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RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2018 highlights announced

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.

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 via the RHS website.

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