chatsworth 1Not strictly a local, South East event this one! But the first ever RHS flower show within the beautiful grounds of the famous Chatsworth House, Derbyshire seems too good an event not to share on our ‘What’s On’ page.

Though this ground breaking (pardon the pun) show isn’t until next year, the tickets have just gone on sale recently, and given it’s the first event of its kind at Chatsworth, these are hot horticultural tickets so you’ll need to order them early.

chatsworth 2Chatsworth Flower Show also promises to deliver something fresh. Where Chelsea provides a good dose of old-fashioned glamour and perfection and Hampton Court (as the largest RHS show) provides a lively atmosphere and a chance to buy plants, Chatsworth is looking to carve itself a niche as the show which champions true design innovation. With show garden categories including ‘Freeform’, the event promises to allow designers a ‘blank page’ to develop some of their most avant garde ideas – expect something radical, in gardening terms!

There will also be a stunning reconstruction of Joseph Paxton’s glasshouse (designer of Crystal Palace), which will house the floral displays and plant stands, and as ever, there will be ample opportunity to buy plants and high quality garden and homewear.

Laurent-Perrier-Best-Show-GardenIf you’ve always wanted to visit the ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped gardens of Chatworth but never found time or reason enough – then now’s your chance. You can also see Dan Pearson’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (gold medal winning/ best in show) garden – many aspects of which have been relocated back to Chatsworth.

Tickets can be purchased via the RHS website, starting at £32.50 per person for full day tickets (10am – 6.30pm) and £21.50 for afternoon entry (3.30pm – 6.30pm). For full details of tickets, highlights and planning your visit, go to the webpage.