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Garden Guru: RHS Chatsworth

Remember that moment in ‘Pride & Prejudice’ when Kiera Knightly first sees Mr Darcy’s home? We were all wowed along with our heroine and no matter how many times I visit Chatsworth House and Estate it ...

Remember that moment in ‘Pride & Prejudice’ when Kiera Knightly first sees Mr Darcy’s home?

We were all wowed along with our heroine and no matter how many times I visit Chatsworth House and Estate it continues to surprise and slap me in the face (in a good way), with its grand beauty. The current owners of this private estate are well aware that they are the custodians of a cultural gem which includes cutting edge developments in the history of garden design. They don’t do things by half here – when the heated green house was invented they got one too,
from the best man for the job, Joseph Paxton.
They’ve got a nice maze too,
a bit of a water feature,
and a rockery. Plus five miles of walks among rare and exotic trees etc etc.
What more could we ask for?
An exciting new public show from a world leader in all things horticultural? Well, that’s what we are getting. From 7th to 11th June the RHS are launching a brand new show which should be a wonderful event and hopefully it will breathe new life into the somewhat tired formula we are used to at Chelsea. https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chatsworth-flower-show
Sponsored by Wedgwood, the theme of the show is ‘Design Revolutionaries’, which, we are promised, will celebrate creative people who, through their foresight and innovation, have changed the way we think about gardens and garden design.
 There is an entirely new, (unjudged), category of gardens introduced which encourages freedom of expression and celebrates the connection between plants, sculpture, art and people.
And, in celebration of local rural crafts, there will be a range of demonstrations with ‘have-a- go’ elements. This will range from dry-stone walling, to willow weaving, basket making and lathe turning. Our future crafters will also demonstrate how these traditional crafts can be used to create modern less conventional pieces in keeping with the theme of the show ‘Design Revolutionaries’
Worth the trip I hope! Let me know what you think if you visit.
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