A very different kind of show

Cutting-edge design in the heart of Derbyshire


Chatsworth HouseFor the first time in more than a decade, the RHS is embarking on a new show with a style and content unlike any of its existing events.

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show will run from 7-11 June 2017 and will be set 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 will seek to expand on current offerings and surprise and delight visitors with an immersive horticultural event experience.

Its overarching theme is ‘Design Revolutionaries’ and will celebrate 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.

Gardens and features

Cutting-edge designCutting-edge design will be the focus of the garden content, with many different fresh ideas being showcased. In addition there will be also be a focus on ‘Future Heritage’, which looks to incorporate local crafts and skills such as dry stone walling and use it in a contemporary way.

A new category, FreeForm, will encourage sculptural designs and features without limits, creating fantastic spectacle for visitors to enjoy.

Students and new designers will also have a chance to get their design skills noticed in a new competition ‘Gardening in a Changing World’, which will link with the Society’s new Science Strategy. The selected designs will be produced as a 3D model to be exhibited at the show, where an overall winner will be announced.

As with other RHS events, local community involvement will be significant and groups and schools will be invited to share their projects at the show.

"Our aim is to create a new show that champions the horticultural innovation of today and the future, and encourages exhibitors to be progressive and think outside the box"
Nick Mattingley, RHS Shows Director.

Getting around

Rather than the grid system used at other RHS events, the show will be laid out to reflect the natural curves of the landscape, maximising the estate’s far-reaching vistas and beautiful house.

Show-goers will be able to move between the different sides of the showground using specially designed bridges across the River Derwent which will become key features of the show content. One bridge will be created in the Palladian style and while it will have a traditional look from the outside, the inside will be decorated with an unexpected floral installation.

The Great Conservatory

Zantedeschia-Starry-NightAt most RHS shows a vast marquee is used to house the nurseries and plant specialists and their fantastic displays. The Floral Marquee at RHS Chatsworth will be named 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 will be 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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