One of Britain's greatest grand houses has teamed up with the Royal Horticultural Society to put on its own RHS Flower Show for the first time in 2017, and it's definitely going to be one to remember.
The RHS tells us the theme is 'Design Revolutionaries' and says this new event is a bold and innovative departure, using the magnificent 1,000 acre Chatsworth landscape created by past design revolutionaries like Joseph Paxton and Lancelot 'Capability' Brown to showcase the leading–edge work of tomorrow's design revolutionaries.
Says Nick Mattingley, RHS Shows Director: "Our aim is to create a new show that champions the horticultural innovation of today and the future, and encourages exhibitors to be progressive and think outside the box".
There'll be gardens, features and displays from hot new designers, show gardens using colour and space in ingenious and innovative ways, specialist nurseries, a marquee reconstruction of Joseph Paxton's Great Conservatory with spectacular floral displays, and gardening tips, talks and demonstrations by the RHS experts. A 'Future Heritage' display focusses on contemporary uses of traditional skills such as dry stone walling, and a new 'Freeform' category promotes the latest ideas in sculpture.
A new competition called 'Gardening in a Changing World' links with the RHS innovative science strategy and 3D models of the design entries will be on display. Even the layout is new. Instead of the simple grid system in use at other RHS shows, this one will follow the natural rises and hollows of the landscape, making the most of Chatsworth's amazing views. Specially–built bridges across the River Derwent – one in grand Palladian style with its own floral interior – will link the various parts of the show area.
As if all that's not enough, this break also gives you an afternoon in Harrogate, the White Rose County's most elegant spa and shopping resort. Chic, upmarket, called by some the 'Kensington of the North', Harrogate has a cosmopolitan café–culture, designer boutiques, Georgian water gardens, tree–lined boulevards, Victorian mansions and tranquil parks and gardens, although it is most famous for Bettys Tea Rooms and for its outstanding Turkish Baths.
This unmissable 2017 break includes return coach travel and overnight hotel with English breakfast, and we expect demand to be heavy so you are advised to book early.
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