RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2019 Highlights Announced

Wednesday 6 March 2019

• Striking display of thousands of Dahlias • Incredible sensory floral immersion experience • Power of Trees celebration


From 5-9 June, the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) newest Show, RHS Chatsworth Flower Show partnered by Wedgwood will return to the magnificent 1,000acre Chatsworth Estate bursting with exciting new content including a mass planting of thousands of Dahlia (Dalina Maxi) ‘Salinas’, an impressive Power of Trees feature and a spectacular floral immersion experience, to wow visitors and thrill the senses.

The theme of this year’s show celebrates the five senses of horticulture with the taste and smell of edible herbs, plants and flowers, the touch of a variety of natural textures, the sight of high summer colours and the sound of bees, grasses and tree listening.

Leading the sensory experience, a passionate group of florists will be coming together to create an explosion of colour, scent and unique floral design in an immersive floral extravaganza. 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 celebration of uplifting flower power.

Inspired by the resounding success of last year’s Cosmos display, a mass planting of thousands of Dahlias will create a striking vision of lilac and white. Designed to echo the iconic parterres of Chatsworth House, visitors will be able to walk amongst the blooms to fully enjoy the beauty of this vibrant summer flower.

The important role trees play within our world will be explored in the new Power of Trees feature, showcasing some of the great ways trees enhance our lives. Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, RSPB and Forestry Commission will showcase the vital and extensive role that trees have in our lives and will encourage people to plant them in a bid to help battle climate change. There’ll be a tree nursery, story telling, woodland crafts, carving, arborist talks and even tree listening in this exciting new zone.

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.

Other show highlights include a show garden inspired by one of the RHS founders, John Wedgwood in ‘The Wedgwood Garden’ by horticulturalist and RHS Ambassador Jamie Butterworth. This colourful garden celebrates the power of horticulture and plants to connect people and unite communities.

A special feature ‘The Brewin Dolphin Artists’ Garden’ designed by multi award winning designer Paul Hervey-Brookes will showcase the skills of a variety of artists from across the UK, including textile art, Japanese porcelain and basket weaving.

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.

Finding peace through gardening will also be brought to the fore through five new Mindfulness Gardens that champion wellbeing and mental health in their design.

Liz Patterson, RHS Chatsworth Flower Show Manager, said: “It’s so apt that we’re celebrating the senses at our 2019 show 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.”

The RHS Chatsworth Flower Show will run from 5 – 9 June.

Tickets to RHS Chatsworth Flower Show can be bought at rhs.org.uk/shows


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RHS Chatsworth Flower Show (5-9 June 2019)

5 June RHS members only
6 – 9 June RHS members and non-members

5 – 8 June 10am - 6.30pm
9 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 £27.50 to £36.50. 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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