Last week I visited the RHS Chatsworth flower show in the Peak District. The show is sponsored by Wedgwood, who kindly invited me along to discover their beautiful china and their award winning show garden.
The day began early, with a press breakfast in their beautiful Wedgwood Tea Conservatory – a chance to sample some of their blended teas and discover Wedgwood’s patterned tea sets. I loved Wedgwood’s Wonderlust Tea range, such unique blends. The Strawberry and Cucumber Tea has been specially developed Bernadine Tay, a global tea curator, for the 260th anniversary collection of the Wedgwood set – Wild Strawberry Gold.
After tea and breakfast, it was time to discover the Wedgwod garden, designed by horticulturalist and RHS Ambassador Jamie Butterworth. Jamie was inspired by the vision of John Wedgwood, the founder of the Royal Horticultural Society, to use the power of horticulture and plants to connect people and unite communities.
The garden has a colour palette referencing Wedgwood’s Jasperware of rich sky blue, lush greens and deep crimson, the garden design is simple and scaled back to bring the planting to the fore. This echoes John Wedgwood’s sentiments when creating his own garden, which he described as ‘not laid out to compel admiration, but instead a homely and loveable space’. – I like this idea.
The team from the RHS gave us a tour of the gardens, meeting the designers and learning more about their design processes and inspiration behind each garden.
My favourite garden was the Elements of Sheffield garden by Emily Barnes. I could take inspiration from it for my own garden. Especially the Hay chairs! But the planting was just wonderful, even the bright red pops of Kniphofia and Achillea – it was beautiful.
As with all RHS flower shows, it gets super busy. My recent trip to the RHS Malvern Spring Show was unbearably busy, making it difficult to get close to any of the gardens or displays in the floral marquee. So my advice would be to get there at opening, 9.45am, and head to the show gardens first.
I had a lovely time at the RHS Chatsworth Flower show – not only is the show itself fantastic, but the grounds and the house are super impressive too.
website: RHS Chatsworth
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