The new RHS Chatsworth Flower Show in Derbyshire, UK, from 7-11 June 2017, is looking very big with Wedgwood as offical headline partner and an exciting new FreeForm category of show garden.
Designed to encourage real freedom of expression without the usual judging constraints of an RHS show garden, FreeForm will explore the connections between people, plants, sculpture and art. With eight gardens to confound, delight and confront, this promises to be a a refreshing change from that ‘Chelsea look’. Tony Heywood and Alison Condie will put together a ‘Pic ‘n’ Mix’ garden that shows a dark and surreal side of Chatsworth and its countryside setting – where
“the fake, real and synthetic collide – a modern-day garden grotesque.”
Well-known garden designers building more traditional show gardens include Jo Thompson, Paul Hervey-Brookes, Jackie Knight and Sam Ovens, who will create a special garden for Wedgwood. Other designers at the show include Sheena Seeks, Tanya Batkin, Gary Breeze, Martin Cook and Lee Bestall.
The ‘RHS Garden for a Changing Climate‘ by Andy Clayden, Dr Ross Cameron of Sheffield University and RHS Scientist Eleanor Webster, presents two different scenarios for a small suburban garden, ‘now’ and the ‘future’ – 2100 – when our climate will become increasingly warmer and drier in summer, but also more turbulent with intense, sometimes unpredictable heavy showers. Walking between these two scenarios the visitor will learn about the RHS report Gardening in a Changing Climate, to be published in April, and the science that underpins the selection of plants that are able to cope with this new environment.
With over 42,000 tickets already sold, Chatsworth is going to make a big entrance on to the international garden show stage.