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History of Greenhouses
  • Greenhouses, in one form or another, date back 1,000 years.
  • Europeans in the 1200s – 1400s used greenhouses called “Orangeries” to store their evergreen orange trees over the winter months.
  • In 1845, England repealed the excise duty on glass making it cheaper to incorporate glass into the construction of the orangeries, which later became known as glasshouses.
  • In the 1800s, there were increases in collecting exotic plants and using greenhouses for social gatherings.
  • There were major developments in architectural and engineering practices with the use of iron and glass.
  • The Victorian style conservatory era helped shape modern architecture.
  • Cast-iron was introduced as a refined building material.
  • Components such as a truss, rain gutter, or column, were cast with elaborate connection joints.