Written by Max Thrower
RHS Chatsworth Flower Show Award Winners
Best Show Garden & Best Construction
The Wedgewood Garden RHS / Neil Hepworth
Designed by Jamie Butterworth, The Wedgewood Garden has been inspired by the vision of RHS founder John Wedgewood. That is, to unite communities and connect people through the power of plants.
The garden design is simplistic, with the focus on bringing the planting to the fore. It echoes John Wedgewood's own comment about his own garden: ‘not laid out to compel admiration, but instead a homely and loveable space’.
Best Mindfulness Garden
The Space Within - RHS / Tim Sandall
Best Mindfulness Garden and an RHS Gold Medal has gone to Rae Wilkinson's The Space Within, a garden that aims to raise awareness of the innate human need to connect to nature. A moon gate provides the entrance to said space, a central area that provides a tranquil spot of meditation surrounded by a mini forest, lush foliage and flowing water.
Best Long Border
The Bess of Hardwick Border - RHS / Tim Sandall
The Bess of Hardwick Border has won a Gold medal and Best Long Border. Designer Victoria Hall tool inspiration from Hardwick Hall's grand dame, Bess of Hardwick, who was essential in the development of country houses, including Chatsworth.
Victoria has reflected Harwick Hall's several walled borders in the split hazel panels and has taken inspiration from the garden with a palette of purples, pinks and yellows.
A touch of drama, designed by Paul Martin, also won a gold medal. We spoke to Paul about the process and you can read more below.
Pennard Plants was this year's Master Grower. Founded in 2001 and run by Chris Smith and Mike Milligan, the nursery specialises in young edible plants and heritage and heirloom seeds.
Their display at the show is promoting the benefits of growing your own and introduces a new variety of blight-resistant tomato.
Best Floral Marquee Exhibit
Bluebell Arboretum has won Best Exhibit in the Floral Marquee. The perfect stand for trees and shrubby plants, the exhibit is awash with three stunning collections of Cornus Kousa and Crinodendrom hookerianum.