The excitement is building with just days until one of the UK’s largest flower shows throws open its gates on June 6-10.
Thousands of people are expected to flock to the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) newest Show, RHS Chatsworth Flower Show partnered by Wedgwood.
After a hugely successful first year, the five-day event returns to the magnificent 1,000 acre Chatsworth Estate with plenty of exciting new features including a river of 12,000 Cosmos, more than 100 varieties of orchid, an insightful Living Laboratory and inspiring Long Borders competition.
Liz Patterson, RHS Chatsworth Flower Show Manager, said: “We can’t wait to welcome visitors to our second show. We have packed in lots of exciting new features alongside the aspects that proved so popular last year. We’ve got something for everyone to enjoy – gardeners of all levels of enthusiasm, food fans and families too. Our fantastic line up of experts in the Garden and Artisan Kitchen Theatres are sure to inspire with their talks and demos thought out the week.
“We’re keen for visitors to get involved too in the Artisan Craft Area, the popular Well Dressing competition as well as lots more great activities.”
Visitors can expect to be 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 flowing in front of the magnificent Chatsworth House in a beautiful display that picks up on the show’s theme of movement and is the first ever mass planting at an RHS Flower Show.
They’ll also get the chance to zoom in on an insect's view inside suspended vibrating virtual reality pods inside Joseph Paxton’s Great Conservatory.
From little creatures to huge spectacles, kinetic trees, reaching five metres into the sky, will dance above the show in an incredible spectacle of movement and grace that celebrates engineering in a beautiful, poetic way.
This year there are eight installations championing innovation and imagination. Colourful and creative sights include a gargantuan foxglove, a 5m tall colourful garland necklace and a quintessentially British garden hidden beneath a supersized bowler hat which raises and lowers to give a glimpse of its beauty.
Show partner Wedgwood is working with Chatsworth’s Head of Gardens and Landscape, Steve Porter and craftsman Carl Hardman of Landmark Walling to celebrate the ancient heritage craft of Dry Stone Walling. A ‘lost’ village that once stood in the shadow of Chatsworth House before being removed to make way for Capability Brown’s famous landscape is the inspiration behind Brewin Dolphin’s installation designed by multi award winning designer Paul Hervey-Brookes.
There are also five stunning show gardens to admire including ‘The Great Outdoors Garden’ by Sheffield based designer Phil Hirst and a celebration of ‘Hay Time in the Dales’ by Chris Myers. Continuing the agricultural theme The John Deere Garden by Elspeth Stockwell and Jo Fairfax, takes inspiration from farm buildings, ploughed wheat fields and natural woodland borders and will feature a circular sculpture of 100 tractors celebrating the company’s centenary year of tractors.
A brand new Long Borders competition is packed full of high summer colour and perfect plant combination ideas to take home.
And it’s not just beautiful sights to admire, there’s plenty of practical advice for gardeners too. A new RHS Living Laboratory contains themed zones with advice on what to plant to tackle pollution, flooding and food scarcity as well as showing how gardening is a fab form of exercise and boosts wellbeing.
The RHS & BBC Gardeners’ Question Time Bloomin’ Healthy Garden, set behind the dry stone walls of a Derbyshire country garden, offers plenty of advice via a walk-through display on all things plant health including tips on quarantine.
Inspiring the younger generation is also a focus with a Grow Green Planters competition showcasing children’s creativity in a series of upcycled planters filled with fun planting.
An Eat Me Drink Me competition brings together community groups using planters to show just how many different edibles can all be grown together in one container
Gardening fans will be spoilt for choice with almost 100 specialist nurseries on site, offering old favourites and brand new varieties being launched at the show. The two floral marquees will bring a glorious riot of colour and scent for visitors to appreciate as they browse the wide variety on offer.
The RHS Chatsworth Flower Show will run from 6 – 10 June.
Tickets to RHS Chatsworth Flower Show can be bought at rhs.org.uk/flowershows