RHS Chatsworth garden to highlight Peak District

Fabulous landscapes and the formal gardens of the area’s many historic houses have inspired official tourist board Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire’s imaginative show garden at the first-ever RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

Award winning designer, Lee Bestall, will create the ‘Experience Peak District & Derbyshire Garden‘ in the Show Garden category at the new show which runs from 7th to 11th June 2017.

Lee, (pictured below) whose business Bestall & Co is based at Renishaw Hall and Gardens in north Derbyshire, has focused on the health-promoting and mood-boosting benefits of fresh air and fantastic views in his simple, yet striking design.

The design encompasses a central mown path leading through rough grass inspired by the fields of Derbyshire. The second half of the garden is inspired by the formal gardens of the great houses with its clipped topiary and modern herbaceous planting.

The garden is sponsored by Marketing Peak & Derbyshire; Hope Cement; A Breedon Group Company; the Camping & Caravanning Club and Peak District Premier Cottages, and will be built by JPH Landscapes, Sheffield.

Lee is delighted to be working on the garden: “It’s a great pleasure working with Marketing Peak District and Derbyshire to create a show garden illustrating the wide range of informal and formal open spaces where people can relax and feel reinvigorated in this beautiful area,” he said.

Tourist director, Jo Dilley, is delighted with Lee’s design, as it reflects the variety of the area’s natural and man-made landscapes and gardens in a relatively small space: “Interest from visitors in the first-ever RHS Chatsworth Show is high,” she said. “It will be a great opportunity to showcase the Peak District and Derbyshire to tens of thousands of people from both Britain and overseas.

Some of our accommodation providers are already reporting anecdotally that they are fully booked during the show, which is great news for local businesses and the area’s economy, and I’m sure availability will be at a premium as June draws nearer.

“We’re really looking forward to being part of this prestigious event, which will help to put our world-class destination even more firmly on the map.”

Interest in the new RHS Show is high and more than 42,000 tickets have already been sold. The overarching theme will be ‘Design Revolutionaries’ drawing inspiration from famous figures such as Sir Joseph Paxton and Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

For more information about RHS Chatsworth visit: : https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chatsworth-flower-show

Photo and banner credit: ©Lee Bestall