A delightful mix of gardening inspiration, spectacular summer colour, have-a-go workshops and unique shopping within a magnificent setting.
Chatsworth House Garden covers 105 acres and is managed by a team of 20 gardeners, three trainees and 50 volunteers. The house and garden were first constructed by Sir William Cavendish and Bess of Hardwick in 1555.
The RHS Chatsworth Flower Show is partnered by Wedgwood. It is thanks to John Wedgwood, the son of the celebrated potter Josiah Wedgwood that the RHS exists. John, born at his father’s pottery works at Etruria, Staffordshire in 1766, first suggested the idea of a Horticultural Society in a letter to William Forsyth, one of King George III’s head gardeners, in 1801. He was its first Chairman and founded the Horticultural Society of London alongside Sir Joseph Banks in 1804.
Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. It is a family home, a working farm and a living landscape.
The house is renowned for the quality of its art and landscape, containing works of art that span 4,000 years, from Ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture, and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese, to work by outstanding modern artists, including Lucian Freud, Edmund de Waal and David Nash.
Fascinating show facts
- The show site is approximately 21 hectares in size; big enough to fit 26 football pitches
- The biggest bridge span is 51 metres
- We used 5000m of trackway in 2017
- Exhibitors have just 3.5 days to create their amazing displays in the Floral Marquee, which are judged the day before show opens
- Sir Joseph Paxton’s Great Conservatory at Chatsworth, demolished in the 1920s, was the inspiration for the centrepiece at the heart of the 2017 show. A representation of the majesty of the original conservatory was created using the latest in inflatable technology
- The raised beds in the Great Conservatory contained more than 30 large trees and palms and nearly 6,000 plants
- James Wood of Totally Wild UK foraged the ingredients for his cookery demonstration on the Artisan Kitchen Theatre on his walk to the show
- Both the Wedgwood Show Garden and the Institute of Quarrying Show Garden have now been rebuilt and opened in their permanent homes at World of Wedgwood and the National Memorial Arboretum
- A planted container was roped off and left in situ for two weeks post show as a bird had made a nest