A hive of activity ahead of RHS Chatsworth show

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Colour transparency by Patrick Taylor. Born in France in 1938, Taylor studied English at Edinburgh University. Following travel in Greece he worked for Collins publishers in Glasgow, and later the London office. He then ran the academic book list for Methuen before setting up 'open books' specialising in education and sociology. When this company split a move to Somerset led Taylor to develop his interest in gardening and garden photography. A friend, writer Penelope Hobhouse asked for his help in writing and organising 'Gardens of Europe'. This further inspired him to devise, write and photograph some 21 other gardening titles including 'Gardens of Britain & Ireland'.

Chatsworth House is a hive of activity this week, as it prepares to play host to the first ever RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

On June 7, the iconic house will throw open the gates of its 1,000-acre estate for the annual RHS Flower Show - after an incredible 19 months of planning - and more than 85,000 people are expected to attend the five-day spectacular.

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

Set in the stunning grounds of the 300-year-old home, the show will offer visitors the opportunity to experience Capability Brown’s unforgettable landscapes, relax on the banks of the River Derwent, and indulge in views of one of the UK’s most spectacular stately homes. The showground will cover 43 acres and will host 350 exhibitors from across the UK.

Show Manager Jenny Jenner said: “The RHS Show Team is currently hard at work alongside a skilled group of contractors to create this must-see event. The site has already welcomed the Show Garden and FreeForm designers who have been working come rain or shine to transform their plots. Hundreds of exhibitors from artisanal and connoisseur backgrounds, from trade stands to nurseries, are now being introduced into the show ground. Some extra special things to look out for include the FreeForm installation Behind the Scenes by Barbara Negretti & Elisa Tomat, who made the long journey from Italy with their spectacular creation: a pair of giant hay hands measuring over 2m high. The installation, Behind the Scenes, celebrates the hard work and dedication of those who do all the practical work and hard graft building professional gardens.

“The Palladian Bridge, concept by Matt Saxon and design by celebrity florist Jonathan Moseley, is taking shape and in its full and finished glory will show a giant floral serpent rising up from the depths of the river Derwent and entwining around the bridge, with a beautiful and hidden walk through to the other side of the bank and the re-imagining of Paxton’s Great Conservatory. The Great Conservatory with its 14-metre inflatable dome is starting to take definite shape in the heart of the showground.

“We started building the show during a very rainy week, but the sun has been shining recently, so everyone involved has pulled out all the stops for what is sure to be a spectacular first show in the stunning grounds of the iconic Chatsworth House.’

Chatsworth – which was chosen thanks to its rich gardening history – will hold the ‘Design Revolutionaries’ themed show in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society, as part of the society’s line up of shows which includes Chelsea, Hampton Court Palace, Tatton Park and London. Exhibitors will include an RHS Feature Garden, eight Show Gardens, eight Freeform Gardens, 186 Trade and Lifestyle Stands, 88 Floral Marquee and Plant Village nurseries, six Show Features and 38 Great Taste exhibitors.

The event will also feature community participants – including Bug Hotels, Well Dressing and Perfect for Pollinator Containers.

And award-winning Sheffield based landscape company, James Bird Landscapes, has been selected to bring to life the complex garden design belonging to lead sponsor, Wedgewood. The team will plant more than 4,000 plants in the English garden space which has been described as ‘a contemporary take on a living space, blurring the relationship between indoors and outdoors.’

Among the many delights for the eyes will be a few treats for the taste buds, with plenty of inspiration and skill on the menu from The School of Artisan, which will be demonstrating how to grow, select and use tasty ingredients at very low cost.

Visit www.rhs.org.uk to see the show’s full programme of events.