models are available with Diamond Staging that is secured to the side of the greenhouse with cantilever bracing, so there are no vertical struts. This means you can get into position where the staging is right in front of you at a really comfortable working distance.
Roof vents and side louvre vents can both be fully automated very cheaply with the addition of automatic openers. The little cylinders are filled with wax that liquefies as it heats, opening your vents and as it cools and solidifies it closes them. No need to worry about reaching the roof or bending down to open louvres, it’s all done automatically.