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RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2018

Chatsworth House
Chatsworth House. Picture; Chatsworth House Trust/RHS Media Collection

Preview of society’s newest show, June 6-10

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show will return to the 1,000 acre Derbyshire estate in June, with attractions including a river of 12,000 Cosmos and more than 100 varieties of orchid.

During Joseph Paxton’s time as head gardener of Chatsworth, the estate had one of the most extensive orchid collections in the UK.

With this in mind, floral designer Jonathan Moseley and Double H Nurseries will create an orchid display housed in a replica of Paxton’s Great Conservatory.

More than 100 varieties of the Phalaenopsis orchid will adorn a central waterfall. Suspended from the ceiling will be sculptural branches with large chandeliers dripping with mosses and tropical bromeliads from which will hang more orchids.

IQ Quarry Garden
Last year’s IQ Quarry Garden – designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, right, with the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Picture; Mark Waugh/RHS

Virtual reality orchid experience

A virtual reality experience created by 3D expert and VR designer, Simon Mabey alongside Manchester Museum and Manchester University will immerse visitors further as they sit suspended among the flowers, experiencing the orchids through the eyes of an insect.

For the first time at an RHS Show, a mass planting of more than 12,000 Cosmos will create a striking vision of pink in front of Chatsworth House.

The important role plants play within the city will be explored in the new Living Laboratory, showcasing some of the ways plants can help now and in the future as urban living intensifies.

Plants and technology will be on display highlighting how different varieties can help address a number of urban challenges including pollution, flooding and food scarcity.

Gold medal-winning Belmond Enchanted Gardens at the 2017 show. Picture; Mark Waugh/RHS

Show garden highlights

Other highlights include Show Gardens inspired by the local landscapes including ‘The Great Outdoors Garden’ by Sheffield based designer Phil Hirst and a celebration of ‘Hay Time in Yorkshire’ by Chris Myers.

Continuing the agricultural theme, The John Deere Garden by Elspeth Stockwell and Jo Fairfax takes inspiration from farm buildings, ploughed wheat fields and natural woodland borders and will feature a circular sculpture of 100 tractors celebrating the company’s centenary year.

The history of the estate provides inspiration, with show partner Wedgwood working with Chatsworth’s Head of Gardens and Landscape Steve Porter and craftsman Carl Hardman of Landmark Walling to celebrate the heritage craft of dry stone walling.

A ‘lost’ village that once stood in the shadow of Chatsworth House before being removed to make way for Capability Brown’s famous landscape is the inspiration behind Brewin Dolphin’s installation designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes.

Wedgwood Garden
Last year’s gold medal-winning designer Sam Ovens’ Wedgwood Garden Picture; Mark Waugh/RHS

Floral marquees and experts

Liz Patterson, RHS Chatsworth Flower Show manager said: “We’ve been going all out in the Chatsworth Shows Team preparing some fabulous new experiences for the 2018 Show.

“The Floral marquees will be bursting with top growers and nurseries and we have a fantastic line up of experts in the Garden and Artisan Kitchen Theatres hosting Q&A sessions, talks and demos throughout the week.

“Visitors will be able to get creative in the Artisan Craft Area and we will also see the return of the popular Well Dressing competition, plus lots more.”

Tickets to RHS Chatsworth Flower Show can be bought at www.rhs.org.uk/flowershows.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.


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