RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2018 Highlights Announced

Wednesday 7 February 2018

• The largest display of Phalaenopsis Orchids in the UK • A River of 12,000 Cosmos • NEW Living Laboratory to Satisfy Inquisitive Minds

From 6-10 June, the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) newest Show, RHS Chatsworth Flower Show partnered by Wedgwood will return to the magnificent 1,000 acre Chatsworth Estate with exciting new content including a river of 12,000 Cosmos and over 100 varieties of orchid, to satisfy inquisitive minds and fulfil the senses.

During Joseph Paxton’s time as head gardener the Chatsworth Estate boasted one of the most extensive orchid collections in the UK, and at this year’s show Celebrity Floral Designer Jonathan Moseley will join forces with Double H Nurseries to bring one of the UK’s largest orchid displays back to the estate.

Housed within a bespoke representation of Joseph Paxton’s Great Conservatory the display will feature over 100 varieties of the popular Phalaenopsis Orchid, creating an immersive floral extravaganza. The exotic blooms, in a sumptuous palette of lilacs, purple, pale and cerise pink through to exquisite whites will adorn a central waterfall. Suspended from the ceiling will be a riot of sculptural branches with large chandeliers dripping with mosses and tropical bromeliads from which will hang a further explosion of vibrant orchids.

A Virtual Reality experience created by 3D expert and VR designer, Simon Mabey alongside Manchester Museum and Manchester University will immerse visitors further in the tropical display as they sit suspended amongst the flowers, experiencing the wonder of different orchids through the eyes of an insect.

For the first time at an RHS Show a mass planting of over 12,000 Cosmos will create a striking vision of pink in front of the iconic Chatsworth House for visitors to walk amongst and enjoy the sweet scent and beauty of this elegant summer flower.

The important role plants play within the city will be explored in the new Living Laboratory, showcasing some of the great ways plants can help both now and in the future as urban living intensifies. Plants and technology will be on display highlighting how different varieties can help address a number of urban challenges including pollution, flooding and food scarcity.

Other show highlights include Show Gardens inspired by the local landscapes including ‘The Great Outdoors Garden’ by Sheffield based designer Phil Hirst and a celebration of ‘Hay Time in Yorkshire’ 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.

The history of Chatsworth House provides inspiration for some of the new innovative installations at this year’s show. Show partner Wedgwood are 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, an important feature in the British landscape. 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.

Liz Patterson, RHS Chatsworth Flower Show Manager says; ‘We’ve been going all out in the Chatsworth Shows Team preparing some fabulous new experiences for the 2018 Show. On top of the exciting new content the Floral Marquees will be bursting with top growers and nurseries and we have a fantastic line up of experts in the Garden and Artisan Kitchen Theatres hosting Q&A sessions, talks and demos thought-out the week. Visitors will be able to get creative in the Artisan Craft Area and we will also see the return of the popular Well Dressing competition, plus lots more!’

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



Notes to editors

For more information, please contact Hattie Sherwood in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3044 and hattiesherwood@rhs.org.uk  

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RHS Chatsworth Flower Show (6-10 June 2017)
5 June Press Day
6 June RHS members only
7 – 10 June RHS members and non-members

6 – 10 June 10am - 6.30pm
10 June 10am – 5pm

Venue: Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP

To book tickets 0844 995 9664* or www.rhs.org.uk/chatsworth
* Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.

Ticket prices range from £18.50 to £33.50. Tickets are on sale now.

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our Vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.

We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity. At our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital roles that plants undertake.

The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £13 billion industry employing more than 300,000 people. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and help us secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call 020 3176 5820, or visit rhs.org.uk/join

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