RHS Chatsworth

Brewin Dolphin Garden Wins People's Choice Award

We are delighted to announce that The Brewin Dolphin Garden has won the People's Choice Award at the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

As the show drew to a close, designer Jo Thompson was presented with the award by the RHS. It is the only award to be decided by public vote and not by the RHS judging panel. Our congratulations to Jo and everyone who worked on the garden.

Contemporary Ballet on the Brewin Dolphin Garden

As the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show opened its doors, dancers from the London Contemporary Ballet Theatre performed a spectacular dance on the Brewin Dolphin garden.

Despite torrential rain, the dancers performed against the backdrop of the magnificent 70-metre steel sculpture reflecting the curves of the River Derwent beside which it sits. The contemporary performance, within the garden's ornamental meadow, embodied the sculptural quality of the garden in the traditional setting of the magnificent Chatsworth Estate.

 

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2017

This year the first ever RHS Chatsworth Flower Show took place in the spectacular grounds of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire’s Peak District.

Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth is renowned for its rich history of art and landscape.  The show celebrated 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, was 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 was designed by multi award-winning designer Jo Thompson. Embracing the majestic setting, the garden maximised the beautiful views and natural curves of the landscape and provided 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 reflected 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 swept 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 appeared to suspend 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 were connected by wildflower turf following the organic shape of the structure. At one end, majestic field maples and hornbeams created a glade of trees surrounded by meadow. At the other, an ornamental garden curved around the imposing steel building. A soft pastel planting palette of blues and pinks with highlights of apricot contrasted with the patina of the steel sculpture. Elsewhere, paving and sculptural seating referenced the millstones found across the peak district.

The Brewin Dolphin Garden Plant List

Designer Jo Thompson created a stunning ornamental meadow for the Brewin Dolphin Garden at RHS Chatsworth. The Garden included key plants such as Dahlias, Rosa Multiflora and Paeonia 'Shirley Temple' as well as some exciting additions such as Sanguisorba 'Pink Brushes'.

Planting was loose and energetic, to reflect the setting, and the colour palette was created from soft, delicate shades of pink and lavender.  A glade of trees including field maples and hornbeams complemented the magnificent woodland surrounding the garden.

View the plant list

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.

 

Brewin Dolphin Garden Wins People's Choice Award

We are delighted to announce that The Brewin Dolphin Garden has won the People's Choice Award at the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

As the show drew to a close, designer Jo Thompson was presented with the award by the RHS. It is the only award to be decided by public vote and not by the RHS judging panel. Our congratulations to Jo and everyone who worked on the garden.

Contemporary Ballet on the Brewin Dolphin Garden

As the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show opened its doors, dancers from the London Contemporary Ballet Theatre performed a spectacular dance on the Brewin Dolphin garden.

Despite torrential rain, the dancers performed against the backdrop of the magnificent 70-metre steel sculpture reflecting the curves of the River Derwent beside which it sits. The contemporary performance, within the garden's ornamental meadow, embodied the sculptural quality of the garden in the traditional setting of the magnificent Chatsworth Estate.

 

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2017

This year the first ever RHS Chatsworth Flower Show took place in the spectacular grounds of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire’s Peak District.

Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth is renowned for its rich history of art and landscape.  The show celebrated 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, was 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 was designed by multi award-winning designer Jo Thompson. Embracing the majestic setting, the garden maximised the beautiful views and natural curves of the landscape and provided 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 reflected 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 swept 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 appeared to suspend 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 were connected by wildflower turf following the organic shape of the structure. At one end, majestic field maples and hornbeams created a glade of trees surrounded by meadow. At the other, an ornamental garden curved around the imposing steel building. A soft pastel planting palette of blues and pinks with highlights of apricot contrasted with the patina of the steel sculpture. Elsewhere, paving and sculptural seating referenced the millstones found across the peak district.

The Brewin Dolphin Garden Plant List

Designer Jo Thompson created a stunning ornamental meadow for the Brewin Dolphin Garden at RHS Chatsworth. The Garden included key plants such as Dahlias, Rosa Multiflora and Paeonia 'Shirley Temple' as well as some exciting additions such as Sanguisorba 'Pink Brushes'.

Planting was loose and energetic, to reflect the setting, and the colour palette was created from soft, delicate shades of pink and lavender.  A glade of trees including field maples and hornbeams complemented the magnificent woodland surrounding the garden.

View the plant list

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.