What to book: RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

Didn’t make it to Chelsea? Here’s a second chance to revel in horticultural delights

Image: Chatsworth House Trust 

This month sees the launch of the inaugural RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, which will bring an array of inspirational show gardens to the magnificent grounds of Chatsworth House, passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family and now home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Themed around ‘design revolutionaries’, the show will celebrate the creative individuals who have transformed the way we think about garden design.   

The event is sponsored by Wedgwood, which will present a must-see show garden created by Sam Ovens, a former RHS Gold Medal winner, that reimagines the traditional English garden for a contemporary audience. Informal in its design, the romantic space will feature a central ‘cocoon’ for secluded relaxation, surrounded by strategically positioned hedges and walls that create hidden zones for the visitor to discover. Brightly coloured, flowering perennials will add colour to the front of the garden, while exotic plants will spring up within the walls of the enclosed area. The water will bring a sense of serenity to the space, as well as recalling the canals that played such an important part in Josiah Wedgwood’s success story.

The Wedgwood garden

Paul Hervey-Brookes’ Institute of Quarrying garden will be another highlight, with its Brutalism-inspired hard landscaping of stone, slate, bronze and concrete, offset by simple, naturalistic planting that encourages wildlife to flourish. Then there’s the Tanya Batkin’s Moveable Feast garden, a mobile design aimed at young couples who move regularly between rented properties, and the Cruse Bereavement Care: A Time for Everything garden, by Neil Sutcliffe, which is inspired by his personal experience of terminal illness.

Institute of Quarrying garden

RHS Chatsworth will also unveil the first-ever ‘free-form’ gardens, which promote freedom of expression and celebrate the links between plants, sculpture, art and people. Look out for Jo Thompson’s Brewin Dolphin Garden, which will reflect the beauty of Chatsworth House and its sprawling grounds.

The Brewin Dolphin garden

While you’re there, don’t forget to take a breather between garden visits and stop off for a cup of tea at the Wedgwood tea conservatory, a glass of fizz at the Champagne & Seafood Restaurant or a pint of beer from local brewer Peak Ales.

The RHS Chatsworth Flower Show runs from 7 to 11 June.

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