A Flowering Triumph
Derbyshire Life|May 2017

Stunning displays and creativity are high on the list for the new RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

WITH over 65,000 tickets already sold, we can confidently predict that green-fingered folk will be flocking to Chatsworth for its first-ever Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Flower Show, sponsored by Wedgwood. A spectacular line-up has been announced that will appeal both to avid gardeners in search of inspiration and those who simply love to look at beautiful blooms and are keen to enjoy what will be a wonderful occasion.

The Show Gardens are always a main attraction at RHS Flower Shows, allowing some of the world’s top designers to showcase their skill, flair and imagination and highlight the latest trends. There will be eight main gardens, ranging from ‘Moveable Feast’ (a ‘flexible urban oasis’ that can easily be relocated if its owner decides to move), a Modernist-influenced design using tubular steel and a restricted planting palette from Agriframes and the contemporary IQ Quarry Garden, which takes inspiration from the life cycle of a quarry coupled with Brutalist architecture. ‘Cruse Bereavement Care: A Time for Everything’ (an exploration of the journey and experiences of illness), ‘Jackie Knight’s Just Add Water’ with a tranquil central pool and stream designed to entice wildlife, and Belmond Enchanted Gardens, which features naturalistic planting with a wildflower meadow are three more, while official tourist board Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire, together with Hope Cement, The Camping and Caravanning Club and Wheeldon Trees Holiday Cottages are sponsoring the final show garden, which is entitled ‘Experience Peak District & Derbyshire’. It will be built by Sheffield-based JPH Landscapes and has been designed by Lee Bestall. Award-winning designer Lee, whose business Bestall & Co is based at Renishaw Hall, has used the fabulous landscapes and formal gardens of the area’s many historic houses as his inspiration in a simple, yet striking design. Rough grass, native trees and hand-painted cows representing the area’s landscape lead through to a formal clipped topiary and herbaceous planting. Lee trained at RHS Wisley and was selected by Kevin McCloud as the first-ever Grand Designs ‘Garden Designer of the Year’. He designed award-winning gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2015 and 2016, and he and his team are also preparing for their firstever large show garden at Chelsea in 2017.

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