The Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) newest Show, RHS Chatsworth Flower Show is set to return to the 1,000-acre Chatsworth Estate from 6-10 June.
The show will feature new content including a river of 12,000 Cosmos and over 100 varieties of orchids.
During Joseph Paxton’s time as head gardener the Chatsworth Estate boasted one of the most extensive orchid collections in the UK, Jonathan Moseley will collaborate with Double H Nurseries to bring one of the UK’s largest orchid displays back to the estate.
A Virtual Reality experience created by 3D expert and VR designer, Simon Mabey alongside Manchester Museum and Manchester University will also allow visitors to immerse further in the tropical display as they sit suspended amongst the flowers.
For the first time at an RHS Show a mass planting of over 12,000 Cosmos will be taking place in front of Chatsworth House.
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 also be featured highlighting how different varieties can help address a number of urban challenges including pollution, flooding and food scarcity.
Continuing the agricultural theme The John Deere Garden by Elspeth Stockwell and Jo Fairfax, takes inspiration from farm buildings and will feature a circular sculpture of 100 tractors celebrating the company’s centenary year.
Show partner Wedgwood are also 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.
Liz Patterson, RHS Chatsworth Flower Show manager said: ‘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 throughout the week.”