RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2017
Garden designer Jo Thompson is designing the Brewin Dolphin Garden at the new RHS Chatsworth Flower Show this year. Follow her blog as she charts the journey of garden from its conception to its final arrival on site on the Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire, this June.
After eight show gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, I’m heading north to the new RHS Chatsworth show this June to create the Brewin Dolphin Garden for 2017.
Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth is renowned for its rich history of art and landscape. The show will celebrate the creative genius of gardeners from the past, including Capability Brown and Joseph Paxton who both played a pivotal role in shaping the Chatsworth Estate; and the talent, ideas and conceptual thinking of today's generation of garden designers.
The Brewin Dolphin Garden, in the new FreeForm category, will create a spectacular horticultural installation celebrating the landscape of the 1,000-acre parkland and the elegance and beauty of Chatsworth House.
View our garden on the RHS website here.
The Brewin Dolphin Garden 2017
Brewin Dolphin's inaugural garden at RHS Chatsworth will be designed by multi award-winning designer Jo Thompson. Embracing the majestic setting, the garden wll maximise the beautiful views and natural curves of the landscape and provide a spectacular contemporary viewpoint from which to enjoy Capability Brown's historic vistas.
Sited on the banks of the River Derwent, the scale of the garden will reflect the grandeur of its setting combining contemporary industrial materials with naturalistic planting. Central to the design, an imposing contemporary sculpture crafted from reinforcing steel bars will sweep through the space, taking in the shape of the river in a series of wide curves before cantilevering dramatically out over the water. Here, it will hang suspended in mid air before sweeping back to the riverbank and spiralling into a circular enclosed building.
A series of garden areas dotted along the sculpture's main frame will be connected by wildflower turf following the organic shape of the structure. At one end, majestic field maples and hornbeams will create a glade of trees surrounded by meadow. At the other, an ornamental garden will curve around the imposing steel building. A soft paster planting palette of blues and pinks with highlights of apricot will contrast with the patina of the steel sculpture. Elsewhere, paving and sculptural seating will reference the millstones found across the peak district.
Jo Thompson - Garden Designer
Multi award-winning designer Jo Thompson is one of the UK’s leading garden designers. She has won three gold and five silver gilt medals at RHS Chelsea and has been named as one of the country's top ten designers. Her exquisite planting has also led her to be considered one of the UK's leading plantswomen.
Jo’s garden designs range from tiny rooftop spaces to residential family gardens, public spaces and country estates. Rather than following fashions, Jo uses her understanding of place to ensure that the landscapes she creates work seamlessly in their location.
Whilst most of her work has been within the UK, she has also designed projects in Russia, France, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and Canada and has represented the UK at the Gardening World Cup in Japan.
Jo has been named ‘Best Rural Garden Designer’ (2011) and a Society of Garden Designers ‘Future Designer’ (2014). She is also listed by House and Garden magazine as one of the country’s top ten garden designers. She is a member of the RHS Gardens Committee and Garden Advisor for RHS Rosemoor. She lectures both nationally and internationally, and also tutors at The London College of Garden Design. Jo is also a Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers.
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