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Cutting-edge design in the heart of Derbyshire
In 2017, the RHS embarked on a new show with a style and content unlike any of its existing events.
RHS Chatsworth Flower Show sits within the 404.6ha (1000 acre) parkland of the Chatsworth Estate, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Adding to the show portfolio of the RHS, which already includes shows at Chelsea, Cardiff, Malvern, Hampton Court and Tatton Park in Cheshire, the Chatsworth event expands on current offerings and delights visitors with an immersive horticultural event experience.
The overarching theme of the 2017 show was ‘Design Revolutionaries’ and celebrated not only the creative genius of gardeners and garden designers from the past, especially Joseph Paxton who was once the estate’s gardener, but also the talent, ideas and conceptual thinking of today’s generation of designers.
Cutting-edge design was the focus of the garden content, with many different fresh ideas being showcased. In addition there was a focus on local crafts and skills.
As with other RHS events, local community involvement was significant and groups and schools shared their projects at the show.
Rather than the grid system used at other RHS events, Chatsworth Flower Show is laid out to reflect the natural curves of the landscape, maximising the estate’s far-reaching vistas and beautiful house.
At most RHS shows a vast marquee is used to house the nurseries and plant specialists and their fantastic displays. The 2017 Floral Marquee at RHS Chatsworth was The Great Conservatory in reference to Joseph Paxton's magnificent Great Conservatory originally built at Chatsworth in 1840 and demolished in 1920. A representation of Paxton's conservatory was visible from all parts of the showground, with two wings either side housing a selection of the UK's top award-winning nurseries selling a wide range of plants.
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