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Fun for all the family

Visitors learnt to feed bees, listen to trees and found a gigantic caterpillar, all at the 2019 Chatsworth Show

The RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2019 offered the perfect day out for all of the family, with workshops, talks, storytelling and den making all making an appearance at the show. 

Feeding the bees

Visitors made seed balls for bumblebees in a hands-on workshop provided by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

The seed balls contained a seasonal mix of bumblebee-friendly flowers to provide a feeding station for bees in visitors' gardens, including cottage garden plants and native wildflowers such as sunflowers, nasturtiums, red clover or ox-eye daisies. Visitors could then take their seed ball home to pop in a pot or border.

Tree listening 

The secret life of trees was revealed in 2019. Visitors that headed to the Show Feature, the Power of Trees, could take part in tree listening and heard the very life of the tree surging up from the roots towards the leaves.


Guests joined award-winning storyteller and author Sophie Snell for traditional tales from Derbyshire and further afield – folktales, myths and legends that featured the magic of trees and flowers and the wildlife that lives beneath their shelter.

Sophie was nominated for the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence in 2013 as an Outstanding Female Storyteller. 

Well Dressing

Well Dressing in front of Chatsworth House
Visitors could learn all about the traditional local craft of well dressing and try their hand at this ancient custom in the Well Dressing ‘Have a Go’ Marquee.

The seasoned creators from Spiral Arts demonstrated well dressing and gave visitors some ideas for creating their own.  

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Enjoy the Very Hungry Caterpillar family trail
Visitors wiggled their way around the showground with The Very Hungry Caterpillar on our family trail. The caterpillar’s route around Chatsworth featured giant-sized pieces of fruit that he’d munched his way through. 

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.