RHS Chatsworth set for another successful year

Designers from across the country are set to create stunning show gardens at the 2019 RHS Chatsworth Flower Show (5th to 9th June) partnered by Wedgwood. The theme of this year’s show will celebrate the five senses of horticulture with the taste and smell of edible herbs, plants and flowers, the touch of a variety of natural textures and the sight of high summer colours.

This year sees four categories of garden including BBC Regional Gardens, Mindfulness Gardens, Show Gardens and Gardens without Boundaries. The popular Long Borders category has also attracted a strong field.

Exciting new content will include the mass planting of thousands of Dahlia (Dalina Maxi) ‘Salinas’ and an impressive Power of Trees feature as well as a spectacular floral immersion experience.

Visitors are set to be inspired by the quality and variety on show this year, with leading designers from Paul Hervey-Brookes who will be creating the ‘Brewin Dolphin Artists’ garden‘, to Jamie Butterworth who is designing ‘the Wedgwood Garden‘.

Leading the sensory experience will be a passionate group of florists who will be coming together to create an explosion of colour, scent and unique floral design, housed within a covered scent filled walkway. The display will feature hundreds of varieties of flowers, creating a rainbow of colourful blooms which will climb walls, cascade from the ceiling and surround visitors in a fabulous celebrating of uplifting flower power.

The important role of trees within our world will be explored in the new Power of Trees feature, showcasing some of the great ways that trees enhance our lives. Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, RSPB and the Forestry Commission will showcase the vital and extensive role that trees have in our lives, as well as encouraging people to plant them in a bid to help battle climate change.

A Virtual Reality experience created by 3D expert and VR designer, Simon Mabey will engage visitors further in the tree display as they experience the wonder of wildlife from the trunk to the treetop.

(Above: one of our favourite gardens from 2018 ‘Hay Time in the Dales’ designed by Chris Myers.)

An RHS Wildlife Garden will demonstrate how the UK’s 24 million gardens can be transformed into a network of nature reserves encouraging once common garden visitors such as hedgehogs, house sparrows and starlings back through native and non-native planting.

Liz Patterson, RHS Chatsworth Flower Show Manager points out that it is apt that the show will be celebrating the senses as gardens and gardening engage all five: “From the sound of a breeze through the treetops to the taste of ripe fruit or the touch of soft grasses, anyone and everyone can relate. Being the RHS’ newest show, we’re building on the success of the last two years and are really pleased to announce that our Long Borders competition has nearly doubled in entries, we can’t wait to see these popular displays this year.

Our Floral Marquee will be bursting with 80 growers and nurseries including RHS Chatsworth’s Master Grower Pennard Plants. We also have a fantastic line up of experts in the Potting Bench and Dig In theatres. There’s shopping galore and plenty of family-friendly workshops and great community and schools competitions. We’ve definitely got something for everyone to enjoy at our stunning show,” said Liz.

The RHS Chatsworth Flower Show will run from 5 – 9 June 2019.
Tickets to RHS Chatsworth Flower Show can be bought at www.rhs.org.uk/chatsworth

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