RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2018
Thousands of people flocked to the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) superb second Chatsworth Flower Show partnered with Wedgwood.
Building on a hugely successful first year, the five-day event returned to the magnificent 1,000 acre Chatsworth Estate with plenty of exciting new features.
Visitors were wowed by a host of outstanding displays from the largest ever collection of stunning moth orchids by celebrity florist Jonathan Moseley, to a sinuous river of 12,000 delicate pink Cosmos ‘Razzmatazz’.
Flowing in front of the magnificent Chatsworth House and echoing the path of the River Derwent, the beautiful display was the first ever mass planting of a single variety at an RHS Flower Show.
Eight installations championing innovation and imagination captured visitors’ imaginations. Colourful and creative sights included a multi-coloured garland necklace and a quintessentially British garden hidden beneath a supersized bowler hat by James Alexander-Sinclair, which raised and lowered to give a glimpse of its beauty. Show partner Wedgwood celebrated the ancient heritage craft of dry stone walling in its Wedgwood; Emergence installation. And the People’s Choice award went to Brewin Dolphin’s installation, a design by Paul Hervey-Brookes that referenced a ‘lost’ village that once stood in the shadow of Chatsworth House.
Five stunning show gardens were greatly admired including Best In Show ‘The Great Outdoors’ garden by Sheffield based designer Phil Hirst and People’s Choice: ‘Hay Time in the Dales’ by Chris Myers. The John Deere Garden by Elspeth Stockwell and Jo Fairfax, took inspiration from farm buildings, ploughed wheat fields and natural woodland borders with a circular sculpture of 100 tractors celebrating the company’s centenary year.
A brand new Long Borders competition, packed full of high summer colour and plant combination ideas to take home, attracted huge enthusiastic crowds. While gardening fans were spoilt for choice with almost 100 specialist nurseries on site, offering old favourites and brand new varieties launched at the show.
Education was high on the agenda with a new RHS Living Laboratory proving popular with useful tips on what to plant to tackle pollution, flooding and food scarcity as well as showing how gardening boosts health and wellbeing.
Plenty of tips were also on offer at the RHS & BBC Gardeners’ Question Time Bloomin’ Healthy Garden, set behind the dry stone walls of a Derbyshire country garden, with advice gleaned via a walk-through display on all things plant health including tips on quarantine.
The RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2018 ran from 6th – 10th June.
Keep up to date with the latest news on future events at www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chatsworth-flower-show