RHS Chatsworth

RHS Show highlights by Charlie Noton

The RHS shows are well underway!

First up for us was the World Famous Chelsea Flower Show. This year looked to be strong as ever with some world class gardens on show. The highlights from Chelsea for us this year, were Mark Gregory’s ‘Welcome to Yorkshire Garden’, Andy Sturgeon’s ‘M&G Garden’ and Joe Perkins ‘Facebook Garden’ - three beautifully produced gardens that really told a story.

The joys of show gardens for me is the world class horticulture and craftmanship on show. To produce a garden in 18 days for the world to see is special. The gardens demonstrate the strength that UK Horticulture really does have and cements that our industry is truly amazing.

Chatsworth has to be set in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the country.

Set with in the grounds of Chatsworth House, many gardens are able to borrow the rolling hills of the landscape around the house. The gardens this year were of a high quality but the star of the show for me was Jamie Butterworth’s ‘Wedgewood garden’. His Fagus sylvatica Atropurpurea standard was a show stopper at any show. Cornus kousa and Fagus sylvatica Atropurpurea Domes anchored the structure in the garden with some superb herbaceous planting to finish the garden off.

 Really looking forward to seeing the delights of Hampton Court…

From left to right:

Chelsea: Jonathan Snow, Thomas Hoblyn, Andy Sturgeon, Mark Gregory, Laurélie de la Salle
Chatsworth: Jamie Butterworth