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Product Name: 8 x 12 (2.44m x 3.65m) Palram Essence Greenhouse - Silver
Footprint (Front Width x Depth): 2.44m x 3.65m (8' x 12')
External Dimensions (Front Width x Depth x Height) 2.44m x 3.67m x 2.29m (8' x 12' x 7'6")
Internal Dimensions (Front Width x Depth x Height) 2.40m x 3.61m x 2.25m (7'11" x 11'10" x 7'5")
Height to Ridge: 2.29m (7'6")
Height to Eaves: 1.24m (4'1")
Walls: Twin-wall Polycarbonate Panels
Frame: Aluminium
Door: Hinged double doors
Door Opening (Height x Width): 1.945m x 1.145m (6'4" x 3'9")
Door Lock: Turning door handle with facility for padlock (padlock not included)
Roof Type: Apex
Roof: Twin-wall Polycarbonate Panels
Base: Galvanized Steel Perimeter Base
Vents: 2 Manual Opening Roof Vents
Integrated Guttering: Yes
Low Threshold Entry: Yes
Colour: Silver
Optional Accessories: Yes (Refer to Choose Product Options Above)
Other Sizes Available: No
Assembly: N/A
Manufacturer's Guarantee: 5 Year Defects and Workmanship Warranty
EAN Number 7290103111496
Manufacturer's Part Number 701944
Manufacturer: Palram Applications


Please Note: Because of the lightweight materials, this greenhouse is not suitable for windy or exposed areas. In these circumstances we recommend a glass greenhouse which is heavier and will remain grounded. This greenhouse is also not supplied with a floor, so for greater stability it should be constructed on an appropriate concrete or slab base.


Too many greenhouses only provide a cramped interior space, hard to stand up inside, and causing obvious limitations for plants with taller stems. The Palram 8x12 Essence Silver greenhouse goes the extra mile in offering the room that amateur gardeners need to develop their plans for growing vibrant flower displays or wholesome vegetables. 


A range of thoughtful design features to support this increased size are worthy of your attention. For instance, two manual vents are included in the upper panels of the Essence to better regulate the temperature and humidity of the greenhouse. Opening both vents at once is a remarkably effective way of creating a draught that cools the interior on a hot summer's day. 

When accessing the Palram Essence, wide double doors with a low threshold doorway makes life easier. This is especially helpful for wheelchair users, or anyone entering with a wheelbarrow. If you would like to keep both doors open as you work, small magnetic catches at the bottom of the doors lock onto the frame and hold the doors in place. Built-in guttering that allows you to easily collect rainwater in a water butt will similarly improve your experience using the Essence, as will door handles that can be locked with the addition of a padlock already owned by the customer.

Polycarbonate glazing can be seen as a second-rate alternative to glass, and it is true that polycarbonate is a less costly material than most glass. But it is worth considering a polycarbonate glazed greenhouse like the Essence in any garden where there is a risk of damage to your greenhouse, from ball games or stray branches. The strong polycarbonate glazing used in the Palram Essence is resistant to shattering, and is highly durable; it will not turn yellow or opaque over the years. Its 'frosted' quality is excellent at diffusing sunlight, keeping the worst of the sun off vulnerable plants and bringing more light to shadier patches of the greenhouse.

This glazing is easy to slot into place in the greenhouse's frame when assembling. The frame is constructed from sturdy aluminium on a galvanised steel perimeter base for added stability. When walking into the capacious Essence for the first time, owners will also notice the additional support braces that provide improved stability to the wider scale of this model in the Palram range. 


Many owners like to give their greenhouse more capacity for growing in different ways, or simply improving the experience of using the greenhouse. Palram offers a fantastic range of accessories that is worth exploring before placing an order for the 8x12 Essence Silver. We are taken by the Automatic Vent Opener, which uses a hidden wax cylinder that expands in heat and contracts in cooler weather, forcing open and pulling closed your vent.

In the Essence, which has a more generous headroom than many other garden greenhouses, you might want to make the most of this extra height and consider adding Plant Hangers to your order. These simple items clip to your greenhouse's frame and are ideal for stringing up tall plants or hanging baskets. The Steel Work Bench or Heavy Duty Shelf Kit are also fantastic ways to increase the potential space for growing plants on different levels inside your greenhouse.

Additional Information

Customers are expected to assemble their Palram 8x12 Essence Silver greenhouse at home. Most find it best to set aside a weekend and ask a friend or two to help put the Essence together. Those who have some DIY experience will find the process more straightforward, but written instructions are included with your order and a short video from Palram shows just how easy it is. Your persistence will be rewarded with a high-quality greenhouse to last for years.

This high quality is backed up by Palram in the form of a five-year warranty. Check the details of the manufacturer's warranty prior to purchase to make sure you know the full details regarding care and maintenance – all of which is minimal with the Essence greenhouse – should you need to use the warranty.

Key Features

  • Strong aluminium frame with additional support beams
  • Wide double doors that are lockable by padlock (your own padlock must be used)
  • Generous headroom 
  • Built-in gutter system to aid collection of rainwater when using a water butt
  • Impressive eight feet of width for a comfortable gardening experience and larger potential growing area
  • A galvanised steel perimeter base for improved stability and alignment of other parts
  • FREE UK mainland delivery
  • Five-year manufacturer warranty (check manufacturer's details)


ALL DELIVERIES ARE DELIVERED TO KERBSIDE OR DRIVEWAY.This product is delivered flat packed, direct to your home and is supplied with a set of instructions to support assembly.

If you have ordered more than one item, they may arrive at different times.

For customers in certain areas (e.g. Scotland and Wales) the timescale may be slightly extended. Please note lead times are counted in working days (Monday to Friday) excluding Bank Holidays.

About the Delivery

Towards the end of the timescale (please refer to the website for your chosen product?s lead time), you will receive notification by the courier that your order has been dispatched. Your order will be delivered by one of the following carriers (we are unable to supply information on which carrier is being used for your order): DX, Panther, DPD or Tuffnells.

If delivery is by DX, it is an all-day service (8am to 6pm), you will be contacted with a text message the working day before delivery confirming your delivery date.

If delivery is by Panther, you will receive a text message the working day before delivery with your delivery date and an estimated two-hour time slot.

If delivery is by DPD, delivery information may come by text or email the working day before delivery. On the day of delivery, you will also be contacted with an estimated one-hour delivery window.

If delivery is by Tuffnells, it is an all-day service (8am to 6pm), you will be contacted by email the working day before delivery.

Please note that both elbec and Palram will be unable to supply any further information on your order during this timescale.

Upon Delivery

Your order will be delivered kerbside or on your driveway. Due to health and safety, and insurance liabilities, the driver will not be able to take your goods to the back of your property but upon request may place the product at the side of the house if there are no access issues. This is to avoid risking damage to your property while delivering to an unsafe location. We will not be able to go through your property.

We recommend against arranging for a third party to install the product before its delivery and checking that all parts are present, and we cannot be held liable for any third-party costs caused by delays.

8 x 12 (2.44m x 3.67m) Palram - Canopia Essence Greenhouse - Silver


Product code - 121011028


Description Information

The Palram 8x12 Essence Silver greenhouse is a frosted polycarbonate greenhouse with a luxurious amount of interior space. Gardeners who take growing their fruit and vegetables seriously will find plenty to love in the Essence. 

  • Walls that feature frosted twin-wall polycarbonate glazing that resists hard impacts without shattering
  • This same fantastic glazing is used for every roof panel
  • High headroom for a comfortable experience using the greenhouse (over seven feet in the middle of the greenhouse)
  • Access made easy with wide double doors that have a low threshold ramp

View full specification Delivery

Usually delivered: 7-10 Working Days.

Note: Currently not available for delivery to Offshore Post Codes.

excludes installation option
Choose additional options
Palram Manual Side Louvre Window (Silver)£95.00
Palram Automatic Louvre Vent Opener£79.00
Palram Greenhouse Twin Shelf Kit£42.00
Palram Rion Two Tier Staging£59.00
Palram Steel Workbench£74.00

Your choices:

  • 8 x 12 Essence - Silver£769.00